David W

"I had high hopes and moderate expectations. My life changed dramatically that day – I drove home, talking to my wife in the care for the first time in years."

David W

Location: Lecistershire
Hearing Improvement Type: Cochlear implant
Sound Processors: Cochlear Nucleus® 6

I was born with perfect hearing. I began my army career as a teenage cadet, back when we didn’t recognise the risks of exposure to rifle or machine gun fire and grenade simulators. My hearing loss began in my 40s with loss of high tone sounds in one ear. It worsened into my 50s, until I had debilitating hearing loss in both ears. I couldn’t hear the phone, needed TV subtitles and could only work via text and the internet. Hearing aids helped for a while, but soon they were little use.

I have lost my job, but the army makes routine allowances as so many soldiers and veterans are affected. Socially I withdrew from things I could no longer cope with like music or group conversations. Life was quite depressing.

At the implant centre, I met experts with a positive attitude and a whole new ethos. In 2005 I received my Cochlear implant. At switch on, I had high hopes and moderate expectations; but after a few seconds, I could hear my audiologist talking in clear but rather high and squeaky tones! My life changed dramatically that day – I drove home, talking to my wife in the care for the first time in years.

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