Variety of Georgia’s Caring for Kids

Variety of Georgia’s Caring for Kids program provides access to uncovered medical services and devices for special needs children. Variety was pleased to gift a new cochlear implant for Robert.

Robert was born deaf. At two-years old, he received his first right-ear cochlear implant and by ten, he received his first left-ear cochlear implant. This allowed him to listen and understand sounds that would eventually allow him to speak. Improved technology allowed Robert to progress in hearing and speech.

Robert, an excellent student, has a passion for science and swimming. He wants to study sea animals and become a marine biologist. Since hearing devices cannot be near water, he experiences one major setback.


The solution, the first hearing device connected to the cochlear implant used in water. Robert was excited, he knew scuba diving classes, and exploring the underwater world was in his reach. The new device would increase hearing clarity by at least 20% outside of the water and provide hearing capabilities in and near water. The price for the device was out of their current financial possibilities and their insurance denied the claim. Disappointed and heartbroken, Robert’s mother reached out to Variety and his application was approved.

Robert’s new cochlear implant has allowed Robert to explore his passions give him the opportunity to become marine biologist. He is now be able to swim, dive, and hear the sounds of water immersed around him. This is the newest technology; every enhanced sound provides better hearing out of the water.

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