My hearing journey
When I was 4 years old, I suffered multiple ear infections, and was treated with antibiotics. In year 1 at school, my teacher noticed my performance varied depending on where I sat. I had my hearing tested which found further hearing loss in my left ear.
I then spent most of my teenage years not accepting my hearing impairment. I did not like to wear my hearing aids as I dislike anything on my ears. In my early twenties, my hearing loss had deteriorated to severe-profound. The possibility of a cochlear implant was discussed with me for the first time.
I found user groups really helpful because they gave me chance to speak to other people with cochlear implants. Their experiences helped me understand what living with a cochlear implant was like. The main questions I had were general things like; ‘how different is day to day life with a cochlear implant?’, ‘does it hurt?’, and ‘can I wear my sunglasses as well as my processor?’
The audiologists at my implant centre were also very helpful during the process, as was the surgeon.