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Dallas cochlear implant patient shatters expectations at Callier Cares Luncheon

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Michael Noble, Cheree Noble, Kerry Noble, Callier Cares
Michael Noble, Cheree Noble, Kerry Noble Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Aaron Conley, Stefanie Conley, Callier Cares
Aaron Conley, Stefanie Conley Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
David Daniel, Callier Cares
David Daniel Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Barbara Barton, Dian Moore, Callier Center
Barbara Barton, Dian Moore Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Harvey Dillon, Fiona Dillon, Callier Cares
Harvey Dillon, Fiona Dillon Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Lynn McBee, Nancy Carter, Di Johnston, Callier Cares
Lynn McBee, Nancy Carter, Di Johnston Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Pam Perella, Fredye Factor, Callier Cares
Pam Perella, Fredye Factor Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Barbara Stuart, Thomas Campbell, Sharon McCullough, Callier Center
Barbara Stuart, Thomas Campbell, Sharon McCullough Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Pat Schiff, Dee Wyly, Callier Cares
Pat Schiff, Dee Wyly Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Kenneth Altshuler, Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, Bob Sandlin, Callier Cares
Kenneth Altshuler, Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, Bob Sandlin Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Sara Martineau, Pam Busbee, Callier Cares
Sara Martineau, Pam Busbee Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Lindalyn Adams, Linus Wright, Joyce Wright, Jo Anne McClullough
Lindalyn Adams, Linus Wright, Joyce Wright, Jo Anne McCullough Photo by Melissa Macatee and Jeremy Brown
Michael Noble, Cheree Noble, Kerry Noble, Callier Cares
Aaron Conley, Stefanie Conley, Callier Cares
David Daniel, Callier Cares
Barbara Barton, Dian Moore, Callier Center
Harvey Dillon, Fiona Dillon, Callier Cares
Lynn McBee, Nancy Carter, Di Johnston, Callier Cares
Pam Perella, Fredye Factor, Callier Cares
Barbara Stuart, Thomas Campbell, Sharon McCullough, Callier Center
Pat Schiff, Dee Wyly, Callier Cares
Kenneth Altshuler, Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, Bob Sandlin, Callier Cares
Sara Martineau, Pam Busbee, Callier Cares
Lindalyn Adams, Linus Wright, Joyce Wright, Jo Anne McClullough

For those of us who can hear and speak flawlessly, it's hard to imagine life without these important senses. But with more than 6 million people in the United States suffering from some kind of language impairment, it's easy to understand the importance of an institution like the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UT Dallas, one of the nation's most prestigious schools for audiology and speech-language-pathology programs. 

At the second annual Callier Cares Luncheon at Dallas Country Club, Dr. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the center, thanked luncheon chair Barbara Stuart for her involvement with Callier before presenting the Callier Prize to Dr. Harvey Dillon for his leadership in scientific advances. As the director of research at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney, Australia, Dillon has been influential in his research on hearing aids, design of hearing aids and the coordination of clinical service provision.

Dillon modestly approached the stage and said that he felt honored to be recognized by such great people who have dedicated their time to improving the field. 

Then, Callier Foundation president Pam Busbee invited philanthropist Dr. Kenneth Altshuler to the podium to present Geraldine "Tincy" Miller with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. The honoree became passionate about helping children when her son was diagnosed with dislexia. 

While guests lunched on hearty salads, their attention turned to an uplifting video presentation about Callier. But attendees — UT Dallas president David Daniel, Lynn McBee, Pam Perella, Lindalyn Adams, Sharon McCullough, Pat Schiff, Dee Wyly and Dian Moore — really began to understand the work Callier does when keynote speaker Michael Noble took the stage. 

The young man spoke so much that no one would have guessed that he was born deaf if he hadn't told us. Noble was the the first patient in North Texas to receive cochlear implants.

He guided the audience through a slideshow of photos from his childhood and thanked his parents for taking a chance on the surgery. He proudly talked about his success at Southern Methodist University and his work today as marketing manager at Cochlear, the solutions company focused on helping people hear. 

"I shattered all expectations," he said. "Callier is why I'm here today." 

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