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Wireless streaming makes “hearables” the most popular wearables in the world

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In 2018, fifth generation Bluetooth® wireless streaming was native in the world’s leading smart phones and Bluetooth headsets were the most popular wearable device in the world—providing a connection that lets the wearer tune in or tune out the world.   It turns out, hearable wireless technology is a powerful equalizer. It increases the range, … Continued

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Cochlear partners with Ear Community to support hearing loss advocacy efforts

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Creating a community At the time of Ally’s birth, there wasn’t enough information available about options for children born with hearing loss. So, Melissa embarked on her mission to gather and share information about resources and options by establishing the Ear Community. During early childhood, hearing is critical to a child’s development and can impact … Continued

Cochlear wins the heart of busy city clerk

Cochlear wins the heart of busy city clerk

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“It had done a good job. But it was starting to get tired. It had a lot of deterioration on the top of the exterior and the microphones didn’t seem to work as well. I wasn’t getting the full benefit anymore,” said Kris.   When her Baha 3 Sound Processor hit five years old, Kris … Continued

Bring Back the Beat Worlds

How to help regain hearing music with Bring Back the Beat

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The primary objective of cochlear implants is to optimize speech intelligibility. Given the emotional power of music, it’s no surprise that more than one cochlear implant recipient has said, I can understand speech with the sound processor, but music doesn’t sound as good as it used to.   The issue is that music is a … Continued

Volunteer Blog

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Velda M says cochlear implants are as close to natural hearing as she can remember

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Velda M. was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease after experiencing severe episodes of vertigo. Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disease that typically affects one ear and can cause pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise, also known as tinnitus. Here is her story during … Continued

After years of isolation due to hearing loss, cochlear implant recipient lives life to the fullest

After years of isolation due to hearing loss, cochlear implant recipient lives life to the fullest

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John B. knew his hearing had hit rock bottom when he misheard a question during a work presentation to about 250 coworkers about a big project. He still remembers the day just like it was yesterday. John was an expert lip reader, but after answering the question in great detail, he noticed the shocked faces … Continued

Volunteer Appreciation

Cochlear Volunteers are paying it forward with the gift of time

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Paying it forward When asked why she became a Cochlear volunteer, Suzy H., a Cochlear recipient and volunteer from Portland, OR responded, “I would like to pay it forward. Being available to help others who are feeling stuck or just starting out on their hearing journey can make a real difference. I think it is important … Continued

Bring Back The Beat

Rediscovering the joy of music with new app, Bring Back the Beat

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To help address this problem, Cochlear has developed “Bring Back the Beat”, a new learning app in the form of a game to help adults with Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants to reconnect with the joy of music. Research shows that focused attention to music and listening practice improve appreciation of music. The interactive app brings to … Continued

Lisa and family

The wonderful world of sound—times three

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Lisa and Ryan are the parents of three children born with hearing loss as a result of a genetic event called Connexin 26. This type of hearing loss is pre-lingual, occurring before the age of speech development. Today, Ella Marie age 9, and twin sisters Isabella and Sophia age 7, are all bilateral cochlear implant … Continued

Music and making memories draw record crowd to Cochlear Celebration 2019

Music and making memories draw record crowd to Cochlear Celebration 2019

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Sheiladawn Fitch was so excited about the opportunity to unite with other cochlear implant recipients, share her experiences and learn from others, the grandmother drove three days cross-country from her home town in southern Texas to Cochlear’s ‘Celebration 2019’.   Given her fear of flying, she set out on the 991 mile road trip to … Continued

Cochlear Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award presented to dynamic husband and wife duo.

Cochlear Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award presented to dynamic husband and wife duo.

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The Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a volunteer or volunteer family who has made significant contributions to Cochlear’s mission, day in and day out, for 10 years or more.  This award is a very special one, as it demonstrates how our commitment to recipients translates to Cochlear volunteers’ commitment to helping others. Since … Continued

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Is it too late for hearing therapy?

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Below are some questions you should consider in identifying whether you may benefit from additional participation in hearing therapy and which type might be best for you. Questions to consider Do you understand most speakers easily and completely? Are you able to understand a speaker without seeing his/her face? What if the speaker is at … Continued

Consumer Electronics Show Cochlear

Cochlear volunteer shares at Consumer Electronics Show how Cochlear technology allows recipients to listen at work and home

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“This is a huge accomplishment for a person with normal hearing, but for someone who is deaf? People who meet me and learn what I do for a living don’t understand how I am able to work in a job where one of my primary responsibilities is to transcribe meeting notes verbatim, and my response … Continued

Making A Difference

Making a difference: changing the way the world sees hearing

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Andreas and Caroline Schwabe Throughout their marriage, Caroline and Andreas Schwabe worked as a team to manage Caroline’s hearing loss. A year after marrying, Caroline got her first pair of hearing aids. The pair adopted an idea that was at the core of every decision: “What provides the best hearing outcome?” Where we do we … Continued

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What is hearing therapy and why is it important?

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Hearing therapy, or rehabilitation, following your implant surgery is instrumental to hearing redevelopment and can possibly even bring back sounds you may have completely forgotten about. Hearing therapy approaches may vary from person to person depending on the severity and timing of your hearing loss. No matter what sound processor you have, hearing therapy is … Continued

New year, new you: using your insurance benefits at the beginning of the year

New year, new you: using your insurance benefits at the beginning of the year

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Happy New Year! The beginning of the year might be a great time for you to consider replacing your current sound processor with next-generation technology. Using your insurance benefits at the beginning of the year might be a good option for you if you’ve been considering replacing your current sound processor. As the new year … Continued

Cochlear Celebrates Volunteers on International Mentoring Day

Cochlear Celebrates Volunteers on International Mentoring Day

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As a Cochlear volunteer and mentor, you know firsthand how impactful it is for people to have someone to talk to, someone to listen, and someone with them as they navigate the journey through hearing loss. On this International Mentoring Day we spoke with Cochlear volunteer Marilyn K. of Rochester, MN about what being a … Continued

Pay It Forward on #GivingTuesday

Pay It Forward on #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday is recognized the Tuesday right after Thanksgiving. People around the world give donations and volunteer their time to nonprofits and charitable organizations. Cochlear Gives Back Cochlear’s mission to help people hear and be heard is our inspiration for all that we do every day. It is our great privilege to support organizations that align … Continued

Veterans Day

Veteran Hits the Open Road with his Cochlear Implant

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A South Dakota native, Don joined the military in 1967 and by the time he was 22, he had completed two combat tours in Vietnam. Don was trained in helicopter maintenance and then became a Crew Chief, which required flying and operating a machine gun on his first tour. On his second tour, he oversaw … Continued