David K.

Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound processor & Hearing Aid - Bimodal | Usher’s Syndrome

A quick summary about David K.

  • I’m a visually challenged individual.
  • I no longer shy away from social engagements or meetings.
  • I enjoy sharing my experience with others, giving back and encouraging them.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am bimodal with a Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor on my left ear and a ReSound hearing aid on my right ear. I had the procedure in 2016 when I was 74 years old. I upgraded in 2021 from the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor. My hearing and quality of life have improved dramatically since I received my cochlear implant.

My son, an otolaryngologist who implants Cochlear Baha® Systems, noticed I was favoring my right ear and encouraged me to get a hearing test. Once it was determined that I was a candidate I received great support and encouragement from the Cochlear volunteer team which is why I volunteer now. This made a big difference in the beginning of my hearing journey.

My wife, Judy and I worked very hard to “train my brain” to hear using the cochlear implant. Having experienced this firsthand, the results were well worth the effort. I no longer shy away from social engagements, meetings or travel. I actively participate in conversations in restaurants or other gatherings. I enjoy listening to music, TV, radio and the wonderful sounds of nature. I don't regret getting a cochlear implant, especially since I'm visually challenged. I wish I had gotten the cochlear implant sooner because of the positive difference it has made in my life.

My advice to those considering a cochlear implant or those who have just received one, it takes time and effort to “train the brain” to interpret the sounds it receives from the cochlear implant. Judy and I can answer many of your non-medical questions and provide additional support to you and your loved ones as you are beginning or are on your hearing journey.


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