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Cochlear celebrates with special celebrity guests

Posted Oct 06 2009 10:02pm

Hard of hearing adults and children* and their families enjoyed a day of education, fun and laughter at Cochlear’s Celebrations on Saturday (3 October).

The event, which was held at The Heart of England Centre in Warwickshire, saw the public unveiling of Cochlear’s exciting new products, the Nucleus 5 Cochlear Implant system and the BP100 Baha sound processor. Guests also enjoyed an exciting day of activities, which included assault courses, climbing walls, abseiling, face painting, archery and quad bikes. The day was closed with fantastic performances from special celebrity guests – Britain's Got Talent finalists, dance group ‘Flawless’ and saxophonist Julian Smith, as well as CBeebies' Boogie Pete.

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Celebrations was hosted by Cochlear UK and attended by over 500 people. Guests had the opportunity to see Cochlear’s new products first-hand and learn more about them, and Cochlear implant recipients were able to explore the opportunities to receive bilateral and sequential implants, as healthcare professionals were on-hand to answer questions.

Amanda Whiffin, General Manager of Cochlear UK and Ireland, said, “We’re delighted that so many people have been able to join us to celebrate the launch of our new Nucleus 5 Cochlear Implant System and Baha BP100. It’s been a fun-filled, informative day and a wonderful opportunity for visitors to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

“We were able to spoil everyone on this occasion with special guest appearances from Flawless, Julian Smith and Boogie Pete.”


The CBBC star, who enjoyed talking to Baha and Nucleus recipients, commented, “It’s absolutely brilliant to be here today. I only learnt about Cochlear last week, but the technology completely blows my mind. Today has been very well organised and fun, it’s great to see so many people here.”

Iain Estell from Stourbridge attended the celebrations with his wife Claire and four year-old son Daniel, who was fitted with a Nucleus Cochlear Implant at the age of 15 months. “It’s been a great day and it’s excellent meeting other implant users,” said Iain. “There’s been so much to do here and it’s given us a greater insight into the technology of the products available.”

Julian Smith enthused, “It’s fantastic to be asked to be here. All the kids seem like they’re having a fun day and it’s wonderful to be able to perform music for them.”

Find all the photos from the day on our Facebook profile.


*Cochlear and Baha implant recipients and their families, those considering a cochlear or Baha implant and healthcare professionals. Cochlear and Baha implants give the sensation of sound to profoundly deaf people.
More information about the Nucleus cochlear implant can be found at

Click on the links below to read more about Cochlear's guests:

Boogie Pete
Julian Smith

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