cochlear-connectionsNovember is National Inspirational Role Models Month, which is a perfect time to highlight our biggest role models at Cochlear: our volunteers.

We know taking the step to getting a hearing implant for your hearing loss is not always an easy decision. Like many of us when we’re making tough decisions, we turn to others who have gone through similar experiences to help us when we face big choices.

If you are looking to get a hearing implant and are seeking advice, support and encouragement, check out our Cochlear Connections community.

Cochlear Connections is a hub of Cochlear recipients who volunteer their time to help people like you. Talk to someone who has experienced a personal hearing journey similar to yours and meet others who have benefited from Cochlear’s technology. Our Cochlear volunteers inspire hope, provide support, and offer the chance for you to ask personal questions via email and phone.

Below are just a few of our Cochlear volunteers you can make a connection with on your journey.

iraida-franceschiIraida F. – Bilateral Cochlear implant recipient

I’ve struggled with hearing loss since I was young and had hearing aids nearly all my life. About a month or two after activation of my cochlear implants, I was soon noticing and discovering sounds I had never heard before in my life, such as the tick-tock of the clock and the birds singing! I am now eternally grateful for my cochlear implants. The difficulties and struggles of the past are long gone memories, and I want to help others get where I am too.

deb-turnerDeb T. – Bilateral Cochlear implant recipient with Hybrid Hearing*

I inherited my high frequency hearing loss. I noticed my hearing worsen in my 20s, wore hearing aids for 30 years, but it continued to get worse. I could no longer hear/understand: timers, birds, doorbells, phones, smoke detectors, my daughter-in-law, children’s voices and cries, etc. I was a per fect candidate for the Hybrid Hearing solution. To me, the whole process has been worth it, and I hope my story encourages others to seek more information and consider this life changing solution.

chrissy_alex-useChrissy F. – Mom of Baha recipient

Alex has had hearing loss in his right ear fro m the time he was born because of cholesteatoma. After years of struggling to find a solution that was right for him, we found the Baha Attract. He has done very well with his Baha, and he embraces it, which makes it fun and exciting to have. I love being a Cochlear Connections volunteer. Alex and I share our experiences on how to handle everything from surgery, healing, classroom tips and so on. Parents need to know their child is not alone and there are a lot of kids just like them.

shane-cone-useShane C. – Bilateral Cochlear implant recipient

I’ve been hard-of-hearing my whole life and lived most of my adult life with hearing aids. When I maxed out the most powerful hearing aids and was continuing to struggle, that’s when I decided to research cochlear implants. I was not happy going through life not being able to hear, being anti-social and also not being able to hear my children. I have never looked back or regretted my decision. I love to mentor because several volunteers and Cochlear employees helped me through my decision, so I want to pay it forward and help change other people’s lives for the better!

Click here to learn more about implantable hearing solutions, and click here to learn more about Cochlear Connections today.  

**The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality

Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.