Sept 2017 Smooth FM and nine.com.au
Liz Zappia was just 15-months-old when she began to lose her hearing, she's now a married mother-of-two and had not ever heard her children's voices. The fact she couldn’t hear her babies and know whether they were in pain has meant her anxiety has increased a lot in the years since she became a mother. “Most of my life, I coped OK. It wasn’t until I became a mum that the challenge started for me. Not being able to hear them cry, I had to rely a lot on body language and process of elimination to figure out what they wanted.” In order to get some hearing back, Liz got a cochlear implant. After having it switched on, Liz found it quite overpowering and couldn’t really hear anything straight away.
About five to six weeks after having the implant turned on, Liz began hearing sounds like the water from the tap and the clattering of cutlery. When she finally began hearing her kids' voices, she said she felt much more connected to them as a mother.
Her husband David said “It’s wonderful, the result that she’s gotten… Before she got the implant she used to question her ability as a mum – I don’t know why – but it’s good to see now that she’s thriving. Even without the implant she was phenomenal, and what she achieved in her life before, but this has taken it to a whole new level.”