Gigi – Cochlear Implant


cochlear implant patient gigi

Denver Ear Cochlear Implant Patient returning to scuba diving.

first successful dive after surgery

Gigi developed severe hearing difficulties as the result of major ear infections as a child. She was never one to let hearing loss slow her down. In fact she developed a lifelong passion for scuba diving. She began experiencing difficulties equalizing the pressure in her ears, something important for all divers as they descend. A physician friend suggested she see Denver Ear Associates.

After a thorough evaluation and hearing testing, a cochlear implant was recommended for Gigi’s severe hearing loss. Her first question, “Can I scuba dive?”  Honestly, we didn’t know the answer right away. Our medical staff went to work researching this and learned that Cochlear® had begun clearing patients to dive.

“I was very nervous, but I trusted my surgeon, trusted this group” Gigi tells us. After the device was activated, the doctor called. “I heard the beeping, oh my God you did it!” she exclaimed.

Her advice to Cochlear candidates; patience, persistence, and perseverance. There is an adjustment period post surgery, where each morning she needed to sit in total quiet for 15 minutes. “It was not easy, you have to keep doing it.” It wasn’t long before Gigi returned to the water though.  The staff checked her progress regularly as she prepared to return to diving.

“Because it was important to me they made it important to them.” We look forward to hearing from Gigi about her next underwater adventure.