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Cambria girl vies for trip to Disney World

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.“It’s a big deal because I could get to go to Disney World and meet all those kids I don’t even know,” Elizabeth said. “I only know one other person with an implant.”

Her mother said the third-grader at Cambria Grammar School is deaf without the implant, which she received in April 2009.

“With it, she’s able to listen and go to school” in regular classes, Alexandra Chamberlain explained. “She is an avid reader, soccer player and loves to sing and talk on the phone.”

In her 60-second video, shot by Cambria photographer Joe Dominguez, the winsome blonde 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 manufacturer of the devices, were chosen Jan. 10. The contest asked entrants to show “how cochlear technology has changed your life.”

Online voting continues through Sunday at www.facebook.com/cochlear (click on the “contests” tab). You must be logged into Facebook to vote.

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