Cochlear implants improve life for local couple


This Valentine’s Day will be one to remember for Wake Village Couple Gaylia and Calvin Coley’s. The Cokelys recently underwent a procedure to acquire cochlear implants.

Gaylia, 84, and Calvin, 88, have been married for more than 23 years, and this Valentine’s Day, this happy couple will finally hear what matters most: each other.

Longtime hearing aid wearers, Gaylia and Calvin noticed their hearing continuing to decline and were unable to hear great grandchildren, beloved movies, even one another.

That’s when they explored the option of cochlear implants. The Coakleys visited University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport to complete their surgery, following with their activation day, and now undergo follow up exams. Gaylia and Calvin practice listening so they’ll be able to hear each other clearly say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

This implant has not only increased the Coley’s hearing ability, but their overall quality of life. We met with the Coley’s during their first follow up exam to hear their about their journey with their cochlear implants.

These cochlear implants are small, complex electronic devices that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin.

The Coley’s continue making improvement and are excited about the future with their new cochlear implant.

University Health will be hosting HEAR U, a Free event taking place at 11:00 AM Saturday March 12th, at Shreveport community Church located on 5720 Buncombe Rd.

This event will offer in depth information about hearing loss, hearing devices and technology…. such as cochlear implants, hearing aids and other assistive technologies. During this event attendees can receive a FREE Hearing Screening and Speech Assessment, as well as Hear from real people: Including families with children implanted, adults, and seniors.

This Family friendly event will offer Activities for children including an indoor playground, arcade games and much more!

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