Jude's story

After sudden bilateral deafness, a cochlear implant restored Jude’s confidence and ability to communicate.

Cochlear implant recipient Jude demello

If you’re grappling with the impacts of hearing loss, you’ll find comfort in Jude’s story. Jude lost his hearing in both ears just before his 50th birthday and spent the next two years in a world of silence. Unable to have a conversation or hear the phone ringing, Jude said it became almost impossible to communicate with his family, friends or colleagues.  At home, his wife Lourdes said she felt like “her world had collapsed” because she couldn’t talk to him. In work and social situations, Jude repeated “no” to avoid conversations and feigned laughter to jokes he couldn’t hear.

In this video, Jude and Lourdes reveal how a cochlear implant returned Jude to his former self and brought their family back together. “I was very happy, and I am very happy just now,” said Jude of the treatment which has delivered many positive changes in both his personal and professional life.  He said he’shad a promotion at work, can hear the punchlines to jokes and his communication skills have improved by “more than 110%”.

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to understand how it can affect you and how it can be treated. To learn more, browse our website, send us your questions or visit a hearing health professional. We can also put you in touch with other people who’ve treated their hearing loss.  Like Jude, they understand what you’re going through, and can reassure you that treatment will change your life for the better. 




Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.