Have you been struggling with hearing loss for many years? Are your hearing aids not providing enough benefit? If so, this can be your wake-up call. A cochlear implant may be a solution for you to start enjoying the sounds of life again; from hearing children laugh to a whispered “I love you”. People who have listened to their own wake-up call, and took action to change their lives, tell their stories below:

Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition impacting people in the United States today.1 One in every three people 65 years of age and over and one in every two people 75 years of age and over has hearing loss.2

This is important because there are surprising health risks directly connected to hearing loss. Research from Johns Hopkins Medicine found walking problems, falls and even dementia are linked to hearing loss.3 When you live with untreated hearing loss, you may be putting your own health at risk and missing out on areas of your life, including connecting fully with the ones you love.

Even with the most powerful hearing aids, you or someone you love may not be hearing everything. Cochlear implants work differently from hearing aids. They are a proven solution designed to make sounds clearer, helping you get back the sounds you have been missing.

From struggling with hearing aids to success with cochlear implants, Gay M. shares her story

Gay M. was frustrated with her hearing, feeling like she could only hear muted conversations in groups of people. Her hearing aids worked great at first, but they were slowly not helping her to the extent she needed. When she stopped being able to hear her grandchildren talk in the backseat of her car, she decided it was time to “go for it” and get a cochlear implant. See what her life with her grandchildren is like now:

Retired doctor with tinnitus could not hear conversations anymore; Bob T. shares his story

Bob T. spent his entire life focused on helping patients. When his hearing began to impede his ability to practice medicine, he was forced into retirement for fear of harming a patient. After getting a cochlear implant, he is on a board of an organization, has regained his social life, and at 87 years old, feels his life has opened up all over again.

Woman who is profoundly deaf now hears the sounds of life again; Sue Y. shares her story

After Sue Y. learned she was profoundly deaf, she was devastated at the thought of no longer hearing the intricacies of music. She did not want to lose the ability to hear the full sounds of an orchestra and its instruments. See how a cochlear implant gave her back the joy of music:

Are you struggling with hearing loss? Let this be your wake-up call. Learn more and get started on your new journey today.

  1. Materson EA, Bushnell PT, Themann CL, Morata TC. Hearing Impairment Among Noise-Exposed Workers – United States, 2003-2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016; 65:389-394. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6515a2.htm.
  2. Hearing Loss and Older Adults [Internet]. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; c2017 [cited 8 May 2018]. Available from: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-older-adults.
  3. The Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss [Internet]. Johns Hopkins Medicine; c2017 [cited 8 May 2018]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-hidden-risks-of-hearing-loss.
Cara Lippitt
Cara Lippitt is the Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at Cochlear Americas. Cara is inspired by the stories of the recipients that she is able to tell and the incredible journeys they have taken. Cara was born and raised in Colorado and adores the mountains, snow and the world of musical theatre.