Life with my implant
My implant has given me access to sound again. My family have commented on improvements in my speech and this has continued to develop over time. Having my CI has helped me grow in confidence and has made it much easier for me to speak to small groups and at meetings, which I have to do as part of my job in healthcare.
I wasn’t prepared for the silence that followed my surgery. I struggled with this until I was switched on a few weeks later. Initially, noises were difficult to understand. Everything sounded different from with the hearing aids, which was strange at the beginning. It took me 12 to 18 months to adjust to new sounds and music and it still takes extra time to process conversations in large groups, but I’m hoping this will improve with practice.
Unfortunately, I experienced a device failure a few years ago, which has made me appreciate the benefits my CI brings to my everyday life. I have now been successfully re-implanted and can hear more sounds than before.