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Cochlear Americas Provides Support for Cochlear Implant Recipients to Pursue Higher Education

and doctorate degrees to better assist others in developing skills in hearing and oral communication.

  • Heather Page (Fairfield, OH), a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, was diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss at age 3 and received a Nucleus cochlear implant when she was 16. Heather is working toward a degree in marine biology and environmental studies within the nationally-recognized marine biology program at UNCW, and pursuing her passion for music as concert master of the clarinet section in the UNCW Wind Symphony.

  • Grayson Swaim (Camby, IN), a freshman at Wabash College, became deaf from bacterial meningitis when he was 10 months old and received a Nucleus cochlear implant at age 5. Grayson believes his cochlear implant helped him to achieve his goals of graduating from high school with honors and getting accepted into a four-year university. Grayson hopes to pursue a career in law and make a difference in people's lives by creating more opportunities for those in need.

  • Tyler Wagner (Ackley, IA), a sophomore at University of Northern Iowa, lost his hearing after a tragic trampoline accident in 1998. Shortly after the accident, he received a Nucleus cochlear implant. Tyler excelled in athletics in high school, placing sixth in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament his senior year. Tyler is currently pursuing a degree in exercise science and looks forward to having a positive impact on the health of others.

The winners were announced at an award ceremony held March 29 as part of Cochlear Americas' Celebration 2009. This inspirational four-day event offers educational sessions and a variety of activities designed

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