After consideration, Allie and Amy decided a cochlear implant was the best hearing solution. RIDBC audiologist Maree McTaggart and RIDBC speech pathologist Greta Wieland began preparing them for what to expect and how to achieve the best outcome with a cochlear implant.
By choosing to access cochlear implant services through RIDBC/SCIC, Allie had access to a multi-disciplinary RIDBC team of support including Maree, Greta and RIDBC social worker Glenys Lindeman.
The RIDBC team ensures Allie has access to the vital services she needs.
Allie remembers playing hearing games with Greta that developed her skills to ‘learn to listen’ via the cochlear implant in her right ear, and meld this with sound from her hearing aid in her left ear.
She also received regular cochlear implant mapping from Maree after her sound processor was switched-on, which optimises the access to sound as familiarity with the device increases.
“The team at RIDBC are amazing, we finally found them after a couple of years of understanding what Allie’s hearing loss meant. Now, since receiving the cochlear implant Allie is shining,” Amy said.
Audiologist Maree said “Allie’s an amazing girl and both her and mum have been committed since the start to making a cochlear implant work. Allie has achieved good outcomes by putting in so much effort.”