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Toowoomba man hears clearly after a world-first implant

Adam Cojean (left) has his Med El Bonebridge implant turned on by audiologist Dominic Doherty.
Adam Cojean (left) has his Med El Bonebridge implant turned on by audiologist Dominic Doherty. Kevin Farmer

ADAM Cojean can hear things clearly for the first time in more than a decade.

The Toowoomba local became the first person in Australia to have a Med El Bonebridge hearing implant switched on, and he couldn't be happier with the result.

"It's amazing," Mr Cojean, 35, said.

His life, and that of his wife Berenice, was changed on Friday when, in a quiet room at St Andrews Hospital's neurosensory division, the device was turned on - the first in Australia.

The first thing Mr Cojean heard was the mouse click of the computer.

"I've not heard anything like that in such a long time," he said.

"It's going to help me quite considerably because normally I would shy away from people because I couldn't hear them."

The small implantable hearing device was designed for people with particular types of hearing loss rather than total deafness.

For Mrs Cojean, it is life changing.

"It's just great," she said.

"We have two little kids who have had to adapt to the hearing loss but now they will just be able to do things not normally able to.

"It's great being able to get something like this done here and not have to go to Brisbane."

St Andrews Hospital chief executive Ray Fairweather welcomed the pioneering surgery and technology.

"To have the first procedure here at St Andrews is certainly excellent," he said.

"Our audiologists are up there with the best, and patients don't have to go to Brisbane."

Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Ranit De implanted the device on February 18.

Topics:  hearing st andrews hospital



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