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Hearing loss from otosclerosis leads woman to cochlear implants and regained joy of music

Hearing loss from otosclerosis leads woman to cochlear implants and regained joy of music

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“My hearing journey began around the age of 12 when I lost a minor amount of hearing due to otosclerosis, a genetic disease. After consulting with an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT), I was told the hearing loss was minimal and should not have significant impact on my quality of life. I took this … Continued

After trialing hearing aids, child with profound hearing loss receives cochlear implants and a love of music

After trialing hearing aids, child with profound hearing loss receives cochlear implants and a love of music

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“Cecilia (Cece) was born with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss bilaterally. When Cece was born, she failed multiple hearing screenings in the hospital, and we were referred to an audiologist after a repeat failed screening at 3 weeks old. In January of 2020 we visited the audiologist and were given her diagnosis. Cece received … Continued

From bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss to hearing with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, Vivienne’s parents describe their journey

From bilateral, profound sensorineural hearing loss to hearing with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, Vivienne’s parents describe their journey

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“One miscarriage and many months of struggling to get pregnant later, on May 30, 2020, we found out our precious baby girl was on the way. I was so excited!! We opted to have the noninvasive prenatal testing done, to screen for chromosomal abnormalities and the test came back negative. At the time, we interpreted … Continued

Cochlear implant recipient with progressive hearing loss sings National Anthem at baseball game

Cochlear implant recipient with progressive hearing loss sings National Anthem at baseball game

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“Elena passed the newborn hearing screening after multiple attempts, which in hindsight, could have been an indicator of her hearing loss. There was no hearing loss on either side of our family so this was not something on our radar. She met most milestones on schedule except for speech. We noticed that the typical babbling … Continued

After suffering from Meniere’s disease, Julia gets cochlear implant to regain her quality of life

After suffering from Meniere’s disease, Julia gets cochlear implant to regain her quality of life

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“My hearing recovery journey started 11 years ago when I had my cochlear implant surgery. I really started hearing again six months after the activation. The first sound processor I had was the Cochlear™ Freedom® Sound Processor. Thanks to this sound processor, the communicational barrier was gone, and I had the chance to learn from … Continued

Born with hearing loss from EVA, Bridget is succeeding with a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor

Born with hearing loss from EVA, Bridget is succeeding with a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor

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“Our daughter, Bridget, was born in 2020 with hearing loss. We were made aware of the concern before we left the hospital after her left ear failed the newborn screening twice. Everyone told us, ‘It was normal’ because she was born so fast. At 5 weeks old, Bridget had her first ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response) … Continued

Cochlear recipient discusses joy she has experienced since gaining back her hearing

Cochlear recipient discusses joy she has experienced since gaining back her hearing

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“My hearing loss became very noticeable in the fall of 2018 when I sought assistance from my ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT). Looking back, I was probably losing my hearing for a much longer time than that, at least a decade we guessed. Testing and diagnosis After many tests, I was diagnosed with multiple inner … Continued

After having a child with hearing loss whose auditory neuropathy was misdiagnosed, mother writes book about advocating for her child

After having a child with hearing loss whose auditory neuropathy was misdiagnosed, mother writes book about advocating for her child

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“I have two children, one 14-year-old daughter with typical hearing and one 11-year-old son with auditory neuropathy, in which hearing can fluctuate. His auditory booth sound testing was consistent with that, with our family being told at one appointment that he was profoundly deaf and a second appointment (literally a week later) that he was … Continued

Taekwondo competitor and aspiring novelist hears with cochlear implants after sudden hearing loss

Taekwondo competitor and aspiring novelist hears with cochlear implants after sudden hearing loss

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“I am Manuel and I’m here to share my Cochlear journey. I lost my hearing around June 2016. I had sudden hearing loss, and the doctors weren’t sure as to why I had lost it. Back then, I was still in the Army and had recently gotten promoted to Sergeant as well as gotten married … Continued

Kindergartner and go kart racer is racing through life with sound from Baha 5 Sound Processors

Kindergartner and go kart racer is racing through life with sound from Baha 5 Sound Processors

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“Harper Rose was born on November 8, 2015, two weeks early. The pregnancy was normal and there was no previous family history of hearing loss. When she was born and handed to me, I noticed one of her ears was folded over. The doctor told us not to worry, that can happen depending on her … Continued

From a hearing aid to a cochlear implant, Taryn is now thriving as a young professional

