As of the 25th of January I under went a life-changing operation for bioactual cochlear implants. This device will mean that I can hear sounds that I have never heard before and experience so much more within the outside world. When being the only wheelchair racer with a profound hearing loss brings its own challenges, as of when on the track and in training. I’m going to be honest and say It’s been tough and challenging but I know it will all be worth while in the end.
‘’how long do you think until I was going be switched on well’’………. 14 days post surgery so the 8th of February was switch on day and the day that we found out weather it works or not. There are many sounds that I never heard before and never knew even made a sounds, such as when you do your zip up on your coat or jumper!. Which for someone who doesn’t have a hearing loss would take for granted. Just to hear that for the first time is incredible.J This cochlear implant process is going to need a lot of · Practice · Perseverance · Patience A month later so the 8th of march we returned to St George’s for the second programing and it was all positive. They have put me on phase 2 and they believe by May I’ll be hearing full range of sounds. At this appointment I heard my mums voice for the first time since having the surgery.
‘’What are my hopes when it comes to racing with CI’’……. Well I have never heard the start gun before, so this has been the the most stressful and challenging part of the race for me in previous years but I really hope I’ll be able to hear it for the first time and this will most definitely make a hugged difference to my performances.
Hearing sounds that I have never heard before and hearing speech clearer is just something that I thought would have taken at least a good six months to a year. It really shows that the impossible Is possible.
Being fitted with cochlear implants has and continues to be life
changing and will always continue to bring new sounds, and open up so many more
amazing opportunity’s that I never thought would have been possible.
Without the support of family and friends I wouldn’t have got through what I got through let alone would I have been as strong as I was. Its been a challenge and continues to be challenging but I haven’t yet seen a hurdle that we can’t overcome. We still have a long way to go but I believe we’ll get there and it will be so worth it. They have all given me the strengh and inspiration to keep going. ”anything is possible with a smile”.
I can’t wait to hear so many more amazing sounds and experence so much more. Cochlear implants has given and provided me a second chance in life and continues to help me develop in the outside world.
Thank you for your amazing support.
Our incredible journey continues.