Browsing All posts tagged under »cochlear implant«

Watch: Joanna Poulton’s documentary showing both sides of having a cochlear implant

February 17, 2015


Joanna Poulton studied Scriptwriting at Bournemouth University and graduated in November. After directing/producing short films outside her course, she wanted to try her hand at putting together a short documentary, and Switch On is the result. The film led to her appearing three times on the London Live breakfast show and has now been added […]

Matthew Johnston: What it’s like to swim with sound (after 49 years in silence)

February 5, 2015


I have always swum in silence. Hearing aids are not waterproof and I have been profoundly deaf since birth. My swims are usually solitary. In the water, conversations with my fellow swimmers are limited to just a few words and without sound to guide me, I need to look up more frequently to monitor my […]

Richard Turner: Discovering music again with a cochlear implant

October 16, 2014


I have always loved listening to music. When I was a teenager and in my early twenties living in Manchester in the eighties and early nineties the music scene there formed a soundtrack to my life and it defined my youth. I grew up listening to Manchester bands like The Smiths, The Happy Mondays and […]

Emily Howlett: Are cochlear implants child abuse, a ‘quick fix’ or a threat to Deaf identity?

September 12, 2014


As anyone who reads my Deaf Mum column will have noticed, cochlear implants have been quite a hot topic of conversation for me recently. And when I say hot, I mean scorching. Having been burned by both sides of all the arguments over the years, I thought it was about time someone tried to look […]

Andy Palmer: 7 speech development tips for children with cochlear implants

September 3, 2014


Going through boxes of dusty old stuff at the weekend I rediscovered a home-made game that I made to help my deaf son learn how to hear with his cochlear implant. It was something I called the ‘Ling Machine.’ The Ling Sounds are just noises that cover the spectrum of speech, from a low ‘mmm’ […]

Read: Deaf writer Sophie Woolley’s article about having a cochlear implant

October 3, 2013


Deaf writer and actress Sophie Woolley has written an insightful article for the Mail about how having a cochlear implant has made a difference to her life. Woolley was deafened in her 20s, and deafness runs in her family. She describes in her article how she felt when she was able to hear her husband’s […]

Catherine Cooper: One year on from my Cochlear Implant activation, I LOVE it!

September 19, 2013


I’ve done it! Almost a year on and with my implant still in place – I have to say, I LOVE it! I had my final check up this week, just to check things over and see how I was getting on. I also had to do some speaking and listening tests. For my speaking […]