Elizabeth

  • Location: Western Australia
  • Hearing Loss Type: Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Hobbies: Walking, Reading, Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Cooking

My Hearing Journey

I noticed a change in my hearing in my late twenties. I experienced tinnitus which impacted on both my sleep and the ability to socialise, which led to depression. Trying to find a solution was very difficult. I wore hearing aids which were ok for a few years, until the high frequencies worsened. I first learnt of implants through a local hearing clinic and decided to look into it further.

Life with My Implant

I feel more confident now. I can hear my family and friends and am no longer missing out. The other highlights of getting an implant have been being able to listen more clearly on the phone, and also at the theatre and when watching TV.

My Role as A Mentor

I would love to assist someone who is nervous about getting an implant, as I am so glad I had mine and remember especially nervous about my first implant operation.

My Top Tip

Along my own journey I found the most helpful information came from reading up on the stories of others who had been implanted. Research, and ask questions about what types of implants are available. I chose mine as it enabled me to retain some of my preserved hearing.