For 48 year old Camden resident, Terrianne Hart, who works as Centre Manager for Belgravia Leisure, a cochlear implant proved life changing.
“I started to lose my hearing almost 30 years ago,” said Terrianne. “I was rushed to hospital after a vertigo attack and was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which causes hearing loss.”
At 25 years of age Terrianne was told she needed hearing aids.
“It was hard. I was only young and I felt like there was a lot of stigma,” said Terrianne.
“I have enjoyed a career in local council, but so often it’s felt like I was bluffing and had to prove myself because of my disability. I did a lot of public speaking – but put myself in situations where people couldn’t ask me questions.”
When Terrianne’s hearing continued to deteriorate, she began trialling different options.
“I’ve looked into different options, like top of the range hearing aids,” said Terrianne. “They made little difference. That’s when I found out about cochlear implants.
“I was definitely worried about music. Would it be the same? There was a day of ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’” That worry went away after I visited SCIC Cochlear Implant Program. It felt so good to talk opening openly about my experience with people who really understood.”
Now that Terrianne has received her cochlear implant, she’s positive about the future.
“At switch on my son played bohemian rhapsody to me on his phone and I burst into tears, it sounded great!” said Terrianne. “For anyone considering a cochlear implant all I can say is, don’t be afraid. I am astounded about how much better I can hear, how much more I can distinguish sounds. Hearing aids make things louder but cochlear implants are so close to your normal hearing. The quality of the hearing is just worlds apart.”
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.