Cochlear Celebration, one of the most awaited events for recipients and their families, has started. More than a thousand participants are expected to attend.
Taking place February 16-19 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida, Celebration is an event dedicated to Cochlear Family members from all across America. Every other year, recipients, their families and hearing experts get together to share success stories and create new friendships.
(Video: Cochlear Celebration 2015)
“The thing I love most about my job is our solid commitment to standing by our recipients in their hearing journey. It is a tremendous honor for me to meet so many of them in one place and I feel very privileged”, says Adi Nilson, Director of Marketing at Cochlear.
The event includes educational sessions on the latest hearing technology and ways to maximize the hearing experience, as well as private parties and a wide range of entertainment activities.
“I am looking forward to listening to personal experiences, and understanding how we can further develop our products”, says Johan Land, Senior Product Manager at Cochlear.
Shelly Shannon is a first grade teacher from Tampa, Florida. She is passionate about her work and the teacher-student exchange.
“I remember the day I woke up and I couldn’t hear. It took my life away”, says Shelly, worried she’d never be in the classroom again. She recounts the difficulties of working as a teacher affected by hearing loss and the exhaustion she’d experience after a day struggling to hear her students.
As soon as she received her Baha 5 Sound Processor, Shelly’s life came back to normal. The sounds she experiences are clear and crisp, regardless of the situation.
“We sit on the porch, listen to the birds sing, and even through the sound of the rain in the background, I can still have a wonderful conversation with my husband”, Shelly says.
With the Baha 5’s Made for iPhone technology, Shelly can easily stream music, TV shows, and video calls directly to her sound processor. Other features include the True Wireless technology, which, according to Shelly makes hearing even better. The TV streamer, the Phone Clip and the Mini Microphone simplify the experience of sound with no strings attached.
The World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event that fosters dialogue on ear care and prevention of hearing problems. In line with this year’s theme, “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”, Cochlear celebrates the World Hearing Day with an international campaign.
The importance of raising awareness on hearing impairment was first addressed in 2007 when the World Health Organization (WHO) and China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) partnered in an unprecedented initiative to voice the daily burden of some 360 million people affected by hearing disability. The World Hearing Day, formerly known as International Ear Care Day, resulted from the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment, jointly hosted by WHO and CDPF.
According to a 2012 WHO report, about 1 billion young people who are recreationally exposed to high sounds are at risk of developing long-term hearing problems. The same report points out that more than 60% of the childhood hearing loss cases can be prevented by taking specific measures. Coupled with the high incidence rate of hearing impairment in low and middle economies, these figures impose prompt action, and indicate a indicate a strong need to share knowledge and practices across territorial borders.
Awareness campaigns are therefore necessary, not only for spreading valuable information, but also to inspire and encourage people to get actively involved in promoting hearing health.
Cochlear is searching for the Happiest Sound in the World
The Happiest Sound in the World is a social media campaign that aims at raising worldwide awareness on hearing health. People from Sydney to Sao Paulo and London to Los Angeles are invited to share their #HappiestSound with the whole world. Participation is really simple and only takes a matter of minutes. Anyone can just share their happiest sound through video, audio, photograph or even write about it and then post it on social media using the hashtag #HappiestSound.
are invited to share the sounds that make them happiest by using the hashtag #happiestsound. The campaign runs through March 2, 2017, when the Happiest Sound in the World will be revealed.
(#happiestsound user posts from happiestsound.com)
Visit happiestsound.com to see all happiest sounds, get information about posting, and submit your contact details if you participate in the campaign.
Cochlear Europe Ltd invites all Cochlear™ Nucleus® and Cochlear™ Baha® implant recipients and their families to International Cochlear Implant Day and World Hearing Day, a free of charge event held at the Science Museum in London on February 25, 2017.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations in hearing, meet other recipients, and interact with the Cochlear team. Access is also free for anyone who is considering a Cochlear or Baha implant.