For 47 year old deaf artist, Angie Goto, a cochlear implant was life changing.
Angie from Sydney’s Inner West was born deaf after her mother contracted congenital rubella syndrome whilst pregnant with Angie.
“When I turned 40, I wanted to be able to enjoy my growing children more and hear all the sounds from their world,” said Angie. “It was a big decision to make, but since my cochlear implant was ‘switched on’ I am now much more aware of a variety of sounds that I was previously unable to hear and I’m still learning new sounds seven years later!”
What would Angie say to other people struggling with their hearing?
I believe it’s a personal choice on how best to deal with hearing problems. The most important thing is to advise people with hearing loss on the possible solutions available to them, but the decision to act on this information remains with the individual.
SCIC Cochlear Implant Program supports clients to access a range of implantable hearing devices according to their needs. The program provides a seamless, end-to-end suite of services, from early intervention and education; through to specialist assessment; surgical liaison and support; and rehabilitation services, delivering the highest level of care and support to people of all ages.
With 18 sites across Australia, RIDBC enables you to access services from any one of our centres. For those in regional and remote locations, our advanced videoconferencing and device mapping technology enables us to deliver services directly into your home, no matter where you live.
For more information about cochlear implants and the support services available, visit ridbc.org.au/scic or call 1300 658 981.
RIDBC is a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with vision or hearing loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.
RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in people’s lives.