It is your nephew’s 13th birthday party tonight. The whole family and all their friends are going to be there. A year ago, you would have dreaded this event because you could not hear. It would be the same old thing—catch a snippet of conversation here or a raucous snort of laughter from your Uncle Joe over there, but never quite being able to catch the whole conversation. Defeated and frustrated, you retreat to the remote chair in the corner waiting for the agony of this event to end.
However, you became a cochlear implant recipient and are now utilizing the bimodal solution—a cochlear implant on one side, and a hearing aid on the other side. Now, you find that you are able to immerse yourself in all of life’s moments, from joining meetings at work, to a quiet movie night with your spouse, and yes, attending a 13-year old’s birthday party. It is in these moments, in sharing laughter or catching the punchline of the joke, that we relish life’s beauty. And to think, it all started by a simple question at your audiologist’s appointment: “Have you thought about a cochlear implant?”