Cochlear Americas Provides Support for Cochlear Implant Recipients to Pursue Higher Education
Company Announces 2009 Graeme Clark Scholarship Winners
"Cochlear Americas is dedicated to empowering our Nucleus recipients with an opportunity to pursue higher goals and achieve their greatest dreams," said
The five scholarship winners are:
Emily Fustos( Allison Park, PA), a freshman at Pennsylvania State University, was born profoundly deaf and received a Nucleus cochlear implant at age 2. Emily is enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College where she is considering using her unique perspective of both the deaf and hearing worlds to specialize in speech pathology and communication disorders. Alison Marinelli( South Windsor, CT), a freshman at Assumption College, was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at the age of 9 months, and at age 4 received her first Nucleus cochlear implant. She received a second cochlear implant in her other ear as a teenager. She is pursuing a degree in speech and language pathology, with the ultimate goal of attaining both her master's and doctorate degrees to better assist others in developing skills in hearing and oral communication. Heather Page( Fairfield, OH), a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, was diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss at age 3 and received a Nucleus cochlear implant when she was 16. Heather is working toward a degree in marine biology and environmental studies within the nationally-recognized marine biology program at UNCW, and pursuing her passion for music as concert master of the clarinet section in the UNCW Wind Symphony. Grayson Swaim( Camby, IN), a freshman at Wabash College, became deaf from bacterial meningitis when he was 10 months old and received a Nucleus cochlear implant at age 5. Grayson believes his cochlear implant helped him to achieve his goals of graduating from high school with honors and getting accepted into a four-year university. Grayson hopes to pursue a career in law and make a difference in people's lives by creating more opportunities for those in need. Tyler Wagner( Ackley, IA), a sophomore at University of Northern Iowa, lost his hearing after a tragic trampoline accident in 1998. Shortly after the accident, he received a Nucleus cochlear implant. Tyler excelled in athletics in high school, placing sixth in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament his senior year. Tyler is currently pursuing a degree in exercise science and looks forward to having a positive impact on the health of others.
The winners were announced at an award ceremony held
For 2009, Cochlear Americas received 80 scholarship applications from students in 27 states across the U.S. and five provinces in
About Cochlear Americas
Cochlear Americas is the world's leader in advanced hearing technologies. Since launching the first multichannel cochlear implant system more than 25 years ago, Cochlear Limited and its U.S. headquarters have brought the miracle of sound to more than 150,000 hearing-impaired individuals across the globe. Cochlear Americas' state-of-the-art cochlear implant technology, based on extensive research and development at preeminent academic institutions, provides the ability to hear sound and better understand speech, enhancing both learning capabilities and quality of life for those with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Cochlear Americas also markets an implantable bone-anchored hearing device for treatment of conductive and mixed hearing loss, as well as single-sided deafness. For more information about Cochlear Americas' products, call the Cochlear Hotline at 800/458-4999 (Voice) or 800/483-3123 (TTY) or visit www.cochlearamericas.com
About the Graeme Clark Cochlear Scholarship Foundation
The Graeme Clark Cochlear Scholarship Foundation was established in 2002 in honor of Professor
About Cochlear Implants
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted and works by directly stimulating functioning auditory nerve fibers in the inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants do not amplify sound, but instead are designed to mirror natural hearing. Cochlear implants convert sound waves to electrical impulses and transmit them to the inner ear, providing people with severe-to-profound hearing loss the ability to identify sounds in their environment and often to understand speech without reading lips. The cochlear implant is recognized as a standard treatment for profound deafness by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. For more information about cochlear implants, visit www.cochlearamericas.com.
SOURCE Cochlear Americas