Happy National Volunteer Month! Cochlear sends a shout out to all the wonderful people with huge hearts who volunteer to help others. From recipients, to the parents, grandparents and loved ones of recipients, Cochlear’s volunteer network brings together all parts of the Cochlear Family. Cochlear volunteers inspire, motivate, guide and empower others, and for these reasons we say thank you!

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This April, Cochlear celebrates National Volunteer Month, a time to honor all volunteers for their dedication and support to making a difference in the lives of others. Cochlear is fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers who selflessly give of their time and talents to help others along their hearing journey.

Our volunteers are a huge source of inspiration and motivation for all of us at Cochlear. They share a unique perspective of what it is like to hear with a Cochlear™ Implant, either Nucleus® or Baha®, every day. It is the dedication and willingness of these volunteers to share their personal experiences that has helped so many others join the Cochlear Family and live life with better hearing.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO VOLUNTEER?

In the spirit of National Volunteer Month, we asked ourselves what it means to volunteer.

A person who chooses to volunteer and give time to help fulfillan organization’s mission, is committed to serving others. Volunteers think less about what they can get from volunteering and more on what they can contribute.
They seek to:

    • Find their passion — discover what excites them, what fills their heart.
    • Contribute their time and refine their talents
    • Connect with their community and meet others with similar interests
    • Create bonds and friendships that can last a lifetime

Engage with a wide range of age groups — from the young to the young at heart

These are all benefits of volunteering with Cochlear. Our volunteers’ willingness to “pay it forward” and advocate for those with hearing loss is what sustains the Cochlear Family, and makes us all stronger. We wouldn’t be where we are today without each and every volunteer.

This National Volunteer Month, we have over 3,000 reasons to celebrate. We owe a huge thank you to our 3,000+ volunteers near and far. Together, we are helping people hear and be heard.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “WHY I VOLUNTEER”

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give;” and nobody understands this more than our Cochlear volunteers. They are caring, passionate, enthusiastic, and have touched hundreds of lives in so many ways. Whether connecting with others online or in person, Cochlear volunteers are a meaningful source of support to others.

We asked our volunteers to tell us in their own words why they choose to give back. Here’s what they said:
“I decided to become a Cochlear volunteer and a mentor because I know I can help others by simply sharing my experience. Unless you have lost your hearing and had an implant, you cannot really know what it’s like. There were times I felt very alone. Being deaf can be isolating. We need to support one another.”— Karen W., Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipient
“I volunteer with Cochlear Americas because I feel it is important to give back to those that change your life. To be able to help other parents who are just beginning this journey brings me tremendous joy. If I can make just one family’s experience easier, then I will be proud to call myself a volunteer.”—Tara L., parent of a Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipient
“It’s not therapy or counseling, it’s walking that path together. Not pulling people to the solutions, but allowing them to make their own informed decisions about their hearing.”—Dan N., Baha Implant recipient
“It is so incredible to talk with a candidate and then follow up with them once they are hearing. Many say they would not have proceeded if they had not talked with me (or someone else).”—Adele M., Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipient
“As a person who went deaf later in life, silence can be frightening. I am happy to be able to share with people that silence does not need to be their fate. I am proof of that.”—Dennis S., Nucleus Cochlear Implant recipient

Why do you volunteer? Tell us in the comments below!

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit the Volunteer Hub located in your Cochlear Family account to learn more.

Are you a hearing implant candidate looking to connect with a mentor? Visit Cochlear Connections.

Cochlear Americas
We’re the people who help people hear. We invented the world’s first multi-channel cochlear implant over 30 years ago, which has evolved into our Cochlear™ Nucleus® System today. Later, we added a bone conduction implant, the Cochlear Baha® System, to our treatment options, so we could help care for more people with hearing loss. And now, with the Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid Implant System, we can help individuals missing high-frequency sounds who may not have had an effective treatment option available to them.