Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas, Joins the Board of Hearing Health Foundation

Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas, Joins the Board of Hearing Health
Foundation

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hearing Health Foundation is
thrilled to announce that Chris Smith, President of Cochlear Americas, a
Denver-based subsidiary of Cochlear Limited, the market leader in the
development, manufacturing and distribution of implantable hearing devices,
has joined their Board of Directors. The Foundation, which is a non-profit
organization dedicated to curing hearing loss through groundbreaking research
while raising awareness about valuable prevention techniques, welcomed Mr.
Smith beginning on January 23, 2013.

"I'm proud to be on the Board of Directors of Hearing Health Foundation, which
has, for the last 55 years, been funding important research, including many
grants - even back to the 1960's - on cochlear implants," says Chris Smith.
"Hearing Health Foundation continues to make hearing issues a national
priority for the nearly 50 million people in this country who currently have
hearing loss. Hearing research is essential, as it is only through research
that will we continue to enhance treatments and options for hearing loss."

Since its inception in 1958, Hearing Health Foundation (formerly Deafness
Research Foundation) has raised over $27.8 million for hearing and balance
research including work that led to cochlear implant technology, newborn
hearing screening and surgery for otosclerosis. Recently, Hearing Health
Foundation has brought together the nation's leading researchers to form the
Hearing Restoration Project, a program designed to accelerate the timeline to
a cure for a hearing loss.

"Chris Smith has been a long time leader in the hearing health care industry,"
says David S. Haynes, M.D., Medical Director of Hearing Health Foundation and
Director of Otology and Neurotology at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. "His
depth of knowledge in the hearing implant field and vision of the future is
unparalleled. He is a significant addition to the Hearing Heath Foundation
Board of Directors."

Mr. Smith has served as President of Cochlear Americas since 2004 before which
he was CEO in Residence with Warburg Pincus in New York, a leading direct
equity investor in health care, and Group President of Gyrus Group, a market
leader in surgical products headquartered in Reading, England. In addition, he
previously served as director of Acclarent, Inc., a private medical device
company and Xtent Medical, a public medical device company.

Mr. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foundation's
Board of Directors, joining an impressive group that already includes: Shari
Eberts, Mark Angelo, Robert Boucai, Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D., Rebecca Ginzburg,
Roger M. Harris, David S. Haynes, M.D., Elizabeth Keithley, Ph.D., Richard
Miyamoto, M.D., Michael C. Nolan, Paul E. Orlin, Peter S. Steyger, Ph.D.,
Clifford P. Tallman, Jr., Elizabeth Thorp and Nancy M. Williams.

In addition to their work toward a hearing loss cure, Hearing Health
Foundation also publishes Hearing Health magazine, a free consumer magazine on
hearing loss and related technology, research and products.

For more information or to see how you can get involved please visit:
www.hearinghealthfoundation.org.

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