I admit it. I am guilty of being self centered in my struggles. In dealing with my deafness/hearing loss I internalized it as something only I was dealing with and therefore, it only affected me. This past week, however, my eyes (and ears!) have been opened to see that there is a whole other side … Continue reading The silent side of hearing loss.
I am deaf. 100% stone deaf. I can't hear my own voice, my own scream, a jet engine (except for the ones that reside forever in my head as a form of tinnitus), or an explosion. My ears simply do not work. However, thanks to technology and my amazing Advanced Bionics cochlear implants, I can … Continue reading Invisible
I've been musing lately about listening rehab and hearing improvements. For a while I was pretty sure that eventually my hearing would level out and cease to improve. I realize I'm only 7 months into my bilateral hearing, but if you read about my 6 month testing you'd know that I scored 100% in quiet … Continue reading Get out of your comfort zone!
This past week I had a revelation. My hearing is still improving! Considering that I already feel like my hearing is pretty darn good and that at my last booth testing I hit 100% speech discrimination in quiet, you would think there's not much more room for improvement. Ok, so how do I quantify my … Continue reading As Good As It Gets?
I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child". I don't think anyone would argue the point that having a support system when attempting to raise tiny humans certainly not only makes the job easier, but it benefits all who are involved. Similarly, when on the journey of hearing loss … Continue reading It Takes a Village
It's Valentines Day - the day of all things love. It also just happened to be my 6 month follow-up and the first sound booth testing for my left ear. Prior to my CIs, the sound booth was the last place I wanted to be. I hated it. It was a place that reminded me … Continue reading Love Sounds Good
Please be patient. This is a marathon not a sprint. Please be patient. Learning to hear does not come quick. Please be patient. There may be ups and downs. Please be patient. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Please be patient. When I ask you what you say. Please be patient. Little sounds get … Continue reading Please Be Patient