For retired motor mechanic and Bankstown resident, Greg, his recent cochlear implant surgery is already proving to be life changing.
“I didn’t think I would be sitting here talking to people now, I thought it would take so much longer,” said Greg. “From the moment my implant was ‘switched on’ on the 28th May, I could hear voices. I no longer have to lip read to get by, it’s astounding.”
Now 56 years of age, Greg began to notice his hearing was deteriorating twenty years ago.
“At first I did nothing about it, but it just got worse. Four years went by and I stopped realising the sounds I was missing out on. When you lose your hearing it becomes exhausting asking people to repeat themselves so you end up withdrawing – it’s isolating. I received hearing aids but they just weren’t helping. I was frustrated. You can’t say hello to your mates.”
Greg was referred to SCIC Cochlear Implant Program in Penrith.
“I thought a cochlear implant wouldn’t be possible, because of the cost, but that’s not the case. Life after switch on has been brilliant. I just haven’t looked back. I can hear my cat, Ruffnutt, walking over glass – and I can hear rain hitting the ground. I can’t remember the last time I heard that,” said Greg.
“Now I can’t wait to get back to things that I used to enjoy – like spending time with mates and going out into the city. I think anyone struggling with their hearing needs to just get onto it – things don’t get better they get worse – so get some help.”
SCIC Cochlear Implant Program supports clients to access a range of implantable hearing devices according to their needs. The program provides support for life with a seamless, end-to-end suite of services, from early intervention and education; through to specialist assessment; surgical liaison and support; and re/habilitation services, delivering the highest level of care and support to people of all ages.
With 17 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 or SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, visit ridbc.org.au/scic or call 1300 658 981.
RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision 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 the lives of children and adults with vision or hearing loss.