Connect with another cochlear implant recipient or parent who can assist you in navigating the process of choosing and living with cochlear implants. Select one or more mentors who you feel might best understand your own experience and then start a conversation with them.

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Geoff T.

Rockaway, NJ

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  • Sequential Bilateral
  • Professional
  • Active with Outdoor Sports
  • Technology Savvy

Implanted Age: Middle-aged Adult
Hearing Loss: Since Birth
Implanted: Both

I was 44 years old when I got my first implant in April 2000 and became bilateral in September 2011 to give me true bilateral hearing for the first time in my life.
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Susan S. and Brian A.

Lincoln, Nebraska

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  • Lily Loves Music, Swimming and Soccer!
  • Bilateral Sequential Recipient
  • Loves to show off her Neptunes!

Implanted Age: Infant/Young Toddler
Hearing Loss: Since Birth
Implanted: Both

Our daughter has grown into a thriving soon-to-be 5 year-old surpassing all expectations thanks to her cochlear implants and the support of her family!
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Jim A.

Dallas, TX

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  • Sequential Bilateral
  • Professional Career

Implanted Age: Middle-aged Adult
Hearing Loss: Rapidly Progressive
Implanted: Both

I have experienced many phases of hearing loss from sudden loss, hearing aids, single and then bilateral implantation.
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Evelyn G.

San Jose, CA

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  • Cell Phone User
  • Very Active in Community
  • Sequential Bilateral

Implanted Age: Older Adult
Hearing Loss: Slowly Progressive
Implanted: Both

I got my two CI’s and I am not shy anymore. I love being with people and each day is pure joy.
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Jennifer L.

Cedar Grove, NJ

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  • Genetic Hearing Loss
  • Mother of Triplet Boys and a Girl
  • Simultaneous Bilateral

Implanted Age: Infant/Young Toddler
Hearing Loss: Since Birth
Implanted: Both

A mother of four, Jennifer's youngest triplet received bilateral implants in 2008 and is now just a typical 3-year-old who loves to sing!
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Debra M.

Austin, TX

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  • Sequential Bilateral
  • Music Lover
  • Active Mother and Grandmother

Implanted Age: Middle-aged Adult
Hearing Loss: Sudden
Implanted: Both

Getting back music in such a high quality way with my AB cochlear implants boggles my mind and even after almost seven years I am still pinching myself!
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Greg and Stephanie H.

Brentwood, TN

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  • 2 Children with implants
  • Max - 10 yrs old, CI at age 1 and 9
  • Claire - 6 yrs old, CIs at age 1 and 3

Implanted Age: Toddler/Preschooler
Hearing Loss: Since Birth
Implanted: Both

Even though they are profoundly deaf, with their CIs, Max and Claire are listening and speaking. The CI is a life-changing technology for our children!
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Samantha B.

Georgia

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  • Recent College Graduate/Young Professional
  • Loves music
  • Learned to speak with Auditory-Verbal Therapy
  • CI and Hearing Aid User

Implanted Age: Adolescent/Teen
Hearing Loss: Since Birth
Implanted: Right

I was born profoundly deaf in both ears but wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 2, which is when I immediately started wearing hearing aids and went through Auditory-Verbal Therapy to help me learn to hear and speak without lip reading or sign language. My hearing and discrimination got worse in 2005, which is when I decided to get the cochlear implant. Now I wear the CI on my right ear and the Phon
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Howard S.

Boston, MA

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  • Engineering Professional
  • Sequential Bilateral
  • Father

Implanted Age: Middle-aged Adult
Hearing Loss: Sudden
Implanted: Both

After struggling with a hearing aid for 12 years, the implants had a dramatic impact on my life.
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Wayne R.

Voorhees, NJ

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  • Bilateral Sequential Recipient
  • Technology Enthusiast
  • Hearing Loss Advocate

Implanted Age: Older Adult
Hearing Loss: Slowly Progressive
Implanted: Both

I enjoy meeting and helping people. Especially those who are considering a cochlear implant or even just thinking about it!
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