President Bill Clinton (right) pictured with John Falcone, president and CEO, Sennheiser USA.
President Bill Clinton helped the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center (LHSC), Lexington, Ky, ring in its 50th anniversary by being the featured speaker during a fundraising dinner held on August 13 at the R.J. Corman Railroad Group Corporate headquarters and hangar in Jessamine County, Ky. The event, which was sponsored in part by audio manufacturer Sennheiser, drew a capacity crowd of 500 guests including political dignitaries, celebrities, and local LHSC supporters.
The LHSC teaches children with hearing, speech, and language impairments to listen and talk by providing education, therapeutic, and family support services. Sennheiser, a company that has developed and manufactured products for hearing-impaired individuals for many years was present at the event to support hearing, speech, and language-impaired children and their families.
"The reason I hope you’ll help these people fund this is, they have proven their worth," said President Clinton during his speech. "You see these kids. You can see the adults now. Some of them, even old geezers like me, they have been doing this 50 years. And they change lives. And they change the paradigm of providing services to people who are hearing impaired in Kentucky. So now it’s not just them, it’s everybody they influenced over 50 years.”
Sennheiser’s President and CEO John Falcone said his company applauds the LHSC’s efforts, and that Sennheiser will continue to develop and pursue innovative audiology products.
President Clinton meets the children of Lexington Hearing & Speech Center.
“President Clinton manages his own hearing loss through the use of bilateral hearing aids and has a special connection to the challenges faced by the children and families served by the center,” said Lori Shepherd, LHSC executive director. “No one has a better understanding of the value of strong communication skills, or a more unique perspective on the importance of teaching children with hearing and speech difficulties to listen and talk.”
LHSC is a private, nonprofit agency that provides vital services to the state and local community including early identification of hearing loss, preschool and kindergarten educational programs, and onsite hearing services. LHSC’s preschool program also serves children with speech and language delays, and the center offers an active outpatient clinic for speech, language, and audiology services.
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems.