Norma’s Cochlear Implant Story

Norma has experienced hearing loss for most of her life, starting with her right ear early in life and then followed by her left ear around 1995.  In 1996, Norma turned to hearing aids, but the outcome was not perfect.  “I realise as I look back, it had a big impact, mainly missing the concept of words and often acting and replying inaccurately.”

Norma turned more recently to a Cochlear implant.  When the device was switched on, she describes it as “amazing, although it takes a while to fine tune.”  Following her initial delight, Norma has noticed continuous improvement in her hearing.

Today, Norma receives “the wonderful support of Jo and Northside Audiology”; and finds it difficult to describe how her hearing has changed, but said the biggest difference has been related to her dealings with people.  “Now I can hear all of the conversation.”

  • Matthew


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

  • 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


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

  • Paul


    “They have been great… It has changed and am now hearing the common sentence without lip reading.”

  • Kerrie


    “I can use the phone again. It has given me more confidence to socialise again. I can hear birds singing.”

  • Norma


    “There is no doubt about the level of hearing and comfort from the very first, and it only improves.”

  • 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.


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