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Cochlear Americas Honors Achievements of Cochlear Implant Recipients during May's Better Hearing & Speech Month
Date:5/4/2010

Technology, Rahul credits his cochlear implant with helping him to function independently and socialize fully with peers.  In high school, he had the honor of presenting findings from a global warming project to his state senator's office in Washington, DC.  Rahul is honored to receive the Graeme Clark Cochlear Scholarship and says it inspires him to be a role model for others who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Nathan Sarapas (Hampstead, NH): Now studying civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Nathan has overcome many obstacles, particularly in the academic setting, since being diagnosed with severe progressive hearing loss as a toddler.  With the help of a cochlear implant, Nathan excelled in his studies and contributed to his community through participation in the Boy Scouts of America.  In 2009, Nathan graduated in the top four percent of his class of nearly 700 students.
  • Jake Spinowitz (Woodbury, NY): A student at the University of Pennsylvania, Jake used hearing aids all of his life until the ninth grade when his hearing regressed to the point of deafness and he opted to get a cochlear implant.  Jake has since taught himself how to play guitar and started a community program where he collected hearing aids for donation to those who couldn't afford them.
  • Matthew Wolff (Ardsley, NY): A TV and film major at Northwestern University, Matt has not let his hearing loss hold him back.  Having received a cochlear implant at the age of three, Matt has conquered the art of communication and has been active in helping others with hearing loss, particularly through
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