“It’s important it’s not just children,” says Suzanne Harrigan, a speech therapist for The Ear Foundation, a group for cochlear implant patients.
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“Because I’d waited so long for it.” But her boyfriend Owen, who was with her when they switched the device on, wasn’t so sure. In the past few years, implants have become increasingly sophisticated.
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Sitting on a sofa in her home in Huntingdon, Laura becomes emotional as she recalls the moment she heard Owen for the first time. What’s more, research had shown that the adult brain found it more difficult to adapt to the “hearing world” than that of a child, so didn’t benefit as much from an implant. Acting as a receiver, it picks up sounds from a microphone worn on the outer ear, converts the sounds to an electrical signal and then sends the signal to electrodes to stimulate the auditory nerve. Then, while I was talking to the audiologist, someone else spoke and I said, 'That’s my mum’s voice.’ And Mum just burst into tears.” First introduced to Britain in the late Eighties, a cochlear implant is an electronic device that’s inserted into the inner ear and wired up to the cochlea, the snail-shaped cavity that normally helps to transmit sounds to the brain.The partnership is driving forwards with both organizations recognizing the benefits of working together for our mutual goals.Read more UK Deaf Sport is a federation of many deaf sports organisations built around a UK wide organisation, united by a commitment to support the cause of deaf people through sport.