RIDBC Cochlear Implant Program helps Taliyah to hear

Taliyah accesses sound with support from RIDBC and her new cochlear implants

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Cochlear Implant Program has reached Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. The program’s second cochlear implant recipient, Taliyah, had her implants switched on at RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre, Waverley, on Wednesday 5 June.

Taliyah, who is 2 years old, was diagnosed with mild hearing loss at birth. She was fitted with two hearing aids and then later began attending RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre in October 2012. 

“About 6 months ago Taliyah's hearing started to drop very quickly and after a number of tests Jonathan and I found out she had a syndrome that is causing her hearing to deteriorate. Her latest test results showed that she now has a profound hearing loss,” said Taliyah’s mother, Kylee. 

Kylee and Jonathan decided that cochlear implants would give their daughter the best chance at continuing to access sound. 

“At RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre we started working with Speech Pathologist, Caren, and she has been amazing! We couldn't have asked for a more supportive, talented therapist. Caren has gone above and beyond and Taliyah wouldn't be where she is today without her help,” said Kylee.

“When we made the decision to get Taliyah cochlear implants, it made sense for us to keep everything else the same for Taliyah if we could. RIDBC is now offering cochlear implant support so this was the perfect solution for us as Taliyah could keep seeing the same people she already knew and who were doing such a great job.

“If Taliyah was going to get cochlear implants we wanted her to have the best of everything. You always want the best for your children and I think we found that in the team at RIDBC. RIDBC staff have been extremely supportive of my whole family, making this journey as seamless as possible.” 

Taliyah had surgery for her two cochlear implants on 23 May.

“Taliyah is doing well after her surgery,” said RIDBC Cochlear Implant Research and Services Coordinator, Colleen Psarros.  “When her cochlear implants are ‘switched-on’ next Wednesday she will gain access to sounds that she hasn’t heard for a long time and others that she has never heard.

“Taliyah needs to gain access to speech sounds so that she can develop language. While the cochlear implant will give her this – she and her family will now work hard with RIDBC teachers and therapists to help Taliyah learn to understand the new sounds she hears, to interpret words and to develop speech.” 

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remains cutting-edge.