This year’s Graeme Clark Scholarship Award has been won by Genevieve Khoury, a medical student in Liverpool, who wants to be a doctor.
Genevieve, who is 20 years old, was born with a progressive hearing loss, although she was not diagnosed until the age of six. She wore hearing aids until her hearing deteriorated to a level where she could hear very little. At the age of 15, she was fitted with a Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implant which she says changed her life.
Genevieve attended mainstream school and with the support of friends, family and hearing healthcare professionals at the Southampton Auditory Implant Service – as well as lots of hard work and determination – Genevieve achieved excellent GCSE and A level results before continuing to advanced education.
A second implant at the age of 19 helped Genevieve to understand the direction of sound more and allowed her to hear better when in a group. She now manages well amongst peers at Liverpool University.
The benefits of having cochlear implants are huge! I often relied on the help of close friends for clarification of things I misheard and was generally a quiet person. I now have access to sounds I had never heard before and I am able to hear all the letters that make up everyday speech. My confidence has grown and so has my social group. A greater hearing range has meant I am able to benefit not only from speech sounds but also sounds that are common place or unremarkable for others. I am able to finally hear the birds sing, the ticking of the clock (used to assume it was a figure of speech!), the indicators of the car and the crossing signal beeps amongst other things. I am able to listen to the news on the radio and friends and family have reported an improvement in my speech.
As a Nucleus 6 recipient, Genevieve has been able to make full use of the True Wireless™ technology.
I have connected the Mini Microphone to my Thinklabs One Stethoscope and am able to hear heart and lungs sounds on myself and family members which I could never do before! It is amazing! I can also take advantage of connecting the stethoscope to my phone to allow me to see ECG tracings.
On hearing that she had won the award
I am delighted and extremely grateful to be rewarded the Graeme Clark Scholarship. Having cochlear implants has opened up a world of opportunities for me and has allowed me to fulfil my dream of studying medicine. I am very grateful to have had continuous help and support from all my friends, teachers, family and the staff at Southampton Auditory Implant Service.
The annual Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship was set up to help implant recipients achieve more in further education and we are delighted that Genevieve has won this year. Genevieve has shown perseverance and leadership, while benefiting from Cochlear’s state-of-the-art technologies. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
The UK & IE Graeme Clark Scholarship is open to Cochlear Nucleus Implant recipients. It has been set up to help implant recipients achieve more in continuing further education at an accredited university, college or other educational institution. If you’re completing your final year of school or sixth from college and have been accepted onto a university or tertiary education course, if you’re a mature aged student or a younger student currently undertaking a university degree or other tertiary education course, then you can apply!
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