A quick summary about Mandy R.
- I had high-frequency hearing loss all my life until a new career prompted me to do something about it
- I have been using the Nucleus 6 with Hybrid Hearing* bimodal solution for the past 4 years, but now use the Nucleus 7
- After 25-plus years of struggling, I have a new outlook on life
Tell us a bit about yourself
I have dealt with progressive, high-frequency hearing loss my entire life. At the age of 21, on the brink of graduating from college, and eager to start a career, I was fearful of how I could do it all while struggling to hear. At the time, I searched for a solution but only qualified for the same behind-the-ear hearing aids, which never helped.
Everything changed for me in 2013 when a big move and exciting new career prompted me to do something about my hearing. I learned that Cochlear was on the verge of receiving FDA approval for a new cochlear implant system that combined both acoustic and electrical sound, a seemingly perfect solution for someone with hearing like mine.
I was implanted in October 2014 and the rest is history. I continue to have tiny victories, and I stop and smile with each and every one. Hybrid™ Hearing has given me a new outlook on life and has opened doors that may not have been there had I not chosen this path.
*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality. The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the US for adults ages 18 and older.