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University of Iowa News Release

June 27, 2005

Cochlear Implant Reunion Scheduled At UI Hospitals And Clinics

Patients who have received cochlear implants for the treatment of hearing loss will attend a special reunion and picnic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

The Cochlear Implant Team from the UI Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Institute will host the event. Team members expect 60 patients will attend the reunion, accompanied by approximately 140 of their family members. The event provides team members an opportunity to express their appreciation for the patients' participation in research studies that are advancing cochlear implant technology.

Cochlear implants enable patients with profound hearing loss to hear sound. UI Hospitals and Clinics is one of the world's leading medical centers in using cochlear implants to treat hearing loss. Since cochlear implants were introduced in 1982, more than 700 children and adults have been treated with the technology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you wish to cover this event, enter the hospital through the main entrance and follow the directional signs to the picnic location on the Roy Carver Pavilion patio. If the weather is inclement, the event will be moved to the eighth level of the John Colloton Pavilion. Use Elevator F to access the eighth floor.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.