Sofia was born with a profound hearing loss; with the help of a special device – the cochlear implant – she can hear and learn to speak, living an [almost] normal life. CI’s have an external part who looks like an ordinary hearing aid (in fact a sophisticated computer) but also an implantable one, requiring a surgery. In Romania, first CI’s were implanted in 2000, but the number of implanted pacients is far below the needs.
Still in hospital after surgery, Sofia (r) looks at Andreea, who received her implant several months earlier.
Second day after surgery, Sofia (last one to the right) and Matei watch cartoons with Andreea, who received her implant several months earlier.
Sofia wearing her Nucleus 5 cochlear implant, out for a stroll. At the time, only 6 people in Romania benefit from this type of CI, which is the latest, and maybe the most advanced device in the world.