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Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit

Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit: Celebrating the Power of Cochlear Implants to Transform Lives.


21st September 2016

The Pindrop Foundation is pleased to announce the Hon Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga, is opening the Sounds of Life photo exhibition on Friday 23rd September at 5pm, The Balcony Room, The Historic Village, Tauranga.

To hear is something we often take for granted, yet, to lose your hearing is frightening. “Sounds of Life” was inspired by the diversity of people across New Zealand who are affected by severe hearing loss and showcases the power of cochlear implants to transform their lives.

John Reweti Davis had his life transformed by a cochlear implant and says, “This cochlear gave me something I threw out long ago… hope…and when you get hope, life begins again.”

The Hon Simon Bridges says, “Having the knowledge that cochlear implants have changed the lives of over 1000 adults in New Zealand since the first implant here nearly 30 years ago is quite awe-inspiring. We have come along way in 30 years and it is great to see the life changing benefits of this technology.”

Lee Schouskoff, CEO of the Pindrop Foundation, says, “We are honoured that the Hon Simon Bridges is opening the exhibit in Tauranga. The aim of this photo exhibit is to bring awareness about the positive health outcomes from cochlear implants, and to give hope to others facing similar journeys.”

The Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit is open to the public and the Pindrop Foundation welcomes you to come along and meet the people who inspired the exhibit. To find out more and to watch the inspiring video about the exhibit visit:

Key Information:

When: Friday 23rd September 5pm-7pm | Saturday 24th September 10am-3pm

Where: The Balcony Room, The Historic Village, 17th West Ave, Tauranga.

Admission: Free


Notes to Editor:

About the Pindrop Foundation and Cochlear Implants.

The Pindrop Foundation is a New Zealand charity supporting severely hearing impaired adults into a hearing world through cochlear implant technology and services.

A cochlear implant is different from a hearing aid. Hearing aids turn up the volume by amplifying sounds to make them easier for damaged ears to detect. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the hearing (auditory) nerve.

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