MRI patient is awarded Graeme Clark Scholarship Award
Yesterday, 11th April, Lord Mayor Councillor Elaine Boyes,
accompanied by the Lady Mayoress Linda Geoghegan, presented deaf
Manchester University student Georgina Grimshaw with a £6,000
Cochlear™ Graeme Clark Scholarship Award at a ceremony in the city.
Georgina who has lived in Tameside all her life is currently
studyingchemistry at university with the dream
of becoming a leading British scientist.
Georgina, 20 years old, was born profoundly deaf and could hear
very little with hearing aids. At the age of four, she was
fitted with a Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant which she says changed her
life. Cochlear implants are electronic devices for adults and
children who do not receive adequate benefit from conventional
hearing aids. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants bypass the
damaged hair cells in the inner ear and stimulate the hearing nerve
directly providing a sense of sound to its user.
Georgina attended mainstream school and with the support of
friends, family and hearing healthcare professionals at the
Manchester Auditory Implant Centre - as well as lots of hard work
and determination - Georgina gained excellent A levels and top
marks in an extended project on the development of technology for
deaf people. A second implant at the age of 18 helped
Georgina to understand the direction of sound more and to hear
better when amongst groups of people. She now manages well
amongst peers at Manchester University with some support from a
note-taker in lectures.
On being presented the
award Georgina said, "The advances of cochlear technology in my
lifetime have been truly life changing for me and have allowed me
to achieve my personal goals like anyone else. With the help
of this scholarship, I'm now a step closer to reaching my ultimate
goal which is to be a successful scientist. Being deaf won't
stop me if I work hard and have a bit of luck along the way."
A supportive team of hearing healthcare professionals from the
Manchester Auditory Implant Centre attended the ceremony.
Lise Henderson, Paediatric Co-ordinator said, "Georgina's
cochlear implant has given her the opportunity to achieve so much
both personally and academically. She tried so hard with her
hearing aids but they just didn't give her the access to speech
that she needed and the implant made listening and learning so much
easier for her. The whole family have worked so hard for many
years to get the most from Georgina's implant and they should all
be very proud of what she has achieved."
Brian Walshe, Marketing Manager of Cochlear commented, "The
annual UK Cochlear Graeme Clark Scholarship was set up to help
implant recipients achieve more in further education and we are
delighted that Georgina has won this year. She certainly deserves
our support as she pursues her dreams of becoming a scientist.
Who knows, she may even play a role in our research and
development one day!"