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From left, Turner Hitt, 17, and his mother, Maryann Smithwick, manager of corporate health at Phoebe East, have both seen the benefits of the early detection in hearing loss in infants. Despite being born deaf, Hitt has managed to excel both intellectually and artistically.

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Deaf teenager excels in the world of sound

Approximately three out of every 1,000 babies are born with some sort of hearing loss, officials say.

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