Donna – Coogee

Donna - Coogee

For retired nurse, Donna, cochlear implants were life changing.

"While I was still nursing I began to realise that my hearing wasn't as good as it could be – I couldn't hear on the phone anymore," said Donna.

"I ended up with two lots of hearing aids but they didn't help much. I was pretty unhappy as I had to take out loans to pay for them. I went back to my doctor and said I needed to see a specialist and I was referred to SCIC Cochlear Implant Program. That's when I discovered I was a candidate for a cochlear implant, and that my implant surgery and support services would come at little or no cost to me."

As soon as Donna's implant was switched on, her life changed.

"I remember driving home after the implant was switched on and I heard this sound getting closer – then this big truck raced past and I turned to my husband and said 'I heard that coming! I can hear!"

Donna recommends anyone struggling with their hearing investigate the options available.

"As your hearing deteriorates it's very frustrating – it becomes hard to hear in group situations or do simple things like watch TV. You start avoiding certain situations," said Donna. "Now with my implants I am back to my normal self. Music is back in my life, I can watch TV, go to the movies, chat on the phone and hear my little grandchildren. Before I retired my implant also helped me at work.

"I have had the most awesome audiologist through SCIC Cochlear Implant Program. The staff who support me at SCIC Cochlear Implant Program are my heroes, they solve any problems I have with my implants."

SCIC Cochlear Implant Program supports clients to access a range of implantable hearing devices according to their needs. The program provides support for life with a seamless, end-to-end suite of services, from early intervention and education; through to specialist assessment; surgical liaison and support; and re/habilitation services, delivering the highest level of care and support to people of all ages.

With 17 sites across Australia, RIDBC enables you to access services from any one of our centres. For those in regional and remote locations, our advanced videoconferencing and device mapping technology enables us to deliver services directly into your home, no matter where you live.

For more information about cochlear implants or SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, visit ridbc.org.au/scic or call 1300 658 981.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with vision or hearing loss.