In 2009, Jess Toews was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a hereditary condition most commonly associated with bilateral vestibular schwannomas, also known as acoustic neuromas. These are benign (noncancerous) tumors that occur on the nerves for balance and hearing leading to the inner ear. Over the last 9 years, Jess has been through many medical obstacles including deafness, and she is one of just a few people in the United States that has an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) as well as a cochlear implant.
Tune in to hear Jessica’s inspirational story (wear some crazy socks too!).
Jessica’s surgeon, Ravi Samy, M.D., presented a webinar, Auditory Brainstem Implantation, in September 2018. You may wish to view the recording before Jessica’s presentation.