Monthly Archives: January 2015

Community Tech Tip: Create Graphic Designs Without Photoshop

You asked, we listened. You asked for more information on how you can help spread the word about your experience. So, we’re offering regular tech tips. Each tech tip shares a free and unique social way to share your story and experience the stories of others. This week, we’re covering Canva, a free online tool that allows you to easily create stunning visuals without graphic design skills.

Photos with quotes, hashtags and fun designs have been making their way around the web for quite a while now. But, what hasn’t been around for long is the ability to do design in a really simple way– without buying and using expensive programs. That’s why we want to introduce you to one of our favorite tools. Canva is a free user-friendly tool that allows you to create professional looking designs. Our friend and fellow Ponto wearer, Guy Kawasaki, is also the chief evangelist for Canva. His clout behind any technology definitely doesn’t hurt!

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Canva calls itself as the easiest design program in the world. And it’s true–you don’t need any experience to use it and the designs come out looking fresh and polished.

Here’s how to get started:

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Because Sound Matters: 2014’s Most Amazing Moments & A Promise for 2015

Happy New Year! 2014 was full of wonderful moments– we got to witness people just starting their journey with bone anchored hearing and see the bone anchored hearing community come together online and at events like the Ear Community Microtia and Atresia Summer Picnics and the Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Conference.

We wanted to recap a few of our favorite moments of 2014– just in case you missed any of these incredible stories.

In 2014, Your Voices Were Heard — On October 31, 2014, after a several-month-long battle, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruled that Bone Anchored Hearing Systems and auditory osseointegrated implants (AOIs) will remain a covered benefit for Medicare enrollees with qualifying indications.

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