For 69 year old Springwood resident and retired medical scientist, Jil Parker, a cochlear implant has proved life changing.
“My hearing loss was only diagnosed when I was almost 30 years old. I was raising two small children and my mother noticed I didn’t hear her when I was distracted with the kids,” said Jil. “I struggled when I started school, not knowing I was hearing impaired and only managed when I unknowingly learned to lip-read.”
Finally, at age 64, Jil received a cochlear implant through SCIC Cochlear Implant Program.
“Over the years my hearing continued to decline and I started to withdraw from activities and became isolated. When my cochlear implant was ‘switched on’, it was an uplifting moment and life magically started to change and my life was transformed.”
Jil recommends that anyone struggling with their hearing should investigate the options available.
“If you’re struggling with hearing loss – don’t give up! With my cochlear implant I can again socialise with my family and friends. I am now able to be part of life, instead of just being there.”
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.