Liz – Newcastle

For retired nurse and Newcastle resident, Liz, a cochlear implant has been life changing.

"One of the reasons I retired was because my hearing was deteriorating and starting to affect my work," said Liz. "At the time I was wearing a bone anchored hearing aid to support the hearing in my right ear, but when the hearing in my left ear began to deteriorate I was advised to consider a cochlear implant.”

Liz began her cochlear implant journey in November 2014.

“My cochlear implant surgery changed everything," said Liz. “Now I can enjoy watching TV at a volume that is comfortable for my husband. Before the volume was so loud he would escape to the garage – and could still hear the TV from there!

“For me, getting a cochlear implant has had two major benefits – improving my hearing and also giving me some security. I now know that if the hearing in my left ear continues to deteriorate, the cochlear implant in my right ear will ensure I can always access sound.”

Liz recommends that anyone struggling with their hearing should investigate the options available.

“Hearing loss is the invisible disability," said Liz. "People don’t realise how debilitating it can be – it's very isolating. With my cochlear implant I can again socialise and enjoy spending time with my friends.

"The implant took some time to get used to because I still had hearing in my left ear and had to process the difference between the sound received by my left ear and the implant in my right. However with persistence and encouragement from SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, hearing now comes naturally again.

“My message to people is, if you feel your hearing is deteriorating, get onto it early and explore the options available to you. Most importantly, persevere because the results and the support you receive are life changing.”

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.