“Thank You” Is Not Enough

October 28th, 2010 by | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

At Cochlear Celebration 2009, I had a chance to meet Jim Patrick, one of the members of the team that created the world’s first multichannel cochlear implant.  It was an incredible experience for me to meet, and thank, a man whose work has so profoundly influenced my life.  If you watch the scrolling photo banner at the top of this site, you’ll see that Rachel has also had the opportunity to thank a man behind the miracle of the cochlear implant, Graeme Clark, at a previous Cochlear™ Celebration.  Meeting the “big names” is a thrill, and these gentlemen bowled me over with their humility about their undeniably awesome accomplishments.

The founding scientists are remarkable, but what about the more anonymous faces who also contribute immensely to the miracle of hearing with a cochlear implant?  What about the engineers who design new products, or the assembly line workers who piece together delicate electrode arrays, or even the person who sweeps up the floor at night?  Here’s your chance to thank them, too, for their contributions to the lives of people with hearing loss around the world. Mark D., an Awareness Manager from Cochlear™, is collecting online “letters” of thanks to be posted in the break rooms of Cochlear’s factory and offices around the world.  Click HERE to contribute (you may have to create a login to the Cochlear Community site if you do not already have one).  Or, if you’d prefer to leave your note of thanks as a comment to this post, I will collect them all and pass them along to Mark.

If you have another brand of implant, I encourage you to start something similar for that company.  Regardless of brand, there are hundreds of people working hard each day to make hearing happen for you!

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

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