The Cochlear Celebration Day certainly lived up to its name when hundreds of Cochlear recipients, candidates and their families joined together on 25 February 2017 for fun, friendship and finding out about the latest hearing implant technology.
In celebration of World Hearing Day and International Cochlear Implant Day, Cochlear hosted the event at London’s Science Museum. Two sessions were held, with the morning for Cochlear Family members and the afternoon open to the wider Cochlear community.
Presentations focused on technology updates with the Q&A sessions being extremely popular. There was opportunity to visit the stands where Cochlear Implant (CI) and Baha recipients could meet with Cochlear team members and find out more. The entertainment certainly kept both children and adults amused with face painters, balloon shapers and magicians making the day a magical one.
“It was a fantastic turn out,” says David, aged 70, from Wigston in Leicestershire, and one of the many Cochlear volunteers who came to the event. A CI recipient himself for the past 12 years, he was giving his firsthand experience on how to use a phone clip.
Others, like 44 year-old CI recipient Tamara from Walthamstow, wanted to “celebrate our day with other CI and future implantees”. She says: “I felt it was important and that we are one big family. I don’t interact with many CI people in my day to day life, working, attending the gym, dancing and being a Mum.”
This was Tamara’s second visit to a Cochlear Celebration Day. Her first she found a great support talking to other CI recipients and Cochlear staff, as it was just three months after she was implanted. This time she came with a fellow CI recipient who she has become good friends with since meeting at the Home Counties Cochlear Implant Group (HCCIG), and who coincidentally lived down the road.
“I enjoyed the event and felt part of a community. The presentations were good, as well as the questions that were asked. I enjoyed visiting the stand demonstrating Kanso [Cochlear’s newest off-the-ear, discreet sound processor] and being able to try this attached to my implant magnet, as well as discussing possible future developments,” she says.
Lisa, who travelled solo from Portsmouth deciding to give her hearing dog Inca a day off, was pleased to have met the whole Cochlear Family.
I really enjoyed the day. It was amazing to see so much information on offer. I learned so much about ReSound hearing aids and how they work together with Cochlear CI and Baha Implants to stream sound to both devices at the same time. I met new people to share my experiences with and offered my support as a mentor.
“It was also great to meet all my friends who I have mentored, hearing how their journeys with sound have been. It was an amazing day. I wish we could do more.”
For Nathan, who left New Zealand last August to study for a Masters in Clinical Audiology at the University of Southampton, the day was a first. The 29-year-old, who wants to become an audiologist, says the event was “awesome”.
He wanted to catch up with two good friends from New Zealand who were going to be there. And says he was interested to hear about the Cochlear Family network and the company’s “technical and science updates”.
“It was nice to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and of course meet Kaci the CI koala [who was popular too with all the children who attended]. I left the celebration with some great information on Cochlear’s latest mini-microphone accessory for my implant – something which I’ve just had the pleasure of using for the first time today in a practical session at university. Needless to say it worked as promised!”
We look forward to many more of these days to come!
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