Store raises €1,000 for Beaumont Hospital Cochlear Implant Department in aid of World Deaf Day
The store is delighted to announce that over €1,000 has been raised by the store for Beaumont Hospital Cochlear Implant department, Specsavers Audiologists new charity partner. The store held a host of in-store fundraising activities on Saturday. 29 September to coincide with World Deaf Day and to raise awareness of the importance of receiving regular hearing checks. The store experienced enormous support and kindness from the local community, making this fundraiser a roaring success.
Specsavers Swords hosted a bake sale offering those in attendance delightful treats including banded cupcakes. A face painter was also on hand to paint little ones faces. However, the true guest of honour was Emma Dunne, a patient of Beaumont Hospital Cochlear Implant department since infancy. Emma, who was born deaf was fitted with hearing aids at the young age of seven months. As a child, she attended a mainstream primary school but had to transfer to the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra for her second level education due to the bullying she was exposed to for wearing hearing aids. Fifteen-year-old Emma is now striving in school both academically and socially. She was on hand to support Specsavers fundraising day to help raise awareness of regular hearing checks and helping to alleviate the stigma of cochlear implants.
Specsavers Swords director of audiology Lynn Byrne said: ‘With Beaumont Hospital Cochlear Implant Department being Specsavers Audiologists’ new charity partner, we were delighted to take part in a host of fun activities to raise much-needed funds for the charity. We would like to thank locals for their amazing generosity on the day and would like to extend a big “thank you” to Emma for attending and for sharing her story with us – she truly is an inspiration’.
National Hearing Implant and Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital
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 clinical outcomes of the procedure are remarkable, giving children access to sound and enabling them to develop and understand speech. Since the introduction of newborn hearing screening in 2011 – which tests all babies born in Ireland – children born with hearing loss are diagnosed, referred and implanted at earlier ages which will lead to better outcomes.
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