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Eleonora Simoyan

It seems a small device in the ear, but my whole life is in it! Life in bright colors, in the world of music, in the world of sounds.

Hearing loss after illness

My name is Eleanor Simonyan. I am 20 years old. On 1 February 1999 I had a cochlear implantation, and I am Usharik for 18 years already.

I grew up as an ordinary child, I have never had hearing problems. I loved singing and dancing. Despite the young age (only 2.5 years old), I had a lot of vocabulary, and I remember with a smile how everyone called me a talker. As a child, I had weak immunity, I picked up the infection, namely - a meningococcal wand, resulting in hearing loss.

Eleonora Simonyan among the finalists of the festival "Magic Symphony 2016"
I grew up an ordinary child, without any problems with hearing. But because of weak immunity I picked up the infection and lost hearing.

Nowadays there is a well-developed technology, medicine, there are various forums. By that time all this was not available, and my parents did not know what to do. But we were lucky: at that time my uncle was treated by an otorhinolaryngologist, who told him of the St. Petersburg Research Institute. There my parents got acquainted with the doctors-specialists who told that there is such an operation as CI.

Cochlear implantation

I had an operation, and it was successful. The interval between hearing loss and CI was three months. But even in such a short time, I forgot how to speak. I had to learn how to walk again, how to speak. My parents and the audiologist Megrelishvili Spartak Mikhailovich did a lot for me. St. Petersburg Research Institute became my second home.

The interval between hearing loss and CI was three months, but even in such a short time, I forgot how to speak.

Although my hearing is not natural, I can hear with one ear. I'm so used to the speech processor that I can not imagine living without it, it's part of me. It seems a small device in the ear, but my whole life is in it! Life in bright colors, in the world of music, in the world of sounds. When I take it off, the world seems to lose its former colors and becomes gray. I've been wearing it for 18 years, almost all my life, and with humor I call myself a "SP veteran".

I'm so used to the speech processor that I can not imagine living without it, it's part of me. It seems a small device in the ear, but my whole life is in it!

Dancing lessons

Now I study at the university in the Faculty of Law, studying is easy for me. I devoted most of my life to dances - I have been engaged for 8 years, they mean a lot for me. Thanks to the fact that I had an operation, I can communicate, listen, speak, dance. No matter how hard the path is, it's worth going through to feel the taste of victory.

Performance by Eleonora Simonyan at the festival "Magic Symphony 2016"
I devoted most of my life to dancing - I've been doing it for 8 years already. And in 2016 she participated in the festival "Magic Symphony".

I am grateful to my parents, all the doctors of the St. Petersburg Research Institute for the fact that they led me to this result. This year I participated in the festival "Magic Symphony", where children with hearing impairments performed, got acquainted with the ushariks. And finally, I would like to express my gratitude to Ilchenko Alexei and MED-EL for the opportunity to hear and be a full-fledged person. Good luck to you in your work!

I am grateful to parents and all doctors of the St. Petersburg Research Institute for the fact that they led me to this result. No matter how hard the path is, it's worth going through to feel the taste of victory!