“When I received the implant, I wore it as much as possible” Louise said. “I used podcasts and audiobooks to develop my hearing because all I could hear was the words. This was an important moment. It opened up my world”. She now has a keen interest in wellness, healthy eating and exercise and actively watches and listens to videos and podcasts daily.
The best possible outcomes she experiences continue to transform her life.
RIDBC Audiologist Anne-Marie Crowe attributes the success Louise is experiencing to her commitment and dedication. “Louise is a great example of someone who has worked really hard on getting the best result from her cochlear implant” she said.
“She investigates the options available and has considered the recommendations and advice offered to her” Anne-Marie continues. “It is always a pleasure seeing Louise and it is nice to see her world open up after choosing to have an implant.”
Today, Louise wears a hearing aid to support the cochlear implant. She says that the bi-modal (hearing aid and cochlear implant) hearing solution is the right combination for her.
Although group situations can still pose a challenge, Louise’s confidence is high, especially as she can also utilise her old lipreading skills to help her out.