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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