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Cochlear

Cochlear's Hear & Now Blog

Learn more about our recipients and their experiences with Cochlear.*

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-photo-of-Leeolie-who-uses-a-bimodal-solution-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="" srcset="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-photo-of-Leeolie-who-uses-a-bimodal-solution-300x300.jpg 300w, https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-photo-of-Leeolie-who-uses-a-bimodal-solution-600x600.jpg 600w, https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-photo-of-Leeolie-who-uses-a-bimodal-solution-768x768.jpg 768w, https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/A-photo-of-Leeolie-who-uses-a-bimodal-solution.jpg 924w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">“My name is Leeolie. I am currently 30 years old and I have a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor. When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer, having a slim chance of survival. I fought my way through at such a young age, but it came with a cost. I lost my hearing. &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/bimodal-solution/">Continued</a>

After struggling with hearing aids alone, bimodal solution helps Leeolie enjoy music and conversation

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Margaret-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">How to get active and connect with the outdoors Being active and enjoying the outdoors is an essential part of healthy living for many people – whether it’s walking, running, swimming, playing a team sport or being in the wilderness. If you were active before you received your cochlear implant, there’s no reason why you &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/living-an-active-lifestyle-with-hearing-loss/">Continued</a>

Cochlear implant recipients are living an active lifestyle with hearing loss

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Soli-Image-1-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Kanso 2 Sound Processor recipient with telescope" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Soli loves to stargaze – to see the universe through her telescope. &#8220;The stars have always reminded me of the things that make me who I am … to know that even though we are so small, we still exist and we still matter.&#8221;One of the things that makes Soli the person she is today &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/upgrade-kanso-2-sound-processor/">Continued</a>

Teen with Cochlear Kanso 2 Sound Processor upgrade shares how next-generation technology keeps her reaching for the stars

<img width="300" height="198" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/A-picture-of-Dan-one-of-the-earliest-cochlear-implant-recipients-scaled.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="" srcset="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/A-picture-of-Dan-one-of-the-earliest-cochlear-implant-recipients-scaled.jpg 2560w, https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/A-picture-of-Dan-one-of-the-earliest-cochlear-implant-recipients-600x396.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">“Around the age of 5, my parents first noticed that I had mild hearing loss in one ear and a slightly more severe loss in the other ear, but it wasn&#8217;t deemed severe enough to require hearing aids. In first grade in 1972, I contracted the mumps, which destroyed the hearing in my &#8216;good&#8217; ear &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/one-of-earliest-cochlear-implant-recipients/">Continued</a>

One of the earliest cochlear implant recipients reflects on his life and careers as he celebrates a milestone birthday

<img width="293" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Child-who-failed-newborn-hearing-screening-with-his-cochlear-implant-sound-processor-scaled-e1626301779201.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">“Our third child, Jaxon Oliver, was born on May 24, 2018. I can’t express into words the love and excitement we had for him entering into this world as our first son. I tweeted a photo saying, ‘I never thought I would have such an overwhelming feeling of love for a boy after having the &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-loss/children/failed-newborn-hearing-screening/">Continued</a>

Child who failed newborn hearing screening given chance for sound with cochlear implants

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_534962014_blog-image-for-CAM-MK-WEB-3191-1-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Typically, each health insurance plan has their own definition for what is medically necessary; however, there are some common themes. Usually, a product is covered by insurance if it: Improves your hearing Decreases risk to your personal safety Improves your quality of life Is required for the hearing device to function Some examples of parts &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/generally-covered-cochlear-parts-accessories-insurance/">Continued</a>

Navigating your insurance for generally covered Cochlear parts and accessories

<img width="1" height="1" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/shutterstock_1356590489_blog-image-for-CAM-MK-WEB-3192-1.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Shopping for parts and accessories You can shop and place an order for parts and accessories on the online Cochlear Store, where you have the option to shop in insurance mode or in self-pay mode.  In insurance mode, you will only see parts and accessories that are considered medically necessary, which varies by insurance provider, &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/cochlear-parts-accessories-payment-options/">Continued</a>

Payment options and ways to reduce your costs for Cochlear parts and accessories

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/CAM-MK-WEB-4050-ISS2-EOYB-Blog-Header-800x500-1-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">As you look to maximize your insurance benefits before the end of 2021, Cochlear is here to help you navigate the insurance process. For upgrade orders, we’ll work with your insurance provider and clinician on your behalf, which includes collecting all the necessary documentation to determine coverage and billing your insurance directly – even if &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/upgrade-sound-processor-using-2021-insurance-benefits/">Continued</a>

Make the most of your 2021 insurance benefits to upgrade your sound processor before the end of the year

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Torie-who-after-losing-hearing-at-an-early-age-hears-with-a-cochlear-implant-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">“During my senior year of high school, my hearing began to decline. At home, my mother would often call my name and after numerous attempts, she would come to my room and say, ‘Torie, I’ve been calling you. Did you hear me?’ I would reply, ‘No, I’m sorry – I did not hear you.’ Losing &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/losing-hearing-at-early-age/">Continued</a>

After losing her hearing at an early age, successful businesswoman Torie hears with a cochlear implant

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/D1787611_Alisha-Arragon_image2.0-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Alisha didn’t hesitate to get a second bone conduction implant “I was willing to try anything and everything to be able to hear on both sides, so I would be able to focus more on improving myself and getting where I wanted to be in life,” says Alisha. Before getting her first Cochlear™ Baha® 5 &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/bone-conduction/bilateral-baha-5-helps-hearing/">Continued</a>

How being a bilateral Cochlear Baha 5 System recipient helps Alisha’s to hear in her job as a nurse