I was moved to write more about my personal experiences since receiving my cochlear implants. The first was in February 2014 and the second was two years later, in February 2016.
I am someone who has developed a very high level of 'hearing' skills over the past fifty (yes, fifty) years. I started going deaf as a baby although it was probably five years before it was even recognised. Recognition of hearing loss is so much more advanced now than it was in the 1950s. People constantly seem amazed at how well I 'appear' to hear, even saying such things as "I would never have guessed you are deaf". I don't see this as any form of compliment by the way, as it usually means that I am the one making most of the communication effort and that simply is exhausting for me. Another thing I have come to realise is that those of us who have to work hard to hear well, probably have developed a different level of awareness of things around us. I'm most definitely not talking about people who have hearing loss that they have yet to address.
Read more: A Day in the Life (most days, that is)
June 2018 PRNewswire
Cochlear Limited announces the upcoming release of the Nucleus® Smart App for Android™ in the United States and Canada, offering greater connectivity than ever before for people with hearing loss and a cochlear implant. Cochlear implant recipients with the Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor can now control their hearing with the Nucleus Smart App* from a compatible Android device, allowing them to monitor and adjust their settings, view personalised hearing information and even locate a missing sound processor, all from the convenience of their smartphone.
Read more: Cochlear brings leading hearing technology to Android smartphone users
May 2018 Science News
Researchers are working to synchronise cochlear implant signals to provide a more realistic hearing experience for deaf adults and children. Using both ears to hear increases speech recognition and improves sound localisation. In essence, it helps you to identify a friend's voice so you can follow her amusing anecdote over the din of a cocktail party. Ruth Litovsky, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wants to bring this advantage to people who use cochlear implants. "Twenty years ago, [the medical community] decided to give [deaf] people two implants, one in each ear, to see if it would improve their ability to hear better in noisy environments, so that children could integrate into classrooms and adults into the workplace more easily," Litovsky said. "I believe bilateral implantation has had a significant, positive impact on their quality of life, but they still struggle with noisy environments."
Read more: Synchronising cochlear signals stimulates brain to 'hear' in stereo