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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/2021/03/Woman-4by3-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Remote communication is more common now, and more tiring Working remotely and spending more time on video calls or catching up with friends and family in online group chats can leave you exhausted. For Katie, a cochlear implant recipient and employee in Australia who is working remotely, getting ready for a day of video conferencing &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/listening-fatigue/">Continued</a>

Are you struggling with listening fatigue?

<img width="300" height="199" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Rebekah-a-child-born-with-microtia-and-atresia-with-her-book-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/2021/01/Rebekah-a-child-born-with-microtia-and-atresia-with-her-book-scaled.jpg 2560w, https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Rebekah-a-child-born-with-microtia-and-atresia-with-her-book-600x399.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px">“My name is Emma and I am a graphic designer and mama to a sweet 4-year-old girl. Rebekah has unilateral microtia-atresia, a condition where her left ear did not fully develop in utero. This resulted in her ear canal being closed, making her deaf in one ear. We learned early in our journey that giving &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-loss/children/child-born-with-microtia-and-atresia/">Continued</a>

Child born with microtia and atresia inspires mom to write children’s book

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bonnie-who-experienced-isolation-from-hearing-loss-before-switching-cochlear-implant-brands-e1611258080971-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">“HEARING—I really missed it. I use the past tense because I can now hear so many things that I thought were lost forever. I can hear the birds sing, I can hear the phone ring, I can hear music and I can hear my grandchildren say, ‘Hi Nanny.’ My hearing loss began the mid-1970s. It &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/isolation-from-hearing-loss/">Continued</a>

After dealing with isolation from hearing loss, Bonnie now enjoys the sounds of life

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Michelle-Image-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Last spring, Cochlear was proud to partner with the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing cochlear implant equipment to those in need. For the first 200 sound processors that were traded in during our spring discount, Cochlear pledged to donate a separate, refurbished sound processor to the CIAF. Our &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hear-with-you/cochlear-in-your-community/cochlear-implant-awareness-foundation-2/">Continued</a>

Cochlear has partnered with the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation to help restore sound to those in need

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Bella-a-little-girl-living-with-hearing-loss-e1611246771616-300x300.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">“Bella was born in March of 2019. My husband and I were informed that Bella failed her hearing test the day she was born. We were immediately concerned because our oldest child was also born with hearing loss. Throughout my pregnancy with Bella, we didn’t really think about the possibility of Bella being deaf because our middle &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-loss/children/girl-living-with-hearing-loss/">Continued</a>

Little girl living with hearing loss enjoys direct streaming capabilities during pandemic

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Caroline-S.-and-Caroline-Y.-on-their-perspectives-on-the-Bachelor-contestant-with-cochlear-implants-e1612287536247-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Abigail Heringer has made history as the first person who hears with cochlear implants to be on “The Bachelor”. Having cochlear implants since she was 2 years old, Abigail proves how important representation is on shows like “The Bachelor”. When meeting Matt James for the first time, Abigail immediately shared about her hearing loss and &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/bachelor-contestant/">Continued</a>

“The Bachelor*” contestant makes history as first person with cochlear implants on show; Cochlear recipients react to the excitement

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/D1746015_Alana-Nichols_Balcony_Email-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Advocate for yourself While many parents are understandably protective of children with hearing loss, Alana Nichols’ mother instilled in her, from a very young age, the importance of being able to advocate for herself. “Parents play an incredibly important role in laying down the environment and foundation for children with hearing loss,” says Alana who &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/services/developing-self-advocacy-skills/">Continued</a>

Developing self-advocacy skills to improve your life as a cochlear implant recipient

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Cell-phone-300x300.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">No matter if you prefer a behind-the-ear or off-the ear device, there are some standout benefits to Cochlear’s latest technology over older sound processors. Here are six reasons to consider the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 or new Kanso® 2 Sound Processors. Clearer sound in challenging environments A new feature, ForwardFocus, will help you experience clearer sound, &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/choose-your-next-sound-processor/">Continued</a>

Six handy hints when upgrading to help you choose your next sound processor

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Spreading-hope-300x300.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">Inspired though hearing loss Sophie is an Australian illustrator who was faced with unexpected hearing loss after the removal of a brain tumor in 2017. Like many people with hearing loss, Sophie turned to her creative side to express her emotions and has captured her journey through a series of three powerful illustrations. “I was &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hear-with-you/cochlear-in-your-community/artist-hearing-loss-journey-inspires-cochlear-illustrations/">Continued</a>

Artist’s hearing loss journey inspires illustrations that have come to life at Cochlear

<img width="300" height="300" src="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Peter_a-child-with-Goldenhar-syndrome_with-his-Baha-Sound-Processor-e1610408251688-300x300.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="">“I was born premature with more than ten birth defects, one of them being left microtia and atresia. I could hear normally on my right side but was missing my left ear and ear canal. All my unusual features resulted in a diagnosis of Goldenhar syndrome that came with a nearly four-month stay in the &#8230; <a href="https://hearandnow.cochlearamericas.com/hearing-loss/children/child-with-goldenhar-syndrome/">Continued</a>

Child with Goldenhar syndrome proudly shows off Baha 5 Sound Processor, continually choosing courage over fear