Apply for the 2016 Cochlear Anders Tjellström UK & Ireland Scholarship now!


Could you – or anyone you know – apply for the Anders Tjellström UK & Ireland Scholarship?

The unique award is open to Baha recipients who are:

  • a UK or Irish resident and implanted at a UK or Irish Baha implant centre
  • currently completing their final year of school or sixth form college and who have been accepted onto a full-time university or other tertiary education course
  • 18 years or over at application deadline
  • mature students who have been accepted onto a full-time or other tertiary education course
  • students currently undertaking a full-time university degree or other tertiary education course
  • studying for a minimum of 2 years
  • previous applicants are eligible to apply if they meet the above criteria

Applicants must submit their completed application form with all supporting documentation and required information by the deadline. No late applications or part of the application pack will be accepted. Please do not send original documents where copies have been requested, as documents will not be returned.

Deadline date for applications: 30 November 2016

Read more and download the application here

It’s time to apply for Cochlear US scholarships!

Every year, the Cochlear Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström Scholarships are awarded to students with Nucleus or Baha implants respectively, on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity.





Meet the 2016 scholarship winners





If you or someone you know is a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2016 in the United States and Canada, and have applied to an accredited college, university or technical school in 2017, take the opportunity to win this scholarship of $2,000 per year for up to four years!

How to apply:

The Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship is a unique award open to Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipients. Download the application form here.

The Anders Tjellström Scholarship is a unique award open to Baha system recipients. Download the application form here.


All materials must be submitted to Cochlear Americas with a postmark no later than September 30, 2016.

Good luck!

Skylar lost her hearing in a car accident – now she can hear again with the Baha Attract System


A terrible car accident left 17-year old Skylar deaf and blind. Now – two years later, her vision is back on one eye and she can hear again thanks to the Baha Attract System.

“In July 2014, my dad and I were driving to church for youth group. Just as we entered an intersection, a driver in a raised pickup truck ran a red light, T-boning and plowing through our small Volkswagen Beetle […] The result was gruesome: My dad was killed instantly and I was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.”

When Skylar woke up from her medically induced coma, it was to a traumatic brain injury and broken bones in her head, face, and the upper left side of her body. The left side of her face was completely paralyzed, she had profound hearing loss in both ears and was totally blind in her left eye.

After nine surgeries the doctors managed to save her shattered skull and repair her severed facial nerve. The hearing in her right ear came back unexpectedly after two weeks, but she was still completely deaf on her left side.

“I just kind of accepted the hearing loss and went about my life, trying to heal from all the other injuries. Until I had a follow-up appointment with my audiologist a few months later, when she told me I potentially qualified for a Baha device.

I had heard of Cochlear implants, but never bone-anchored hearing conduction devices. The technology was fascinating to me, and I was so excited that I could possibly regain some sound that we scheduled the Baha Attract surgery that very afternoon, for an operation two weeks later.”

Skylar was one of the Anders Tjellström scholarship winners this year, and is currently working as a summer intern in the US, supporting the Cochlear Recipient Services team. She says that she is glad she took the decision to get a Baha implant and that it has definitely changed her life for the better. She loves the magnet, too.

“The cool thing about the Baha Attract is that once the site healed from surgery, there was no more maintenance required. When I take off my processor there’s no sign that I have anything there, and the magnet isn’t strong enough to cause problems when I walk past lockers or fridges. (That was one of my actual concerns going into the procedure!)”


Read Skylar’s whole story here

Michael receives his Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award

Recently, the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award UK Ceremony was held in the town of Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham, where winner Michael King was presented with his award.

Michael King receiving his Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award

Michael with Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Kath Phillips and The Mayor’s Consort, Maurice Phillips

Michael, who studies at the prestigious Goldsmith’s College, part of the University of London, plans to save his £6,000 scholarship award to help pay his rent in his third year of studies.

“Receiving this scholarship is such a wonderful boost after a difficult few years of struggling to study because of my hearing loss. A bit like receiving the Baha System itself, getting the scholarship makes life so much easier!”

Michael’s surgeon, Nick Turner of Walsall’s Manor Hospital, was with Michael on the night and was thrilled to see Michael receive the award. In his acceptance speech, Michael made a note of thanking Mr Turner and the medical team who have helped him on his journey.

“I’d also like to thank the medical team at the Manor Hospital, I really couldn’t have got to where I am today without all their help. I especially want to thank Nick Turner who has been there from the beginning which was probably about 17 years ago. Mr Turner has always ensured I get the best treatment which is more than I could’ve asked for – on top of this he has listened to my dreams and aspirations and always tried to help me achieve them – even when the outlook was bleak. I really couldn’t have asked for more and for that I can’t thank him enough.”

Michael King with his surgeon, Nick Turner

Nick Turner, Associate Medical Director and Consultant ENT Surgeon, Michael and Louise Fletcher, Audiologist

Read more about Michael and his award here.

If you live in the UK and are interested to learn more about the Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award click here.

Remembering Dr. John Niparko


John K. Niparko, M.D. was one of the top Baha surgery pioneers in the US. He directed the Division of Otology and Neurotology at Johns Hopkins for many years, before taking over as chair of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Dr. Niparko received numerous awards, including the Deafness Research Foundation’s Annual Hearing Research Award in 2001. He served on the council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the NIH, and on the board of the River School of Washington, D.C., an inclusive educational model for children with hearing loss offering full immersion in classes with hearing peers.

