H.E.’s Cochlear Implant Story

H.E. experienced progressively deteriorating hearing later in life.  “Being an elderly lady, my hearing became progressively worse and this led to my seeking advice from my local audiologist.”

H.E was advised to try hearing aids, initially in one ear and later for both ears. This solution was adequate for a number of years.  Eventually however, H.E required an alternate solution when her hearing deteriorated further.

“I was having difficulty with telephone conversations; and also found it hard when I was in a crowded room, or with a group of people in a restaurant or anywhere where there was lots of background noise.”  When H.E.’s GP suggested a Cochlear implant, she thought it was worth considering.

After consulting the Cochlear implant surgeon and undergoing numerous tests at Northside Audiology, H.E was found to qualify for the implant.  The Cochlear device was implanted in April 2010, “and I must say the result is very satisfactory. Between the surgeon and audiologist at Northside Audiology, who worked closely together, my life became greatly improved.”

Following her implant, H.E. continues to enjoy the results as she has adjustments made at Northside Audiology and adapts to the implant.  “My hearing will never be exactly the same as normal hearing but the implant has made my life much more enjoyable and I am more able to socialise with other people by phone and also, face to face.”

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  • Matthew

    Matthew

    "With Northside’s help and the gradual increase in programming, it became better and finally leading to normality."
  • Jeanette

    Jeanette

    "It was pretty amazing - actually being able to hear things I hadn’t heard in a long time. A lot better than I thought."
  • Hazel

    Hazel

    "I suddenly heard high pitched sounds... [then] driving home, I heard my right turn indicator for the first time in 20 years."
  • Paul

    Paul

    "They have been great... It has changed and am now hearing the common sentence without lip reading."
  • Kerrie

    Kerrie

    "I can use the phone again. It has given me more confidence to socialise again. I can hear birds singing."
  • Norma

    Norma

    "There is no doubt about the level of hearing and comfort from the very first, and it only improves."
  • Joanne

    Joanne

    "If i have a conversation with someone sitting on my left, I can hear them. It took a lot of getting used to, but it was all worth it."
  • H.E.

    H.E.

    "I would recommend a Cochlear Implant to anyone who is hearing impaired, and who is found to be potentially able to benefit."