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Cambria girl with cochlear implant is finalist in nationwide contest

Elizabeth Chamberlain, in an image taken from her cochlear contest video, shot by Joe Dominguez of Cambria.
Elizabeth Chamberlain, in an image taken from her cochlear contest video, shot by Joe Dominguez of Cambria.

A Cambria girl who can hear thanks to a cochlear-implant is one of 12 finalists in a nationwide contest.

Elizabeth Chamberlain, 8, could be on her way to Disney World and a convention of fellow cochlear-implant patients if enough people vote often enough for her Facebook video.

Cochlear implants are inserted into the inner ear to activate nerves, allowing sound to be transmitted to the brain.

In her 60-second video, shot by Cambria photographer Joe Dominguez, Elizabeth explains what having the cochlear implant has meant to her. She calls it “so fun,” because “I can hear all kinds of things, my friends, my family, animals,” birds, the ocean and so much more. “It’s so cool and it’s wonderful. It helped change my whole life, my whole entire life.”

Finalists in the contest, sponsored by Cochlear Americas, a manufacture of the devices, were chosen Jan. 10. Online voting continues through Jan. 23 at www.facebook.com/cochlear (click on the “contests” tab). You must be logged in to Facebook to vote.

To see Elizabeth's video, click here.

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