Bilateral cochlear implants were an effective treatment for Alexandra after illness left her profoundly deaf.
If your child has been diagnosed with hearing loss, you may be worrying about all the things they can’t do. But Alexandra’s uplifting story shows us that with treatment, anything is possible. Even a child who is profoundly deaf like Alexandra can experience hearing and all the joys and opportunities of the hearing world.
At the age of seven, Alexandra had an illness that left her profoundly deaf. In this video, Alexandra’s Dad tells how she struggled to communicate and began to withdraw from the people around her. He says he and Alexandra’s mother poured their energy into finding a solution, and learnt from their doctor that cochlear implants would give their daughter the best chance of hearing. In fact, her Dad says Alexandra heard as soon as her first implant was switched on, a day he recalls as “glorious” and “incredible”.
Today , Alexandra’s family, friends and teachers say she is happy, confident and thriving thanks to her bilateral Nucleus® cochlear implants. The teacher in her mainstream classroom describes her as “an above-average student” but “a very typical 10-11 year old”. Alexandra says she loves talking on the phone, playing soccer and practicing the piano and trumpet. She uses Nucleus accessories and switches between different Nucleus programs to get the best sound for each activity.
Browse our site to learn more about hearing loss in children or the world-leading Nucleus Implant System. We can also connect you with other families who have been in your position, and who can offer support and advice. Like Alexandra’s parents, they’ll reassure you that hearing loss shouldn’t stop your child from doing anything.