How Shanice Fernandes conquered hearing disability through cochlear implantThink Change India
Shanice Fernandes got a cochlear implant through Cochlear India, after loosing her hearing due to meningitis. She has had the implant for 14 years. According to Shanice, the implant has opened up a whole new world for her. With the Nucleus®6 processor, Shanice can hear people even if they are calling her from afar. People no longer need to tap her to indicate that they are talking to her. Shanice can now enjoy the chirping of birds, music and other finer details of life.
In 2015, Shanice topped her school in the 12 Board exams-scoring 94.6 per cent. Currently Shanice is pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA). Shanice moved from Qatar to India-from a protected environment of the home to an independent life in the hostel. Shanice says her world is so positively different now, that she tends to forget that she has a cochlear implant. The implant has helped her to make friends, join conversations effortlessly and become self-sufficient. Shanice also enjoys dancing, reading, cooking and baking.
Shanice’s parents say that getting the cochlear implant was the best thing they could have done for their daughter. After Shanice was diagnosed with hearing loss, the obvious next step was to resort to a hearing aid. But it did not seem to help Shanice says her mother, Yvette. That’s when Shanice’s parents approached their doctor to inquire about cochlear implants. Although the doctor advised the parents to save up money for Shanice’s future, Yvette and her husband, Arthur, decided to go ahead with the implant.
Finances were a concern but a decision needed to be taken since Shanice wasn’t progressing even with a hearing aid. With a complete hearing loss, Shanice had no chances of being independent, ever. Yvette feared that her daughter wouldn’t be able to function without her help. Arthur knew he had to be prepared to give up his whole life-savings for the implant which seemed to be the only answer to Shanice leading a normal life.
Yvette and Arthur strongly feel that parents who have children with hearing disability should explore the option of cochlear implants. They say that though it is expensive and needs much therapy after surgery, it is worth every penny. Yvette is grateful to everyone at Cochlear India, for treating not only Shanice well, but all middle-class Indians who suffer this problem. Shanice has adjusted well and is performing way beyond expectations.
For Shanice, the cochlear implant means everything to her. She owes her life to the implant and says that, who she is today is only because of the implant.