Marianne – Port Macquarie - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

Marianne – Port Macquarie

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RIDBC Audiologist Elise-Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

For Port Macquarie resident, Marianne Kilmurray, a cochlear implant was life changing. Marianne began to notice her hearing was deteriorating in her 20s, before receiving the first of two hearing aids at the age of 29 – but these eventually stopped giving her access to sound.

“The sound became muffled, so I made the decision to receive a cochlear implant,” said Marianne. “Now, my quality of life has increased exponentially. As a swimming coach my job is all about communicating – imagine coaching children’s swimming squads across six swimming lanes without your hearing!

“It’s easy to lose confidence when you have hearing loss – you are constantly asking people to repeat information and the concentration it takes is immense. It can wear you down. Now, so many areas of my life have changed. Even something as simple as being able to talk on the phone.

“The implant wasn’t ‘magic’ – I had to work hard to hear and that’s why having a local service through SCIC Cochlear Implant Program was so important. They support you every step of the way.”

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 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.


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