Specsavers Monaghan has raised more than €450 in aid of Beaumont Hospital’s Cochlear Implant Department, Specsavers Audiologists’ charity partner. The staff hosted an in-store fundraising bake sale to raise awareness of the importance of taking a proactive approach to hearing health and it received great support from the local community.
Audiology director, Jeff Walbran, comments: ‘With the Beaumont Hospital Cochlear Implant Department being Specsavers Audiologists’ charity partner, we were delighted to hold an event to raise much needed funds for the charity. We saw all of the team here get involved and we would like to thank our customers for their amazing generosity as always and for helping us raise money for such a worthy cause.’
The National Hearing Implant and Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital is the only centre in the Republic of Ireland that offers cochlear implantation to adults and children with profound hearing loss. Since it opened in 1995, over 1,350 people have received cochlear implants – 50% of them children. The procedure gives patients access to sound and enables them to develop and understand speech. Since the introduction of new born hearing screening in 2011, which tests all babies born in Ireland, children born with hearing loss are diagnosed, referred and implanted in their early years.