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Cochlear implants gave local woman hearing again when hearing aids no longer helped

“The world just opened up; I feel so alive!” These words spoken by Jan Jalosky are a far cry from how she once felt. Jan began to lose her hearing in her early 30s and was quickly fitted with a hearing aid in her right ear and eventually wore two hearing aids. For almost two decades, Jan struggled to find a better solution, and her hearing loss not only began to impact her relationships with her family, but it started producing a debilitating anxiety that eventually kept her from going out in public.

Jan had some knowledge about cochlear implants, but when she finally hit her breaking point with hearing aids she did more research and decided to move forward with the cochlear implant procedure. A cochlear implant is an FDA-approved, surgically implanted medical device that replaces the function of damaged sensory hair cells inside the inner ear, called the cochlea. Cochlear implants can help you get access to the sounds you’re missing, and they are designed to help you hear better and improve speech understanding in everyday situations, including noisy environments like restaurants and family gatherings.

Within a year of contacting her doctor, Jan received two cochlear implants (five months apart). Upon activation of the implants, she knew her life was changed forever. She was no longer afraid of answering the telephone, striking up conversations with neighbors and socializing once again. This result is not unique to Jan. A recent study by Cochlear found 93 percent of people significantly improved their speech understanding with a cochlear implant compared to a hearing aid, and 83 percent of those individuals reported a statistically significant improvement in quality of life after receiving their implant.1

Now Jan focuses on spending time with her family as well as volunteering. In 2018, Jan was awarded with the Community Hero Award for the Michigan/Ohio Area for her work as an advocate for those with hearing loss. She’s a firm believer that with the right attitude, making the move toward receiving a cochlear implant can change anyone’s life!

If you or someone you love is struggling to hear in their hearing aids, learn more about cochlear implants and find a hearing implant specialist near you by visiting or call 833-HearDET or 833-432-7338 to get help today.

1. Clinical Evaluation of the Cochlear Nucleus CI532 Cochlear Implants in Adults Investigator Meeting. 2019 Apr.

Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information. Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.

Article paid for and provided by Cochlear Americas.

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