Hear our recipient stories

Hear our cochlear implant recipient stories

RIDBC is reminding those who are struggling to hear even with hearing aids, that a cochlear implant could restore their hearing.

Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants don't just make sounds louder. They are a complex device that can mimic the hearing function of the inner ear, giving you access to higher quality, more detailed sound.

Below is a series of case studies featuring cochlear implant recipients who share with us their unique cochlear implant journeys and how having their hearing restored has changed their lives.

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

Giving Callie the World

As a newborn, Callie was diagnosed with profound sensorineural bilateral hearing loss, meaning she has permanent hearing loss in both ears.  While it can be challenging for new parents to understand their next steps, Callie’s parents felt more prepared than most. Both of Callie’s parents are deaf, and so were able to call on their own experiences, as well as those of their own parents, to make decisions.  

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Hugh is aiming high with his cochlear implant

When Hugh was born he was diagnosed with both hearing and vision loss, and his parents turned to RIDBC to access the organisation’s specialist hearing and vision services. Then, when Hugh was one, he received a cochlear implant. 

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Colin’s cochlear implant journey

“I’ve had my cochlear implant for only about a month but I’ve tested it out in noisy bars and restaurants, group settings, boardroom meetings and auditoriums and I don’t think I have missed a word."  

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Victoria - Ettalong

"When my dad spoke to me I could understand what he was saying! I said, 'Oh my goodness, I can hear the ‘S’ and 'SH’ sound' - I really hadn’t heard them well before." 

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Suzie - West Pennant Hills

“I’m enjoying listening to the waves lapping onto the shore and being able to hear the other boats around me when I’m kayaking with my waterproof cochlear implant.”

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Angie - Sydney Inner West

“Since my cochlear implant was ‘switched on’ I am now much more aware of a variety of sounds that I was previously unable to hear and I’m still learning new sounds seven years later!”

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Clare - Eastwood

“I’m enjoying listening to the music of my youth and favourite bands – especially the Seekers and the Beatles!”

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Jil - Springwood

“With my cochlear implant I can again socialise with my family and friends. I am now able to be part of life, instead of just being there.”

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Terrianne - Camden

"At switch on my son played bohemian rhapsody to me on his phone and I burst into tears, it sounded great!"

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Ros regains her hearing

“I can now speak one on one with people and I’m really looking forward to my daughter’s wedding and getting back to work."

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Donna - Coogee

"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!"

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Stanley - Jabiru

"We're just amazed every day. He is now speaking all the time, using three to four word sentences." 

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Greg - Penrith

“I just haven't looked back. I can hear my cat, Ruffnutt, walking over glass – and I can hear rain hitting the ground. I can't remember the last time I heard that.”

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Liz - Newcastle

“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!"

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Marianne - Port Macquarie

"Now, my quality of life has increased exponentially. As a swimming coach my job is all about communicating - imagine coaching children's swimming squads across six swimming lanes without your hearing!"

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Wendy - Barkers Vale 

"Ten days after my switch on I could hear birds, blinkers, and the tinging of the spoon in a teacup - I had forgotten that sound! It was life changing. My cochlear implant is my new best friend." 

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Heidi - Canberra

“I’m still amazed by the things that I can hear now – things I had no idea I was missing out on before. I now have a lot more confidence in my hearing ability.”

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