Purposeful People Series

Ear Community Encourages Listening for Change

Led by Melissa Tumblin, the nonprofit seeks insurance coverage for hearing devices

By Matthew Schwartz

Ear Community supports individuals born with Microtia (missing or underdeveloped ears) and Atresia (absent or underdeveloped ear canals resulting in hearing loss). Driven by a dynamic mother-and-daughter duo, the nonprofit is now on the cusp of achieving one of its main goals: mandating insurance coverage for people in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.