Many people like Charles tell us that they wish they got their implant sooner.
Here are the steps to get you well on your way to a better hearing experience.
Talk to your audiologist or doctor
Ask about the possibility of an implant. Your audiologist will be able to determine whether you could benefit from an implantable hearing solution and refer you to a specialist clinic if necessary.
Preliminary assessment and consultation
The clinic will use their professional assessment and expertise to determine if an implant is right for you, and which type. In most cases the cost of an implant will be covered by the NHS or other health insurance and the clinic will be able to advise you.
Receiving an implant
In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, there are around 150 clinics that specialise in implantable hearing systems. Surgery is a routine procedure and requires only a short time in hospital.
Fitting or switch-on
This is the moment you have been waiting for. After a short healing period, the audiologist will switch on your hearing implant, the beginning of your new hearing journey. How well you will hear right away will vary from person to person, depending on the length and degree of your hearing loss. It will take time and practice for the quality of sound to improve. Support is available to help you.
Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
*Views expressed are those of the individual.