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Eye and Ear Celebrates Australia's Oldest Cochlear Implant Recipient

September 27, 2018

Mrs Dulcie Selleck was all smiles despite the unusual location of her birthday.


Dulcie celebrated her 100th birthday at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital with the University of Melbourne’ s Department of Otolaryngology and Cochlear Ltd.

She is believed to be the oldest person in Australia living with a Cochlear implant.


To mark the occasion her family was joined by her surgeon Professor Stephen O'Leary, members of the executive team at the hospital, the University of Melbourne’ s Department of Otolaryngology and Cochlear Ltd to wish Mrs Selleck a happy 100.


Mrs Selleck is a perfect reminder that age is not a barrier to having a Cochlear implant to treat hearing loss. She had the implant surgery at 98 years of age and it has improved her ability to connect with those around her.


 “I am sorry I put off having this done so many years ago”, she said.  “I was pleasantly surprised that the operation was not as bad as I thought it would be. I am much happier now. I enjoy going out with my group of ladies and joining fun and frivolities.”


Cochlear implants improve quality of life and social interaction for older people suffering from hearing loss.  Professor O’Leary commented: “Isolation and depression are common consequences of untreated hearing loss. Cochlear implants really help patients interact with their family and enjoy the simplest moments in life like sharing stories with their children and grandchildren.”


It is hoped that Mrs Selleck continues to enjoy her cochlear implant for many years to come and many more Victorians will also get to enjoy the gift of hearing by coming to the Eye and Ear.

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