Your Cochlear Implant Resource

Powerful Stories and Information on CIs and Hearing Loss

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.



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My Life as a Cochlear Implant Wearer in the Time of COVID-19

Natalie Cole, Tue, 19 May 2020

As an ER nurse and a mum of three young, energetic boys, I know how important it is to maintain social distancing to support our medical systems during this pandemic. Everyday activities are being adapted, especially for me as a cochlear implant wearer. It’s been pretty crazy at our house, but that doesn’t mean the fun has stopped.

How to choose a cochlear implant if you are a music lover

Michelle Leach, Tue, 12 May 2020

Leo Tolstoy said that “music is the shorthand of emotion.“ Listening to music is a universal experience that requires no shared understanding of words or language, and it can stimulate a full range of emotions such as joy, sadness, fear, excitement, and nostalgia.

How I prepared for emergencies as a cochlear implant wearer

David B. Cluff, Mon, 20 Apr 2020

Ever get stuck in traffic and realize you are about to run out of gas? That was me a few weeks ago. As much as I was worried about running out of gas, I also feared that my cochlear implant sound processor would run out of battery life while I was stuck in traffic for three hours on a snowy night. That was when I realized that I was not fully prepared for any type of emergency.

It Will All Be OK

Steve Cook, Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Our journey from learning our baby has hearing loss to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

How a mainstream school embraced our child and her cochlear implants

Helen Tinsman, M.S. CCC-SLP , Fri, 13 Mar 2020

Our daughter 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.

Why a cochlear implant was the right choice for my spouse and our family

Kelvin Ellis, Fri, 13 Mar 2020

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.

Why I wish I had gotten cochlear implants sooner

Carrie A. Leising, MA, Fri, 13 Mar 2020

I received my first cochlear implant (CI) in 2013 in my left ear and in 2018 in my right ear. But I wish I had gotten them sooner. I learned that this is a feeling shared by most people with CIs. When I asked why they waited, they said it was because all the unknowns of a CI overwhelmed them when making this decision.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Julia Biedenstein, MS, LSLS Cert. AVEd , Thu, 12 Mar 2020

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.