I was born with major hearing loss due to maternal rubella. Then in 2014, I lost all my natural hearing.
It had a profound impact and I became very isolated. I had a cochlear implant at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London in December 2014. The surgeon drilled a hole behind my right ear and inserted a magnet to send sound impulses. Electrodes were inserted into my cochlea to take on the role of my damaged cochlea hairs.
I could not hear for a few weeks but life changed once the implant was activated a month later. My hearing is in normal ranges and I’m confident and happy again. Laura Lowles, 30, Middlesex