Meet Meagan and Elise, two young adults whose Cochlear implants have transformed their lives. They connected and bonded through separate hearing journeys that they continue to walk together as friends and Cochlear Family members.

Meagan had a Baha device when she met Elise through a Cochlear engagement manager. The two hit it off and decided to travel to Florida for Cochlear Celebration 2015. While there, Meagan realized that her hearing was continuing to deteriorate and she began to consider getting a Cochlear Implant.

With encouragement from Elise, Meagan decided to begin the process to get a Cochlear implant. She said having someone to talk her through the process made all the difference.

“Elise was amazing from before my surgery, finding out I was a candidate, to surgery day,” she said.

Meagan added that Elise’s experience gave her a peace of mind about her decision.

“I’m like, ‘If she can do it, and I have her leading the way, then maybe I can get there too,’” she said.

The two friends exchanged encouraging text messages throughout the process and continue to rely on one another for advice and support.

Elise said it can be helpful to connect with someone who has gone through similar experiences because they can offer invaluable, firsthand insight.

“Those speech pathologists and audiologists are very encouraging, but it’s also nice to know when you have those texts like, ‘You can do it!’ and just that little push is all you need,” Elise said.

Cochlear Family members are bound by a common experience and united by sound. Click here for more information on Cochlear Celebration 2017.

Skylar Mason
As a journalism student, Baha recipient, and Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner, Skylar is excited to join the team at Cochlear as an intern to tell the stories of other CI and Baha recipients! She attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.