Joanne’s Cochlear Implant Story

Joanne first realised she had undergone hearing loss in 2010, following an attack where she lost her balance and had ringing in her ears.  Hearing tests were taken but, Joanne says, it wasn’t getting any better.  “I was tested for a hearing aid, but it wouldn’t have helped because I couldn’t hear a thing in my left ear.”

Following a “simple and relaxed” assessment at Northside Audiology, Joanne decided to go ahead with a Cochlear implant.  She was experiencing the negative emotional impact of hearing loss and realised something needed to be done.  “I had no social life because I would go out with a group of friends and couldn’t get into a conversation because I couldn’t hear, so I would get depressed and make excuses not to go out.”

When Joanne’s device was switched on, she was “excited, but worried at the same time, because I didn’t know what the outcome would be.”  Now, however, Joanne’s describes her hearing as being 100% better, with the ringing in her ears nowhere near as bad as it was in the past.  “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.”

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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."