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JohnB - CI Recipient

After being a bilateral hearing aid user for 27 years, my progressive hearing loss reached the point where hearing aids were providing little if any help. 2007 turned out to be a very tough year for my career; I was constantly missing key factors in meetings, struggling daily with telephone calls, and realizing my over-dependence on e-mail while continuing to isolate myself from my staff and peers.
While initially apprehensive about cochlear implants, I ultimately received my cochlear implants in 2008 and 2009. Both surgeries included a modified procedure that would attempt to retain as much of my residual low frequency hearing as possible. My Activation Day on February 18, 2008 marks when I began my hearing journey with remarkable results.

In August of 2013, I was fit with an N6 Hybrid sound processor as part of a Vanderbilt University clinical study. I simply did not anticipate the overall dramatic improvement these new processors would have for me. Music was fuller and richer than I have ever heard in my life. Performance in noisy situations is remarkable.
Receiving cochlear implants has forever changed my life. At fifty years old, my hearing loss had me headed straight for a disability insurance claim; now at fifty six, I have only found my abilities. Having firsthand experience of backward compatibility with my implants and upgrades Cochlear’s new technologies truly takes another worry off my plate.

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Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:23 am

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Cristen P - Parent

My daughter Olivia was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at age 8 months. After hearing this news, I was devastated, but also very determined to give her every tool possible to be all she could be in life. We started with total communication and hearing aids, and when she was 3 years old she received her first Cochlear implant. Olivia did great with her implant, and asked to be implanted on the other side. In 2003 she went bilateral.

Olivia is now a typical 17 year old girl, that loves life and all that she has been able to do because of her cochlear implants. She loves music, talking on her cell phone and whispering with her friends.

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Dan N Baha recipient

I became single sided deaf (SSD) in December 1971 from what was assumed to be a viral infection. Over the years I simply hid my deafness. In 1985 I was fitted with CROS hearing aides and still struggled to hear clearly. I learned about the Baha in 2005 and was fortunate to try one with a headband. With a woodworker’s earplug in my good ear and the Baha device on my head, I faced away from my wife and turned on some background music. Not only was I able to hear the music clearly and make out the lyrics; I was able to have a conversation with my wife at the same time. I was instantly sold on the clarity of my hearing and was fitted in May of that year. I retired in 2013 after 32 year working for the Department of Defense and now enjoy woodworking, reading, and taking trips.

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Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:22 pm

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Scott D Price – Parent Cochlear implant recipient

Jay received digital hearing aids when he was 9 months old. He kept them until he was two and a half and his hearing deteriorated to the point he became an implant candidate.
We knew the day after Jay was born he might have hearing problems, further testing confirmed it. Jay did fine for a while with his hearing aids. Anna, our older daughter, constantly read to him, sang with him, reinforcing our efforts to keep Jay in as much of an audible environment as we could.
Jay is a Cochlear success story. After following the instructions of our hearing professionals and driving Jay all over town each week for his speech and hearing therapy sessions, Jay is a mainstreamed middle school student. Today, he is an award winning student, he listens to and plays music, and he plays competitive travel baseball. He's a regular, pre-teen kid--he just hears with a cochlear implant.
Implanting Jay was the right decision for us. Choosing Cochlear was the right decision for us.
I’m here to offer support and answer any questions.

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Fri May 09, 2014 10:00 am

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Sharon C - Cochlear implant recipient

Looking for answers?? I am a short termed deafened person, who was told I would never hear again. Thanks to Cochlear Implant I can hear again. I have my life back and so many of the things I missed.

My name is Sharon I became suddenly deafened after coming out of a coma. I was told there was no hope for me and I would never hear again. The depression and isolation sat in quickly. I tried hearing aids but it wasn't long before I was left out of many gatherings because I couldn’t hear. It was so depressing. I couldn’t hear my family, my grandchildren or my friends. I had heard about a cochlear implant and decided it was time to learn more. I found a site called http://www.Cochlearcommunity.com and connected with others. They became my lifeline. The offered me hope, also held my hand as they walked me understanding how I could hear again. I can hear again my family, my grandchildren and my friends. I am back out in the world again thanks to my Cochlear Implants.
Do you feel lost and hopeless?? Please don't. There are answers for you. I am an example to show you there is hope again. Please let me know if there is any way I can help you get started. Even if you just want to talk about it. That's a start, so take that step. Let us help you.

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Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:17 pm

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:55 pm

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Scott R. - CI Recipient

For 25 long years I suffered with progressively worsening hearing. On May 10th, 2005 my life changed. That was the day that I began to hear again with my cochlear implant. To give you an idea of how much my hearing improved, in just 6 months, my conversational understanding went from 4% with my hearing aids to 87% with my cochlear implant. The best part is that as technology has improved my hearing has continued to improve. Today I have a cochlear implant in each ear, have upgraded the external sound processor 3 times and hearing better than I ever imagined! 10 years ago I believed that eventually I would have to live life completely deaf. I never thought I'd hear again and today I can talk on the telephone, listen to my favorite music, and hear my first child babble. The Nucleus Cochlear implant is truly amazing technology and I'm dedicating my life to helping others hear again.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:55 am

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JustinP - CI Recipient

I was identified at age 4 with hearing loss and 9 I had my first major drop in hearing accompanied by my first balance attack. After some testing I was diagnosed with Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts or EVA for short. Over the years I had major fluctuations in my hearing, each time my hearing got a little bit worse resulting in even more powerful hearing aids. I completed college and earned my Au.D. using power hearing aids but knew the day would come when I would want a cochlear implant. In October 2006 my hearing dropped from 80% speech understanding in my right ear to 12%. Hearing aids no longer helped, I could hear but not understand. I finally received my cochlear implant in April 2007.

Today I hear things exactly like I remember, but better, sounds are richer and fuller, hearing became easier and I can jam out to the music of my college days. I can hear soft sounds again, like rain hitting the car, the dog’s yawn and, in the office, a conversation taking place in the cubicle next to mine. I've worked as an audiologist in different settings, including, private practice and hospitals. Since May 2010 I’ve been with Cochlear here to support you on your journey to determine if a cochlear implant or Baha is right for you.

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