A woman who became deaf as a result of grief is now able to hear after 16 years.
AFTER 16 YEARS, A WOMAN WHO BELIEVES she went deaf due to the trauma of losing her spouse has restored her hearing.
Following Paul’s death from a brain tumor, Jacqui Thorpe, 54, had severe tinnitus and became severely deaf in both ears. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, despite a £3,000 investment in hearing aids. As a result, Jacqui was forced to quit her work as a sales administration and learn to lip read. Nothing worked for her after she attempted implants. After receiving an NHS cochlear implant, the mother of two from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, has been “given her life back.”
Jacqui can now enjoy simple joys like birdsong once more. It has, however, been a long journey. She had left her job to care for Paul, but he died in January 2005 at the age of 39 following a nine-month battle.
“My hearing loss must have been caused by the trauma I’ve experienced,” she explained.
“I was terrified, but I didn’t complain about my hearing loss since I needed to keep my composure. But I’d lost my spouse, my best friend, and the father of my children, and I was devastated.
“My tinnitus became quite severe. I cried out for aid for 16 years, but no one could hear me.”
After sending her granddaughter to school and not hearing a word she said, the grandmother of six decided to make a difference in 2019.
An audiologist directed her to a team that specializes in cochlear implants, which are technological devices that give the profoundly deaf a sense of sound.
She got the surgery in December and had returned her hearing by the New Year.
“It was my only hope, and it was a big success,” she said. Now I enjoy listening to the birds. I’m more self-sufficient, more self-assured, and lot happier – it’s incredible.”