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.
Felix was born completely deaf. This was picked up by the newborn SWISH screening program when he was one day old.
Waterproof wonder makes Felix's summer added to Felix's page.
My life is now more normal. I am able to join in family conversation, drive again, work safely with my woodworking machinery and have meaningful and pleasant conversations with my wife.
Breaking the Sound Barrier added to Ken's page.
In January 2011 I suffered a sudden and complete hearing loss in my left ear. I already had a partial hearing loss in my right ear (due to an acoustic neuroma) so in the space of a few minutes I went from being able to cope, to total confusion with both my hearing and balance. Hearing-wise I was totally at sea.
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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.
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. "
Stick Earupdated 17/6/13
Jeannie: "The one thing my cochlear implant cannot do for me is "hear" when I am asleep. If I am travelling alone, I always have to advise the hotel that I will not be able to hear any alarms once I have switched off my processor.
I was interested in this article because it overcomes this problem a little. I can feel my mobile phone buzzing when I leave it under the pillow slip and this warning device would probably be useful to me because it sends a message to my mobile. I think it would make a good backup as I wonder whether the hotel really would rescue me in an emergency.
I read it in the Straits Times last weekend when I was in Singapore."
School is music to Sophie's earsupdated 14-6-13
Sophie is now nine and her speech and hearing are practically normal, thanks to a world-leading education program driven by renowned children's charity Telethon.
Some good news for Queensland updated 3/6/13
Queensland children and adults awaiting a cochlear implant will have their procedure fast-tracked
thanks to a 2013-2014 budget allocation announced today by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.
Bethany's new videoPublished on 31 Mar 2013
Bethany: "I dicuss why I'm glad I was implanted at a young age - because being born deaf into a hearing family means I needed to be implanted before I was 5 to have equal speech and language skills."
Other NEWSrecent front page articles
Upcoming Events 21/5/2013
Hearing Awwarens Week
from Sunday 25 August 2013.
- CICADA (SA)
Next picnic Sunday 23rd June
Feb 17th picnic pics
- CICADA (NT) on Facebook
- Mothers Day Meeting 13-4-13
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
New S C I C at Penrith - Read
Noise an everyday cause of illness.
The World Foundation Newsletter
Useful Links 18/6/2013
Cochlear on Facebook
The best place to meet and find out about all things Cochlear is the Cochlear Asia Pacific Facebook site.