Learn how Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund (JLCIF) strives to optimize the hearing experience and lives of cochlear implant recipients by providing confidence coaching and product support.


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Angela started losing her hearing in first grade. Growing up in a tiny South Dakota farm community, she didn’t know anyone else with hearing loss, and often felt embarrassed and ashamed. After struggling with hearing aids and lip-reading, her life changed when she received her first Cochlear Nucleus® 24 Implant almost 24 years ago, and her second six year later. She has since upgraded her sound processors to the Nucleus 7 Sound Processors. Angela works as a life coach and loves how easy the direct connectivity makes it to communicate with her clients across the globe throughout the day.

A smiling image of Angela from Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund

After the COVID-19 pandemic started, Angela realized there were people struggling economically to afford replacement parts for their sound processors and struggling emotionally with isolation. That’s when she became the Founder and Executive Director of Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

Giving the gift of hearing

Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund (JLCIF) provides two areas of support – cochlear implant product support and confidence coaching.

A variety of hands together for team building to demonstrate confidence coaching at Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund

We strive to optimize the hearing experience and lives of cochlear implant recipients by providing confidence coaching and product support that enables them to thrive.- JLCIF Mission

Cochlear implant product support

JLCIF is committed to ensuring existing cochlear implant recipients have functioning equipment and continue to hear. They provide replacement external equipment that is critical to remain with sound such as batteries, cable coils and refurbished sound processors to approved cochlear implant applicants.

The JLCIF does not cover the cost of cochlear implant surgery. It is important to note that hearing implants, upgrades and medically necessary parts and accessories are generally covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial health plans1.

Confidence coaching

JLCIF is committed to the emotional well-being of cochlear implant recipients. Confidence coaching helps anyone who is struggling due to their lack of self-esteem, shyness, limiting beliefs and fear. Confidence coaching can help you take tangible action steps to improve self-acceptance and empower you to achieve your full potential in all areas of your life.

Angela is dedicated to ensuring cochlear implant recipients have all the support they need to thrive.

In need of assistance? Get support at JLCIF.

Interested in providing support to others? Donate at JLCIF.




  1. Covered for Medicare beneficiaries who meet CMS criteria for coverage. Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine your eligibility for coverage.

    Information provided by Cochlear Americas regarding insurance coverage or reimbursement is provided as guidance only and is not intended as reimbursement or legal advice. Cochlear Americas makes no representation or warranty regarding such information or its completeness, accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose, or that following such guidance will result in any form of coverage or reimbursement from any insurer. Information presented is subject to change at any time. To be sure that you have the most current and applicable information available for your unique circumstances, please consult your own experts and seek your own legal advice regarding your reimbursement needs. In all cases, products or services billed must be medically necessary, actually performed and appropriately documented in the medical record.

Anna Martinez
Anna Martinez is the Associate Volunteer Engagement Manager and has worked for Cochlear since 2016. She is responsible for communication and onboarding with the Cochlear volunteer community. Anna is a Colorado native and enjoys being outside in the beautiful weather with her son.