Here, you’ll find stories written by CI experts, CI recipients, or parents of children with CIs, about their hearing journey and helpful articles on hearing loss and cochlear implant technology. We hope this blog will become a source of information and inspiration as you embark on your own hearing journey to better hearing.
Emmy was born with a profound hearing loss. Hearing aids were providing very little benefit and we quickly realized we needed a better solution. Our family decided that the right fit for Emmy was to pursue a cochlear implant.
My wife Carol has had hearing loss most of her life. She now uses a bimodal solution, with a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other. As with many families where hearing loss plays a big part of everyday life, our story was one of making do and getting by until we couldn’t any longer.
I received my first cochlear implant (CI) in 2013 on my left ear and in 2018 in my right ear. But I wish that I had gotten them sooner. What I learned was that this is a regret shared by most people with CI’s. When asked why they waited, they say it’s because of all the unknowns of a cochlear implant that overwhelm them when making this decision.
Treatments for hearing loss have come a long way in the past 25 years. But one thing that has not changed is that the two most successful options for treating hearing loss continue to be hearing aids and cochlear implants. These two solutions help people hear in very different ways.