Hearing Loss, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Tinnitus

Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing? What You Need to Know About Tinnitus

On March 18, 2021, the CEO of Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor, died by suicide. In a statement released by Texas Roadhouse, Taylor was said to have been suffering from side effects of COVID-19, including tinnitus which became unbearable. According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is a condition that impacts an estimated 50 million… Continue reading Why Do My Ears Keep Ringing? What You Need to Know About Tinnitus

Christianity, Church, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Religion

What Does Speaking in Tongues Have to Do With Sign Language?

What the Apostle Paul Says About Speaking in Tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 This week I read 1 Corinthians 14, and it made me think a lot about the history of American Sign Language. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul is talking to the church of Corinth about speaking in tongues. He acknowledges the ability to… Continue reading What Does Speaking in Tongues Have to Do With Sign Language?

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Research Studies

Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

  Video Credits: TEDx Talks Today I watched Heather Artinian’s Georgetown TEDxGeorgetown Talk, “Not the Hearing or Deaf World.” Heather Artinian was the star of the popular documentary Sound and Fury and its sequel, Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later. As the daughter of two Deaf parents, Heather grew up in Deaf culture and was taught… Continue reading Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery, Research Studies

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

I often times speak out against how frustrating it can be to have people see my cochlear implants and automatically assume that I sign. This is annoying but an easy mistake for people who are not familiar with the difference between lowercase d deaf and capital D Deaf to make. What is infuriating to me… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

Post-Surgery

Reflecting On My 2nd Cochlear Implant Surgery: The Actual Procedure, Recovery, & Complications PLUS My First Impression Of The Naida Q90 Processor And An Update On My Novel!

Hey guys I apologize for the lack of updates. Been a bit crazy over here lately since my surgery, but I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things today. I had the surgery for my second cochlear implant for my right ear on November 30th. The procedure was almost identical to how… Continue reading Reflecting On My 2nd Cochlear Implant Surgery: The Actual Procedure, Recovery, & Complications PLUS My First Impression Of The Naida Q90 Processor And An Update On My Novel!

Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery, Uncategorized

Reflections from Advanced Bionics’ Naida Q90 Webinar

Image Credits: Advanced Bionics Last night I attended Advanced Bionics' online webinar that was all about the new Q90 processor. This was really important for me since I recently found out that I am eligible for an early upgrade to trade in my current Q70 processor for the new Q90. The webinar was very informative.… Continue reading Reflections from Advanced Bionics’ Naida Q90 Webinar

Personal, Post-Surgery, Research Studies

Hearing Preservation After Surgery and My Second Cochlear Implant Support Group Meeting

Image Credits: Cochlear Implant Online I know what you're thinking... I thought you said your first cochlear implant support group meeting would be your last.  And you're right, I did. Back in May I went to my first cochlear implant support group when they did a discussion on cochlear implants and dementia. It was extremely… Continue reading Hearing Preservation After Surgery and My Second Cochlear Implant Support Group Meeting

Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery

I Saw My Cochlear Implant Surgeon Today. Here’s What Happened.

Image Credits: ATR World Today was a lot of things...including: My maternal grandfather's birthday My 2 year anniversary of working at WebiMax The 1 year anniversary of meeting my surgeon, Dr. Wilcox for the first time A 1-year follow up appointment with Dr. Wilcox. Yes, I realize that it's incredibly ironic to have my 1-year… Continue reading I Saw My Cochlear Implant Surgeon Today. Here’s What Happened.

Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery

What It’s Like to Fall in Love When You Have A Cochlear Implant

Warning: before you read any further, this blog post might be sickening sweet/cute. You might puke a bit. Don't say I didn't warn you. I'd like to share a glimpse of my love story today. I've already spoken many many times about how getting a cochlear implant helped me to strengthen my relationship with my… Continue reading What It’s Like to Fall in Love When You Have A Cochlear Implant

Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery

How Getting A Cochlear Implant Improved My Career

Image Credits: Cell Construction Limited  Before I say anything let me just say my employer is most definitely an equal opportunity employer. They have always been extremely accepting of my hearing impairment and willing to work around it. My hearing most certainly never held me back at my job. I remember way back when I… Continue reading How Getting A Cochlear Implant Improved My Career