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MRI First to Achieve 1,000 Cochlear Implants

Recently Manchester Royal Infirmary successfully fitted its 1,000th Cochlear Implant as part of their Cochlear Implant Programme and in doing so became the first in the UK to reach the milestone. To mark the occasion they have invited all 1,000 patients and their families to attend a special event at Old Trafford Football Club on Saturday 5th July. The event will include family activities and entertainment, and will form part of Manchester Royal Infirmary’s NHS 60 celebrations as it will take place on the 60th Anniversary of the NHS. On the day there will also be a special performance from the Thomasson Memorial School Choir from Bolton, which includes singers who have previously received implants. As well as celebrating their 1000th success, they are also celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Cochlear Implants in Manchester. Since the Programme started in 1988 by Professor Ramsden, they have seen their success grow and the number of patients they’ve treated has increased steadily. The programme has treated both children and adults alike with their youngest recipient being just 6 months old and their oldest being 81 years old. Professor Ramsden, who still works at Manchester Royal Infirmary, says: “I am delighted to be part of this exciting achievement by my team here at Manchester Royal Infirmary. The Manchester Cochlear Implant Programme works extremely hard to offer our patients the best service possible and seeing the impact that this remarkable technology has on the peoples lives makes it very worthwhile.” A cochlear implant helps those who are severe or profoundly deaf to regain some hearing. This works by stimulating the nerve that allows us to hear. With approximately 7,000 current users in the UK, Manchester Royal Infirmary is the largest programme and helping to provide increasing numbers of people with the opportunity to hear again. For the past few years they have fitted approximately 100 implants every year, a figure which looks certain to be sustained if not increased.