From a hearing aid to a cochlear implant, Taryn is now thriving as a young professional

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“My name is Taryn, and I am 31 years old. I will begin my story by saying how fortunate and blessed I was to be born in an era where the technology for the cochlear implant existed. Learning to live as a child with hearing aids My journey to getting my cochlear implant began when … Continued

10-year-old Roni recipient describes her cochlear implant experience

10-year-old Roni recipient describes her cochlear implant experience

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“Hi, my name is Roni. I was born deaf and did not hear like others. When I was 3 months old, I got a pair of hearing aids and used them until I was 7 months old. After I stopped using hearing aids, I had surgery for cochlear implants. Three weeks later, I was activated, … Continued

After losing her hearing after bacterial meningitis, Annelise now hears with her cochlear implants

After losing her hearing after bacterial meningitis, Annelise now hears with her cochlear implants

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“When our daughter, Annelise, was born in 2019, like our other three kids, she passed her newborn hearing screening. Fast forward to 2020, we found ourselves at our local hospital in Delaware, admitting Annelise with what we would soon find out was bacterial meningitis. We were initially warned of the potential lifelong side effects of meningitis upon receiving the … Continued

Trilingual Osia System recipient is on her way to graduating with a degree in communication sciences and disorders

Trilingual Osia System recipient is on her way to graduating with a degree in communication sciences and disorders

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“I was born in 2001 with microtia and bilateral aural atresia, which resulted in conductive hearing loss. It was the first time my parents had ever heard about this condition, and I was the first one in the family from both sides to have hearing loss. 20 years ago, the access to immediate information was … Continued

Aspiring WNBA athlete shoots for the stars thanks to cochlear implants helping her hear

Aspiring WNBA athlete shoots for the stars thanks to cochlear implants helping her hear

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“I lost my hearing as an infant after my inner ears suffered complications. I ended up getting Cochlear™ Nucleus® implants later on so I could hear and interact with the hearing world around me. I still do not know the exact cause of my hearing loss, but I refuse to let it affect my outlook … Continued

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Why you should join the NEW Connect with a Mentor Facebook group – Learn about the benefits of hearing implants from mentors with first-hand experience

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“Part of being a person is about helping others.” – Regis Murayi Connecting with others helps When making important decisions, it’s a good idea to speak to others with first-hand experience to learn about what your next steps may be and learn about the things you may not yet know to ask about. This connection … Continued

Battling hearing loss from chronic ear infections? See how the Osia System could help

Battling hearing loss from chronic ear infections? See how the Osia System could help

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What is chronic otitis media? Chronic otitis media occurs if a middle ear infection does not resolve (chronic ear infections), causing a chronic middle ear drainage condition that results in ongoing ear infections. This condition increases the risk of middle ear problems, which can cause conductive or mixed hearing loss. Conductive or mixed hearing loss occurs when … Continued

One of the first American recipients of a cochlear implant reflects on how her cochlear implant helped her career

One of the first American recipients of a cochlear implant reflects on how her cochlear implant helped her career

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“I started losing my hearing in 1960, just as I entered the University of Illinois. Over 12 years, my hearing loss declined to profound, leaving me little time to adjust and cope. Living with hearing loss was very stressful. I relied on vision, lipreading and the help of others. To manage phone conversations at work, … Continued

Early intervention and cochlear implants allows Andrew to shine athletically and academically

Early intervention and cochlear implants allows Andrew to shine athletically and academically

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“Andrew was born profoundly deaf. Thanks to early intervention, he received his first cochlear implant when he was young and his second (bilateral) implant at 3 years of age. He is now 15 and excelling in high school, socially, academically and athletically. When Andrew was first implanted, he wore the Cochlear Nucleus Freedom™ Sound Processor. … Continued

Inspired by you: Cochlear’s first television ads

Inspired by you: Cochlear’s first television ads

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In January of 2022, Cochlear launched its first national television commercial with a goal to bring a spotlight to the importance of hearing health and cochlear implants. Today, we know that there are more than 37 million people in the United States who struggle with hearing loss. By promoting cochlear implants on national television, the hope … Continued

Woman born with significant hearing loss starts business and receives cochlear implants

Woman born with significant hearing loss starts business and receives cochlear implants

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“My name is Penny. I was born with hearing loss. I started wearing hearing aids when I was 1 year old and wore them until I was 46 years old. During my K-12 school years, I went to my local elementary school until I was in the 4th grade. The teachers and staff locally couldn’t … Continued