Two-year wait for cochlear implant forces B.C. nurse to give up job she loves (Dr. Jane Lea)

Jordona Hubber’s world is never silent. Day and night, the ringing in her ears is constant — a loud, high-pitched hum that drowns out the sound of chirping birds, car horns, and the voices of her husband and children.

It started in her right ear five years ago, and got progressively worse. The hearing loss has cost Hubber her job as a registered nurse at Kelowna General Hospital and has put a strain on her relationship with family and friends, and on her emotional and mental well-being. 

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Demand for cochlear implants has risen in recent years because of an increase in the overall population and a change in the criteria for implant candidates, said neurotologist Dr. Jane Lea. 

Cheryl Chan

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