Hearing management

Question
Posted by: DEBORAH | 2011-09-30

Q.

COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

am 39 years old and I was born with sensorineural hearing loss (suspected to be a result of my mom contracting Rubella/ German measles during her pregnancy), a defect which was only diagnosed when I was 9 years old.

I have not had my hearing tested or worn a hearing aid since the first year i was diagnosed and have attended mainstream schools where i have gotten by entirely by lip-reading.

This week i had my hearing tested at a Addington Hospital for SARS purposes and was told that i am profoundly deaf in both ears and will require cochlear implants. I was told that the operation is only carried out in Cape Town and Gauteng and that its very expensive.

I heard my name called for the first time in years and desperately want to have this cochlear implants as lip-reading is taking its toll on me and i feel like my brain is shutting down when i have to lip-read for a long period of time.

As i do not have medical aid - and also have a son which a hearing problem, i would like to know if there is any other way that my cochlear implants can be funded.

Does the state contribute towards cochlear implants or if not, is there any organisation which funds cochlear implants.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Deborah!

After viewing your brief history I find it quite exceptional that you have been through mainstream education entirely by lip reading. This must have been quite challenging. Candidacy for cochlea implants follows select criteria and would be appropriately advised by your Audiologist and Ear Nose and Throat specialist. If cochlea implants are the only solution and funding is an issue, you may try to contact 'the Hear Foundation' or 'the Cochlea Implant Fund {a fund in South Africa which helps to fund implants} - {website: http://www.cif.co.za/},' for further advice and information with regard to funding.

Kind regards...

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