He published a range of topics related to the management of acoustic tumors and malignancies of the temporal bone. He was an author or co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed reports and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Otology & Neurotology since 2006.

He was a leading authority on Cochlear Implantation and one of the first to perform Baha surgery in the United States. John’s advocacy was key to securing FDA and Medicare approvals for bone conduction hearing solutions. Throughout the years, John remained one of Cochlear’s most trusted advisors and one of our key professional partners, globally. His voice, presence and actions helped make Cochlear what it is today.

Dr. Niparko passed away on April 23, 2016.

Here he is remembered by his friend and colleague Dr Anders Tjellström:

In the late 1980s Dr Niparko came to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden, to learn more about bone conduction hearing solutions. Always a meticulous scientist, he carefully examined past and present Baha research and looked into individual patient charts. He took part both in the Baha outpatient clinic and in the OR. Here, he also did his first Baha surgery. Convinced of the benefit he then introduced the technique at the Johns Hopkins hospital back in the US.

For over 10 years Dr Niparko and myself conducted Instructional Courses at the annual American Academy meetings. Dr Niparko took part in several global hands-on training courses and workshops. These activities became the starting point for many surgeons in the US and all over the world.

Dr Niparko was very well respected in NIH. He supported Cochlear in discussions with legal authorities like FDA and insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid.  He presented his view based experience and a profound knowledge. His integrity was never questioned. Everyone wanted his opinion and advice. He would often get clinical questions from colleagues and always generously offered his point of view.

A good friend, a dedicated doctor and an outstanding scientist has been lost. My thoughts go to his wife Angie and their two sons, Nathan and Kevin.



Dr Anders Tjellström and Dr John Niparko


Congratulations to Michael King – the 2016 Anders Tjellström UK Scholarship winner!


Cochlear UK is pleased to announce Michael King from Walsall, UK as the second Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner.

Michael, 20, suffered from constant ear infections throughout his childhood due to a cholesteatoma. After many operations, including mastoidectomies to try and eradicate the disease, the colesteatoma was removed. Michael received his Baha Attract System from Walsall Manor Hospital in September 2015. He is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Programming at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Michael aims high and is diligent and committed in his studies. He attended mainstream school and achieved excellent qualifications. He has participated in many activities including volunteering as an ICT Technician in a school for children with learning difficulties, leading small groups of teenagers at his local youth group during holiday times and becoming a member of the Air Cadets.

Michael used to see his hearing loss as a huge wall that he could not overcome. Going out to meet people or going for a meal with family would just physically drain him due to the amount of concentration it took to hold a conversation in a noisy environment.

Since receiving his implant he says:

“My Baha Sound Processors, alongside the Mini Mic and Phone Clip, has enabled me to be able to hear whilst in lectures or group discussions. This means that I am able to expand my knowledge and skills with so much more ease than I would have done without help – and it’s opening doors for me, giving me a better quality of hearing. I can now confidently go out and enjoy myself with friends, while being able to hear everything they are saying.”

Today, he views his hearing loss to be a positive challenge rather than a barrier and now appreciates hearing what others may take for granted.

“I’m truly humbled to have been given the opportunity to receive my implant, let alone win this scholarship. I was offered the implant and was the first to receive it in my local area, and haven’t looked back, it really has been a life changing experience for me and I’m so grateful.”

Read more about the scholarship here.

Cochlear announces winners of 2016 Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships

2016 Cochlear Scholarship Winners (PRNewsFoto/Cochlear)

Yesterday the winners of the US Graeme Clark and Anders Tjellström scholarships were announced! Named after hearing implant industry pioneers, the annual scholarships recognize Nucleus Implant and Baha System recipients who not only demonstrate exemplary success in their academic pursuits, but also leadership and humanity in their local communities.

“We are proud to recognize these eight exceptional students and reward them with college scholarships,” says Tony Manna, president of Cochlear Americas. “The winners overcame remarkable challenges and achieved so much in their young lives. We are excited to see what the next chapter has in store for this year’s scholarship recipients.”

Five students were recipients of the 2016 Graeme Clark Scholarship:

  1. Kelin McCloskey (Washington College) from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  2. Megan Zahneis (Miami University) from West Chester, Ohio
  3. Natalie Synder (Rochester Institute of Technology) from West Henrietta, New York
  4. Taylor Thompson (Purdue University) from Franklin, Indiana
  5. Willa Tsao (Cornell University) from Wind Lake, Wisconsin

Three students were awarded the 2016 Anders Tjellström Scholarship:

  1. Allison Villa (University of Mississippi) from Oak View, California
  2. Kathleen “McKenna” Nelson (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) from Greenville, North Carolina
  3. Skyler Mason (Arizona State University) from Phoenix, Arizona

“The Cochlear Baha System has allowed me to experience life more fully. I can hear my family and friends laughing, making jokes and sharing some of our favorite memories,” says Kathleen Nelson. “I’m also finally able to fully hear my violin when I play. The first time I played with full hearing was so powerful it moved me to tears.”

For more information about the scholarships, visit