Happy International Cochlear Implant Day!

Happy International Cochlear Implant Day!

25 February 2015

MRF invite you to celebrate international cochlear implant day today 25 February 2015.

Bacterial meningitis has for decades been the leading cause of childhood acquired deafness with approximately 8% of survivors experiencing some degree of permanent hearing loss.

Cochlear implants can provide severe to profoundly deaf people who would get little benefit from hearing aids with a sensation of hearing. Adam Hodgkinson and his family are particularly thankful for the way in which cochlear implants have allowed him to continue living a normal life following meningitis.

After contracting pneumococcal meningitis aged 8, Adam lost his hearing and became dependant on communicating with his family by writing notes. “At the time our world had crumbled around us. Our lives were then taken over by professionals who were to become an integral part of our lives and we are truly blessed by their involvement now. Adam received his first cochlear implant six months after the meningitis had so cruelly taken his hearing. Adam attended mainstream school and has since been very successful with his GCSE results, is coming to the end of his A levels and has been offered a place to study Geology at Royal Holloway University subject to obtaining the required grades. His determination, dedication and personality have been a real blessing to him. Adam's cochlear implants have given him an amazing opportunity to succeed and to live a normal and fulfilling life.” Read more on Adam’s story.

Has your child’s hearing been affected following meningitis? Read our factsheet on hearing loss and tinnitus after meningitis. 


Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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