– [Susan] I’ve been dealing with hearing loss for 15 years. – [Sue] 28 years. – Most of my adult life was deaf. – And it got to a point where I couldn’t even tell what music was playing. – The hearing aids worked great when you first get them. When you have no sound and then you get a hearing aid, you think it’s wonderful. – They had to be turned up, they had to be adjusted. I was losing more and more hearing. – I started avoiding the phone. – The phone was not my friend. – [Gay] I could tell that I was not hearing the complete conversation. – [Jeff] And the embarrassing part is when you start responding to questions or conversations that are out of context. – You become withdrawn and people are getting angry with you and they withdraw from you as much as you withdraw from them. – I was a wallflower. – [Doyle] My fallback was always my wife. Without me being able to hear her, I don’t know what I would’ve done. – When your work and your livelihood is in jeopardy, that’s your wake-up call. – That was my wake-up call. – That was my wake-up call. – That was my wake-up call. – That was my wake-up call. – [Sue] And then you learn that a Cochlear Implant could change that. – I said, well I’m going for it ’cause we were getting ready to have more grandchildren. I want to hear these boys. I want to be able to drive them around. I want to be able to enjoy their activities. – I definitely wish I would have had my Cochlear Implant done you know, 20 years ago. I think it would’ve made a big difference on my life. I wish I wouldn’t have been afraid. – Life is so much better after my Cochlear Implant. Better than I ever anticipated. – It’s a new life, because my hearing’s back. It’s regained (chuckles). – [Lil] Not only to participate at family gatherings and understand my grandkids, but also to again work with children and help them learn how to read. That was my life dream. – I now go to parties. I now participate in conversations. I go to the movies. I go to the theater. I go to the concerts. – I will volunteer to do stuff now, where before I wouldn’t. – I got my Cochlear Implant and my grandchildren are back in my life. (laughs) – I hugged someone and they whispered, I love you. And I hadn’t heard that since I was a kid. – If you’re in this position, do it. It’s your wake-up call. – You will never regret it. – [Bob] I can hear. It’s wonderful.