In the summer, we asked Cochlear Family members to share their best Aqua+ moments, perhaps telling us about an achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without Aqua+. We saw a lot of fabulous photos and comments on our social media channels. But there was one little boy that really seemed to captured everyone’s attention.
Four year-old Gordey Barkov from Moscow is a sweet, charming boy who has definitely made the most of his Aqua+. In September 2015, he refused to go into the water for his first swimming lesson afraid in case he might drown. Come September 2016, he won a swimming contest where he swam 25 metres backstroke in only 46 seconds, beating his previous personal best.
Gordey certainly is a remarkable swimmer, but his story begins when his hearing loss was picked up at routine infant screening and it quickly became clear that acoustic hearing aids did not suit him. Gordey’s parents bravely opted for cochlear implants despite having little information available at that time.
Since receiving his bilateral implants around his first birthday, Gordey’s hearing and language has gone from strength to strength. He is now a happy, sociable child with lots of friends from his mainstream preschool and a passion for aeroplanes (as well as swimming).
Best of all, is that he can still hear when he’s in the water. When he gets the bag ready for swimming, Aqua+ is the first thing he looks for.
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