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Maddie Poppe Releases ‘First Aid Kit’

American Idol winner Maddie Poppe has released her single, ‘First Aid Kit,’ out now, her third single since winning Idol.

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She also announced her next single, “Little Things,” will be released on March 1st, and that she has plans to release a full album on May 17 th on Hollywood Records and 19 Recordings, an Industrial Media company.

“I’m really excited to release ‘First Aid Kit’ because it feels like it’s authentically me. It’s about finding someone who helps you heal from a broken heart and learning to love again,” explained Maddie. “I love the message of this song, and it feels incredible to release something that I feel such a personal connection to. It’s very heartwarming.”

On upcoming single, “Little Things,” Maddie says: “This is a special song: it was written specifically for me, inspired by my relationship with Caleb.” Maddie began dating fellow Idol contestant, Caleb Lee Hutchinson while filming the show, and shares that he has been a big source of inspiration for her music. “I couldn’t believe how much every word rings true to my relationship and how it feels when we’re apart.

Maddie has accumulated over 13 M streams globally, with a dedicated fan base eager for more. Maddie’s first single post-American Idol, “Going Going Gone,” soared to #3 on the iTunes US Overall chart, #2 on the iTunes US Pop Charts, and peaked at #4 on the Spotify US Viral chart.

Poppe has had a whirlwind year since winning Idol last May. She performed on several high profile television shows and headlined the Idol tour, all the while writing and recording new music. On her upcoming album, Maddie shares: “The process on this album has been a lot of fun. Hollywood Records has been such a blessing to work with- they have given me the reins to make the album that I want to make, and have supported my decisions. I’m really staying true to myself on this album and I’ve gotten to work with a really great team.”

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CHILDREN × HEARING LOSS

Have Your Child Screened by an Audiologist if You Suspect Hearing Loss

As children get back to school, keep in mind that academic struggles may be a sign of hearing loss

 

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. The total number of children with some type of hearing loss is unknown and many cases go undiagnosed. Children with mild hearing loss may go undetected but could experience an impact on their learning ability and schoolwork.  The American Academy of Audiology is working to educate the public on the importance of hearing health, particularly in children.

While most infants’ hearing is tested, ear infections in subsequent years and exposure to loud noises as well as various illness or genetic traits can lead to hearing loss. Five out of six children experience ear infections in their first three years.

 

“A child with just minor hearing loss can be missing 50 percent of the classroom discussion,” said Jackie Clark, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology.  “There are children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability when really what they need are hearing aids.”

Lack of hearing can lead to behavioral issues, lack of focus, even depression in children. Children with hearing loss often don’t recognize that they can’t hear and parents don’t always know the signs.

Here are some of the signs parents and teachers should look for:

·         Child has difficulty following through with assignments and often doesn’t seem to

understand the task

·         Child often doesn’t understand questions and either does not respond or doesn’t respond appropriately

·         Child’s speech is different from other children the same age. He/she may struggle to pronounce simple words or is unable to repeat a phrase. May have problems articulating or language delays.

·         Child often asks you to repeat things or watches your face intently trying to understand what you’re saying

·         Child has difficulty hearing on the phone

·         Child speaks loudly when not warranted

·         Child has chronic ear pain

·         Child often complains of noises he/she cannot identify

·         Child cannot keep up academically

“Often parents and teachers overlook the fact that a child’s behavior may be a sign of hearing loss,” Clark explained.  “If parents suspect an issue, they should have their child evaluated by an audiologist.  Audiologists have the tools and training to identify hearing loss, degrees of hearing loss, and can recommend solutions.”

The American Academy of Audiology provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website: www.audiology.org. Click on “Find an Audiologist.”

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