Matthew’s Cochlear Implant Story

Matthew’s hearing loss journey began in late 2009, when an inner ear virus led to deafness in his left ear.  Hearing loss presented significant challenges for Matthew, who felt he could no longer socialise – “I became a social outcast… I didn’t want to socialise as I couldn’t hear in crowded places; this led to depression.”

Matthew realised something needed to be done about his hearing loss.  He underwent an assessment at Northside Audiology, where it was determined that he was a suitable candidate for a Cochlear implant.

Although the initial device switch-on process was “a bit robotic at first and took a little while to get used to,” the staff at Northside Audiology worked with Matthew’s Cochlear implant programming, making gradual adjustments until it was perfect.

Matthew’s hearing with his Cochlear device was “a great improvement, especially in noisy and crowded places.”  The ongoing support provided by Northside Audiology to monitor his progress was also a delight for Matthew: “I could not fault it.”

  • 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.”