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Cochlear implant with Steven Mifsud

By Hidden Disabilities Sunflower The Sunflower Conversations Share

“And at first, high pitched sounds were absolutely unbearable. So if somebody opened a package of crisps I had to leave the room. I couldn't stand it.”

Steven Mifsud MBE joins us on the Sunflower Conversations to talk about his cochlear implant, which is a small, complex electronic device that helps provide a sense of sound which enables him to hear.

Steven explains what the difference is like between a world of silence and non-stop sound. Since his first hearing aid at the age of two, technological advances have come a long way, and the sounds that he is now able to hear are vastly improved.

We discuss the social and medical model of disability and how they differ, as well as how they impact the deaf community. Steven’s decision to have a cochlear implant impacted on some of his friendships because many deaf people o not agree with the medical model of disability.

If you are experiencing any of the issues discussed in this podcast, please contact your GP or healthcare practitioner.

For support

British Deaf Association (BDA)

Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) 

Hosted by Chantal Boyle, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

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Download the transcript here.

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