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DePaul School to Celebrate the Miracle of the Cochlear Implant
By D. David Misra

DePaul School for Hearing and Speech will present Hearing Wonders – Speaking Miracles: Celebrating the Cochlear Implant, a series of events to raise awareness of the increasing role of cochlear implants in hearing impairment and deaf education from October 26 – 29 in Pittsburgh.

All events will feature Professor Jim Patrick, Chief Scientist for Cochlear Limited and the lead engineer of the world's first multi-channel cochlear implant. Attendees will marvel at the drive and determination of a small group of pioneers who, against all odds, profoundly changed the lives and futures of deaf individuals throughout the world.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 200,000+ people worldwide (and over 70,000 people in the U.S.) have received implants. 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of FDA approval of the multi-channel implant for use in children.

"Cochlear implants have revolutionized deaf education and accelerated the transition of our students to the mainstream," said DePaul Superintendent Dennis Barrett. "The events with Professor Patrick will promote regional dialogue and further understanding of new treatments and options for persons with hearing loss."

Schedule of Events

Unlocking the World of Sound and Speech: A Celebration of the Cochlear Implant
Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Rangos Conference Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC A seminar for all audiences – also includes a panel discussion, interactive exhibit areas, supervised children's activities and refreshments.

The Bionic Ear: The Creation & Commercial Development of the Multichannel Cochlear Implant
Thursday, October 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Scaife Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh Professor Patrick will detail the timeline – from concept to release – of the multichannel cochlear implant.

7th Annual DePaul School for Hearing and Speech "Reach for the Stars" Gala
Friday, October 29, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Heinz Field East Club Lounge The evening will feature tributes to Professor Patrick and Dr. Graeme Clark, the surgeon who led the research team in the development of the world's first multichannel cochlear implant, silent and live auctions and recognition of distinguished alumni.

For registration or more information, visit www.speakmiracles.org or call (412) 924-1012.

DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, established in 1908, is the largest school in Pennsylvania, and one of just 47 schools in the U.S., dedicated to preparing deaf or hard of hearing students to fully participate in our hearing and speaking world through listening, spoken language and literacy. Students typically mainstream before their middle school years with minimal supports and lead lives without barriers in the community.

D. David Misra is the Director of Institutional Advancement, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech



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