"I had difficulty participating in group conversations"
Peter had progressive hearing loss in his left year and wore a hearing aid for ten years before deciding to pursue the idea of a cochlear implant.
Peter’s hearing is crucial in his work life, mainly because he does lots of public speaking and is regularly in situations where there is much conversation around him.
He began to find it increasingly frustrating not being able to follow conversations in social settings, often pretending that he could hear and guessing what was being said.
A turning point for Peter was when he was in a crowded room, and a lady had told him that her husband had passed. Peter thought she had said something else, so he said, “That’s nice.” His wife discretely told him what was said, and it was there that Peter became more determined than ever to find a way to improve his hearing.
Peter’s hearing aids had progressively become less effective, with less than 10% hearing in his left ear. In 2018, he decided to get his cochlear implant. As a result, his life at home, at work and in social settings greatly improved. Peter can now enjoy conversations with his wife when driving in the car when she is the passenger on his left side, which was very difficult for him before his cochlear implant.
I love not having to guess so much what people are saying!
Peter loves being more confident to participate in conversations in group settings like restaurants, church services and around his extended family.
I love it when people ask me about my cochlear implant, because I love to tell them my story and encourage them to consider doing the same.
How a cochlear implant works
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Your hearing won’t heal itself, but we can help.
Could a cochlear implant be right for you?
Hearing aids help many people, but as your hearing loss progresses a hearing implant may give you the clarity and volume you need to understand speech again.
Hearing implants are life-changing devices that can help you hear sounds you no longer hear with your hearing aids, restoring your confidence and connecting you to loved ones.
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