A series of unsuccessful treatments left Michelle feeling desperate
Michelle met a friend whose son had just had a cochlear implant. His advice was to get herself healthy and then to go see his doctor to find out if she was a candidate for a cochlear implant.
After 10 weeks of hydrogen peroxide therapy and a healthy lifestyle Michelle had lost 30kgs and was in good health. Blood tests showed that her thyroid was healthy. Further testing confirmed that she was indeed a candidate for cochlear implants. Her doctor then helped with the motivation for her medical aid and suddenly everything was on track.
At the same time, the hydrogen peroxide treatment also began to show small but positive results as she began to be able to hear slightly. Only very low sounds, but sounds nevertheless.
Before surgery Michelle underwent various scans, an x-ray and had a meningitis vaccination. She describes the cochlear implant procedure as being simple. After being sent home to wait for the swelling to subside, Michelle knew not get her hopes too high over the 3 weeks leading up to her switch-on.
As Michelle’s cochlear implant was switched-on she felt like she was in a bell tower. It would take 2 days for her brain to adjust to being able to hear again. Slowly, her recognition of sounds began to improve. It was miraculous!
After feeling so isolated and being afraid that she would never hear again -Michelle’s hearing was restored, and with what felt like such ease. Michelle’s advice to those suffering from hearing loss is to get help as soon as possible. The sooner you can get help the better the chances of getting your hearing back.
With the help of Southern ENT and leading hearing experts, Michelle is now able to hear better than ever before.