Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.



A new solar powered cochlear-implant devices from CISOLAR will soon be available this fall after receiving FDA approval. This is an exciting new technology which eliminates external components, using instead a miniature solar cell panel that generates electricity. Engineers, under several grants from NIH, first conducted a survey, then implemented some of the recommendations in its design, adding new features such as safe mode which will filter and block curse words that overprotective parents don't want their Deaf children to hear. Options also includes a NPR channel. Several models are available from CISOLAR, including one with a GPS tracking system. 

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