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Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

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

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