Finding an Answer
My audiologist confirmed that my hearing had significantly declined and recommended that I make an appointment with an ENT specialist. When I met with the ENT doctor, she told me that I was an ideal candidate for a cochlear implant. She explained how a cochlear implant can bypass the damaged hair cells in the inner ear, so it could restore my hearing even when hearing aids could not. She showed me how the small implant would be inserted under the skin behind my ear, and that using the audio processor would be similar to handling my current BTE hearing aids.
My wife and I were concerned about the surgery and anaesthesia, but my ENT specialist explained that it’s a straightforward surgery and that the risks are similar to those associated with other ear surgeries. After speaking with my family and reading up on the topic, I knew I was ready to move forward. We scheduled the implant surgery for the following month.
My surgery took a little under two hours; I was back on my feet the same day and able to go home the next day. About two weeks after the surgery, I was ready for my activation day. When my audiologist activated my implant, sounds didn’t immediately sound like I remembered, but I could hear my wife’s voice better than I had in years.
A World of Difference
Now, I find it easy to communicate with my friends and family. I can enjoy going out to dinner with friends, lively family gatherings, and even speaking to people on the phone without difficulty. When I’m at the theatre and other public spaces, I use my audio processor’s built-in telecoil for easier listening. And when I’m on vacation, I can even enjoy my hearing while I’m swimming.
I’m proud to say I took charge of my hearing, and I happily tell people that getting a cochlear implant was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m grateful that my cochlear implant has restored my connection to my family, my everyday independence, and my quality of life.
Get a unique insight into what to expect from your journey to better hearing. This in-depth video series follows Vera from her decision to get her cochlear implant all the way to surgery and beyond.