Jan 2019 PRNewswire

Cochlear Limited hosts the largest gathering of hearing implant recipients at the eighth Cochlear Celebration event Feb 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 1,000 Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant and Baha® System recipients and their families from the United States and Canada come together at the four-day convention to celebrate the joys, challenges and personal triumphs of overcoming hearing loss, while improving their hearing performance.

Scholarship Winners

Cochlear recognises eight young adults who have received the 17th annual Graeme Clark and the eighth annual Anders Tjellström Scholarships. The scholarships, named after two pioneers of the hearing implant industry, recognise Nucleus Implant and Baha System recipients in the United States and Canada who uphold the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity while demonstrating high academic achievement. "Because our hearing implant recipients are united by sound, we at Cochlear are honoured to provide an experience for them to come together and connect with those who have been on a similar journey," said Rene Courtney, Vice President, Recipient Services, Cochlear Americas. "In addition to camaraderie and celebratory activities, recipients can participate in educational sessions to learn the latest on their devices from industry experts and have hands-on opportunities to try the latest products and maximise their Cochlear technology, so they can experience the joy of hearing now and always."

The five 2019 Graeme Clark Scholarship winners are:

  1. Sam Bidwell (Wesleyan University) from Bloomfield, Connecticut
  2. Alexandra Bushby (McMaster University) from Alliston, Ontario
  3. Jessica Hayden (University of Maine) from Milford, Maine
  4. Rachel Knobel (University of Delaware) from Columbia, Maryland
  5. Derek Lee (University of California, Los Angeles) from Palo Alto, California

The three 2019 Anders Tjellström Scholarship winners are:

  1. Amber Greenburg (Union University) from Hudson, Illinois
  2. Katie Soudek (Baylor University) from Kingfisher, Oklahoma
  3. Laura Smith (Texas A&M University) from Metairie, Louisiana

"At 18 months, I was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss, and my parents were told I would never hear or speak," said Hayden, a Nucleus Implant System recipient. "I have worked tirelessly to overcome the daily obstacles and limitations associated with my deafness. At an early age, I received bilateral cochlear implants, I learned to hear and speak, and I refused to let myself, or anyone else, lower the expectations and aspirations I set for myself. I will graduate third in my class this spring, and I will begin work to obtain a double major in microbiology and molecular and cellular biology this fall. Thanks to Professor Clark, Cochlear's technology and through my own determination, I have attained achievements many said were not attainable."

Also at Celebration, Cochlear will launch "Bring Back the Beat," a new learning app designed to help adults with Cochlear Nucleus Implants to reconnect with the joy of music. Music can play an integral role in people's lives; however, some implant recipients report listening to music again after hearing loss can be a challenge. Because research shows that focused attention and listening practice actually improves appreciation of music, Cochlear created Bring Back the Beat to support recipients on this journey. The interactive app uses games to bring to life five different worlds of music, starting with simple notes and instruments and building to more complex melodies and musical activities. The app allows users to explore a variety of instruments, notes and pitches. Players can even create and stage their own concert within the app, and they can link their Spotify account within the app to keep track of the music they have listened to and enjoyed.  The Bring Back the Beat app will be available to download from the App Store® or on Google PlayTM.

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