Barrett resolution recognizes Cochlear Implant Day

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett recognizing Feb. 25, 2020 as Cochlear Implant Day.

Senate Resolution 103 states that by bypassing damaged portions of the ear, directly stimulating the auditory nerve, cochlear implants can help when hearing aids cannot.

“Cochlear implants have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “For nearly 50 years, individuals with severe hearing loss have been helped by this remarkable technology. Cochlear Implant Day aims to raise awareness of cochlear implants across the world.”

Barrett was prompted to author his resolution by the case of 9-year-old constituent Kara Merignac, who started to lose her hearing at the age of 6 months and received her first cochlear implant when she was 4 years old. She is scheduled to receive her second cochlear implant on March 6.

“Kara is a remarkable, brave girl who presented to me a compelling case for Cochlear Implant Day,” Barrett said. “I wholeheartedly agreed with her conclusion that we should increase awareness of this medical treatment and am happy she visited me with her proposal. Thank you, Kara.”

Kara, her family and a friend visited the Capitol Tuesday as the guests of Barrett and were honored from the Senate floor.

Note: Video of Barrett’s floor statement on SR 103 is available here.