DENVER, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cochlear Americas is reaching out to victims of Hurricane Katrina by donating batteries for cochlear implant sound processors. The company also is showing support during this terrible tragedy by matching donations made by Cochlear employees and customers to organizations assisting with providing basic life necessities to these victims. Cochlear Americas also is working with audiology clinics to coordinate programming services for those displaced by the hurricane. Cochlear Americas is inviting cochlear implant wearers affected by Hurricane Katrina to call 800-458-4999 to receive a three-month supply of batteries. Wearers will be asked to provide the serial number from their sound processor along with their name and an address where they can receive the batteries. The company is also working with the national Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) to provide 3,000 batteries for distribution through SHHH's support network, Hear2Care. "To people who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants, being without batteries is like being cut off from the world," says Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas. "Of course, first concerns for the victims are life sustaining supplies and safety, but we are doing everything we can think of to help. We know how important these batteries are to those who depend on them to communicate." About Cochlear Implants Cochlear implants are a technological miracle for adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants provide useful hearing and improved communication abilities to those who receive little or no benefit from hearing aids. They are the only medical device designed to restore one of the five key senses. About Cochlear(TM) Americas Since launching the world's first cochlear implant system more than 20 years ago, Cochlear Limited and its US headquarters, Cochlear Americas, have brought the miracle of sound to more than 65,000 hearing-impaired individuals across the globe. Cochlear's state-of-the-art technologies, based on extensive research and development at preeminent academic institutions, restore the ability to hear sound and understand speech - enhancing both learning capabilities and quality of life for those with severe to profound hearing loss. Cochlear's promise "Hear Now. And Always" reflects its dedication to durability and service. For more information about Cochlear's products, and Cochlear's hurricane relief efforts, call 800-458-4999 or visit http://www.cochlear.com.
SOURCE Cochlear Americas