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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Performs 100th Cochlear Implant for Kids with Severe Hearing Loss


WHO: Patients with severe to profound hearing loss who have received cochlear implants at the Hearing Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

WHAT: One hundred patients with cochlear implants and their families have been invited to join physicians, nurses and other staff from Children's Hearing Center to celebrate an important milestone - the 100th cochlear implant performed at the center.

On Sept. 9, 2005, David H. Chi, MD, an ENT surgeon at Children's and director of the Hearing Center, successfully performed a cochlear implant on 2-year-old Nathan Valukevich. Nathan - the 100th patient to receive a cochlear implant at Children's - and his family will join other patients at the celebration, which includes a picnic, petting zoo, exotic animal show, pony rides, face painting, temporary tattoos and balloon art.

WHY: In 1980, Children's became one of the first hospitals in the country to perform newborn hearing screenings. Today, audiologists at Children's screen more than 10,000 babies each year at Children's and other hospitals in the region for hearing problems. Because of newborn hearing screenings, audiologists have been able to identify more children with hearing loss and at earlier ages. As a result, Children's has performed an increasing number of cochlear implants, including approximately 20 in 2004.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 from 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: Vietnam Veterans' Shelter, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Editor's Note: Learn more about cochlear implants and Children's Hearing Center.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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June 17, 2008