Jerry P. was approaching his 70th birthday when he had a sudden change in his hearing that made him a candidate for a cochlear implant. Having worked in the medical device field in his career, Jerry meticulously researched the cochlear implant manufacturers and the hearing devices on the market. See how Jerry made his decision on CochlearTM, the Kanso® Sound Processor and how being bimodal has enhanced his life:

“Having depended on hearing aids to help live my life the past 42 years, I was no newcomer to hearing technology, that and I worked in the medical device business during my career.

About a year ago, my hearing situation took a dramatic turn with a big drop on my left side, and my audiologist asked if I was interested in seeing if I was a candidate for a cochlear implant. After further testing with my audiologist, I was confirmed as a candidate.

I did my homework and looked at the manufacturers on the market and their track records. I attended a cochlear implant patient users group event and learned so much from others who had already taken the step I was about to venture on. Today I wear a Cochlear Kanso Sound Processor on my left side and a ReSound Enzo2™ hearing aid on my right, which makes me bimodal. With my new hearing devices I now enjoy learning new sounds and living life to the fullest.

I ended up choosing Cochlear and its Kanso Sound Processor because of Kanso’s small size and the company’s leadership and reputation for quality and innovation. I was encouraged too that with Cochlear as new sound processor technology becomes available, I will have access to that new technology without the need for additional surgery; this was very important to me. Also, Cochlear’s True WirelessTM accessories are excellent, and they also work with my ReSound hearing aid.

I use the True Wireless Mini Microphone, the Phone Clip and the TV Streamer, all of which stream sound directly to my Kanso Sound Processor wirelessly using a simple Bluetooth® connection.

I had been adjusting to the new sounds of my Cochlear Implant when I decided to get a new hearing aid to replace the one I was wearing on my right side. I have a severe loss in my right ear, and more and more I was struggling to hear out of that side. That is when I discovered that ReSound and Cochlear have a partnership, sharing technology with one another to benefit us, the patients, who are trying so hard to hear.

Now, the good part about being bimodal. The Enzo hearing aid links directly to my iPhone® so I can take calls directly from my phone. If I want to hear in both ears while on the phone, I simply turn on my Phone Clip, and I can then hear through my Kanso Sound Processor too.

I have a similar experience with the TV. I can directly stream into both ears because the TV Streamer is compatible with both my Kanso Sound Processor and my ReSound hearing aid, so I hear the TV perfectly!

Hearing in restaurants has always been a problem for me, but now with the Mini Microphone I can hear my wife clearly while in noisy restaurants. I can also hear her clearly while in the car driving in loud traffic. Today I put an address in my phone on Google Maps, and the ReSound hearing aid streamed the directions directly into my right ear!

With my cochlear implant, I’m hearing sounds I have not heard in years like an oak tree’s leaves blowing in the wind when I went to the mailbox the other day!

When I tell people about my new hearing technology they often reply, ‘It’s amazing what they can do.’ It truly is, and I’m so excited to be able to hear again on both sides because I haven’t been able to in years.”

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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.