Questions people ask about the Cochlear Awareness Network

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What is the Cochlear Awareness Network?

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The Cochlear Awareness Network is a group of volunteers each of whom have lived deaf but have had their hearing returned through technology. They have chosen to be members of the Network to tell their stories, proactively raising awareness for the wonderful changes in their lives.
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What do Advocates do?

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Basically Advocates tell their own story. They do this by making presentations to community and interest groups or clubs or one-on-one to potential recipients. They may also seek publication of their personal story in local newspapers. They may also help out at trade shows and talk to people referred by their local Cochlear Implant Clinic.
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How much time does it take?

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The amount of time spent on Cochlear Awareness Network Advocacy depends on the individual. Some spend as much as 8 hours per week but others as little as a few hours per month. Every minute is appreciated.
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Where are Advocates located?

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The Cochlear Awareness Network of advocates is active around the world. In Australia there are advocates in every state and territory.
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What training is involved?

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Cochlear values its Advocates and wants to make sure each has the skills they need. Cochlear provides Advocates with training on-line and often in person. Regular information is updated and is available to advocates as well as a variety of resources in the members only section of this web-site.
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Why would I volunteer?

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Most of us who have benefited from a Cochlear Implant or Baha want to share our joy because we are so grateful for the positive changes our new hearing has brought to our lives and those around us. Being a Volunteer Advocate means offering your time and talents to tell your story therefore opening opportunities for improving the quality of life for those who are unaware of the new technologies available to them.

Being an advocate should be a positive, rewarding and enjoyable experience. It should not detract from or interfere with your paid work, your family or social obligations and activities. Your time is valuable and you have to manage it effectively to fit in your advocacy work with every day demands. You can choose to spend as little as an hour or two a month.

Benefits of being a Cochlear Network Awareness Advocate

  • Sharing your story helps others know there are solutions to many kinds of deafness
  • Provides a resource for others
    • Professionals hear your story and tell their patients
    • Corrects wrong information in the market place
    • Helps people make a decision about a Cochlear Implant or Baha procedure
  • You will have a sense of fulfilment because you have helped others in a very important and valued way
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How do I join?

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If you would like to be a Cochlear Awareness Network volunteer advocate then contact Linda on 1800 620 929 or (02)8002 2853 email: lballam-davies@cochlear.com.au
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