I was diagnosed with otosclerosis as a teenager and wore hearing aids from age 17.
A failed stapedectomy at age 19 led to 42 years of hearing with just a hearing aid in one ear.
You often hear stories about people whose lives change in an instant but I never really thought that would happen to me - but it did. I left home one Friday morning and headed to work as I did each day and I never returned.
Peter Taylor 1953~2013
On the 15th of September Peter gave up his heroic struggle against Leishmania. He will be sadly missed by the many people he has inspired.
As a child, my mother always told me to be careful what you wish for. I wished for peace and quiet and that's exactly what I got. I woke up one morning in 2011, started my day like any other but finished that day profoundly deaf.
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Cochlear Awareness Network
The Cochlear Awareness Network is a group of Volunteers each of whom have lived deaf but have had their hearing returned with a Cochlear hearing solution.
They have chosen to be members of the Cochlear Awareness Network to tell their stories, raising awareness for these wonderful changes in their lives. All members are available to discuss their experiences.
NEW Cochlear Care Service Plans for Australians22/10
We understand that hearing is a precious gift which is why your Cochlear equipment includes a standard warranty that covers you
for the cost of service and repairs. However, if there are any unexpected repair, service or replacement costs once your warranty expires
you may need to take care of these yourself. Cochlear Care Service Plans help make managing the cost of service and repairs easier
by covering these costs for Australian Cochlear implant customers.
Faye speaks to War Widowsupdated 25/10/13
I just received a copy of the War Widows Guild of Australia Limited magazine called "Guild Digest" Sept 2013 edition. They wrote an article on me after I talked at one of their meetings recently.
Smoke Alarm Subsidy 16/10/2013
(Thanks to Annette for this)
A scheme for Queenslanders who are deaf or hard of hearing with a pension card
Adult hearing loss affects their kids growing up31st July 2013
(Thanks to Faye for this link)
In 2007 Blogger & Freedom ™ implantee
"My kids have never known me with perfect hearing as my hearing loss began when they were born. I'll let the video tell the story."
Success / Failure rates1st July 2013
Why choose Cochlear? You want to hear again the best you possibly can and with a number of different implant
brands on the market how do you choose the right one?
New research has identified that the "Brand of cochlea implant has been shown to be a factor in the speech performance outcomes of post-lingual deafened adults." A new international study of 2251 adults implanted since 2003 has analysed the influence of 15 factors on the success of the recipient's outcome.
Annette speaks at Quota Internationalupdated 17/6/13
Annette: "I went to Quota International on 26th may 2013 to talk about my personal story about being deaf before being switched on with my Cochlear Implant."
"The presentation went really well. I also felt a little embarrassed that I had an emotional moment for the first
time for no reason! ... but sometimes the realisation of what my cochlear has done for me is quite overpowering. "
Other NEWSrecent front page articles
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Upcoming Events 16/10/2013
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Useful Links 18/6/2013
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