After 10 years of silence I was very happy to eventually have my music back. This implant helped me to obtain a University degree. I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (B. Soc. Sc.) majoring in Human Services with a minor in Disability Services 1997. Shortly after university finished I had to opt out of the life I had planned due to health problems.
In 2005, my implant started to fail. In May 2006, after 16 years of faithful service it was switched off.
I received my current implant around May/June 2007 in my (right) ear. As that ear had not been stimulated for 27 years, it was a bit of a rocky start. But I am sure with the help of my Audiologist and the Mater Cochlear Implant Clinic it will improve with time and effort.
However, I am happy to be here today to see everybody and to recochlear implant community.