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Jess T.

Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, Nucleus 6 Sound Processor, Auditory Brainstem Implant

A quick summary about Jess T.

  • I can now hear my kids and participate in many activities
  • I am one of just a few who has an auditory brainstem implant
  • Life SOUNDS good

Tell us a bit about yourself

In 2009, I was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, benign tumors also commonly known as acoustic neuromas. Over the last 13 years, I have been through many medical obstacles including deafness. I am one of just a few people in the United States that has an auditory brainstem implant (ABI), which directly stimulates the hearing pathways in the brainstem, bypassing the inner ear and hearing nerve. I also have a cochlear implant.

I was implanted in 2016 after being deaf for 8 years. Using my Cochlear Implant and ABI, I can now hear my kids, serve in my church children’s ministry, run the local youth football league, and participate in many activities I once was left out of. Life SOUNDS good.

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