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My travel tips with cochlear implants

My travel tips with cochlear implants

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“Travel is very important to me­­­—seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is both exciting and fulfilling. After a COVID-19 forced delay I recently took a trip to central Europe to celebrate 20 years of marriage. This is my first international trip travelling with two cochlear implants. I have travelled to Europe … Continued

How musical activities help speech perception

How musical activities help speech perception

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Music plays an important role in our lives – it brings us joy, it allows us to express ourselves and it brings people together. For many people, reconnecting with music after receiving a hearing implant can be life changing. “Whether it’s singing or dancing or listening, music is everything to me,” says Romy, a cochlear … Continued

8 tips for parents to build confidence in kids with hearing loss

8 tips for parents to build confidence in kids with hearing loss

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1. Practice active listening during conversations In the busyness of everyday life, it’s easy to get distracted during conversations—thinking about work or what chores need to be done around the home. But when your child is trying to tell you something, it is important to pay close attention to verbal and non-verbal cues and really … Continued

Research supports benefits of upgrading your older sound processor

Research supports benefits of upgrading your older sound processor

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Do you still struggle to hear in noise? You’re not alone. Conversation nearly always involves listening in varying levels of background noise with competing speakers who are moving around. So it’s not surprising that difficulty understanding speech in these environments is a commonly reported challenge among cochlear implant recipients. Significantly clearer speech If you’ve had … Continued

Why peer support for implant recipients is so powerful

Why peer support for implant recipients is so powerful

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How important is it to involve other people and seek support along your cochlear implant journey? What’s the role and value of advice and support from others outside your immediate social network who have a cochlear implant? We asked several cochlear implant recipients and the response was unanimous. “It was the most important thing I … Continued

Family consultant shares 8 tips for using the Cochlear True Wireless Mini Microphone 2+

Family consultant shares 8 tips for using the Cochlear True Wireless Mini Microphone 2+

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Stephanie serves as a liaison between  families and the health care system. She also just happens to have two Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processors herself. Through her job and personal upgrade experiences, she has learned many tips and tricks along the way. One of her favorite accessories is the Cochlear True Wireless Mini Microphone 2+ … Continued

A Nucleus 22 implant recipient receives a mega upgrade after three decades

A Nucleus 22 implant recipient receives a mega upgrade after three decades

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Sonny & Cher’s “It’s the Little Things” was one of the many songs Steven remembers listening to as a young child in rural Nebraska before he lost his hearing due to meningitis in 1974. 5 years old at the time, Steven tried using hearing aids for a while, but they never really worked for him. … Continued

Navigating college studies and work with hearing loss

Navigating college studies and work with hearing loss

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Bringing people a benefit through justice Fascinated by opposing arguments and motivated by a desire to help others, 19-year-old law student, Ana, has a dream of one day serving on the judiciary. “I have always been very interested in social causes and knowing that, in a way through my studies, I can bring a benefit … Continued

The Cochlear Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor wins gold at the Good Design Awards!

The Cochlear Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor wins gold at the Good Design Awards!

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This prestigious honor is given to products, services or projects that exceed the Good Design Award criteria. It celebrates the Kanso 2 Sound Processor’s excellence in design-led innovation and recognizes Cochlear’s investment into future-focused research and development. Cochlear is dedicated to bringing sound to people all over the world and connecting them to the people … Continued

Plan ahead to manage listening effort this holiday season with tips from expert Dr. Sarah Hughes

Plan ahead to manage listening effort this holiday season with tips from expert Dr. Sarah Hughes

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Tips from an expert to manage listening effort during the holidays “As a cochlear implant recipient, you may find you are extremely tired by the end of the day. Interestingly, recipients often fail to connect their fatigue with listening and the increased effort needed to ensure listening success,” says Dr. Sarah Hughes PhD, a speech-language … Continued

5 hearing therapy myths debunked

5 hearing therapy myths debunked

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Thinking about hearing therapy to get more out of your hearing experience? Even with the most up-to-date technology, living with hearing loss can be a challenge. But research shows that many adults with cochlear implants are not aware of the benefits of active hearing therapy practice because of the perception that technology is enough. While … Continued

