|The success of cochlear implants reported in the media recently does not give an accurate portrayal of everyone’s experience. The level of hearing gained from having an implant varies from person to person depending on many factors, for example, the level of hearing they have had throughout their life, and the ability of their brain to understand the sounds around them.A person choosing not to have an implant, or having an implant and it not being as successful as hoped, should not be labelled negatively. It is, after all, only another piece of equipment to help people to hear. It is not a cure for deafness.
The term ‘deaf’ covers a wide range of people, from those who experience a mild loss later in their life to those born profoundly deaf; only a small percentage of this group would be suitable for a cochlear implant. Therefore, before embarking on such a procedure, an individual needs to ensure they have all the information necessary for them to make an informed decision. Deaf Direct provides an Information and Advice Service and would be happy to offer impartial information to anyone considering a cochlear implant.
Tessa Slaughter, an interpreter at Deaf Direct, was interviewed by the Worcester News about cochlear implants.