A dad’s tips on caring for your child’s sound processor and accessories

A dad’s tips on caring for your child’s sound processor and accessories

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Over the years they have refined their tactics Calendar reminders and a specially chosen backpack are just two of the tricks that Evan and his dad Brian use to keep this 11-year old’s sound processors and accessories well organized. Evan received his first Cochlear™ Nucleus® 5 Sound Processors in 2010 when he was one year … Continued

Cochlear implant recipients are living an active lifestyle with hearing loss

Cochlear implant recipients are living an active lifestyle with hearing loss

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How to get active and connect with the outdoors Being active and enjoying the outdoors is an essential part of healthy living for many people – whether it’s walking, running, swimming, playing a team sport or being in the wilderness. If you were active before you received your cochlear implant, there’s no reason why you … Continued

Navigating your insurance for generally covered Cochlear parts and accessories

Navigating your insurance for generally covered Cochlear parts and accessories

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Typically, each health insurance plan has their own definition for what is medically necessary; however, there are some common themes. Usually, a product is covered by insurance if it: Improves your hearing Decreases risk to your personal safety Improves your quality of life Is required for the hearing device to function Some examples of parts … Continued

Payment options and ways to reduce your costs for Cochlear parts and accessories

Payment options and ways to reduce your costs for Cochlear parts and accessories

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Shopping for parts and accessories You can shop and place an order for parts and accessories on the online Cochlear Store, where you have the option to shop in insurance mode or in self-pay mode.  In insurance mode, you will only see parts and accessories that are considered medically necessary, which varies by insurance provider, … Continued

Make the most of your 2021 insurance benefits to upgrade your sound processor before the end of the year

Make the most of your 2021 insurance benefits to upgrade your sound processor before the end of the year

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As you look to maximize your insurance benefits before the end of 2021, Cochlear is here to help you navigate the insurance process. For upgrade orders, we’ll work with your insurance provider and clinician on your behalf, which includes collecting all the necessary documentation to determine coverage and billing your insurance directly – even if … Continued

How being a bilateral Cochlear Baha 5 System recipient helps Alisha to hear in her job as a nurse

How being a bilateral Cochlear Baha 5 System recipient helps Alisha to hear in her job as a nurse

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Alisha didn’t hesitate to get a second bone conduction implant “I was willing to try anything and everything to be able to hear on both sides, so I would be able to focus more on improving myself and getting where I wanted to be in life,” says Alisha. Before getting her first Cochlear™ Baha® 5 … Continued

Cochlear implant recipients share their personal experiences with Nucleus 7 Sound Processors

Cochlear implant recipients share their personal experiences with Nucleus 7 Sound Processors

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Increasing Awareness The initial aim of the project was to increase awareness about cochlear implants and surface recipients’ real-life experiences with Nucleus 7 systems and how their daily lives are affected. What surfaced were deeply personal stories and images about their experiences reconnecting with family and friends, enjoying music again and understanding conversations in noisy … Continued

Nucleus 22 Implant recipient shares how Cochlear continues to support him today with his Nucleus 7 Sound Processor upgrade

Nucleus 22 Implant recipient shares how Cochlear continues to support him today with his Nucleus 7 Sound Processor upgrade

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I was born with hearing loss about 27 years ago to hearing parents. It was the early 90s and cochlear implant technology was still relatively new for pediatric patients. I started with the Spectra 22 Sound Processor and lots of speech therapy. I remember running down the soccer field with the sound processor in a … Continued

Options to self-pay for a cochlear sound processor upgrade

Options to self-pay for a cochlear sound processor upgrade

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The Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 and Kanso® 2 Sound Processors are designed to help you hear your best in any environment and easily connect with technology and the people you love. If you’re ready to hear your best, there’s no better time to consider the latest sound processor technology. Why self-pay? There are a few reasons … Continued

6 ways for teachers to help students with hearing loss succeed in the classroom

6 ways for teachers to help students with hearing loss succeed in the classroom

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Many students with hearing loss do not want to be identified as being different from their peer group. Having an informed class and creating a space where self-advocacy is encouraged is the first step to creating an environment where students with hearing loss can build their confidence, feel accepted and be empowered to learn. We … Continued