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-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

Pre-Surgery

2nd Cochlear Implant Pre-Testing PLUS CHOOSING THE COLOR AND THE DATE OF ACTIVATION

Today has been quite the day! I took off of work today (although I did check in, answer emails, and comment on tasks as much as possible), but the day has been just as busy if not more so than my usual work days. At Around 10am, I left for the train station and then… Continue reading 2nd Cochlear Implant Pre-Testing PLUS CHOOSING THE COLOR AND THE DATE OF ACTIVATION

Personal, Pre-Surgery

It’s Not You, It’s Me: How It Feels to Breakup With My Hearing Aid Audiologist

Image Credits: Global Nerdy This weekend I realized something for the first time. I will never again use a hearing aid. I haven't worn a hearing aid in more than 2 months since I broke the one for my right, unimplanted ear and every backup I had (the battery compartments snapped on them both awhile… Continue reading It’s Not You, It’s Me: How It Feels to Breakup With My Hearing Aid Audiologist

Pre-Surgery

Will Insurance Approve My 2nd Cochlear Implant? The Verdict Is In! PLUS MORE EXCITING NEWS!

Image Credits: Helen Robinshaw It's been a crazy, whirlwind of a week. Whereas everything with my first cochlear implant seemed to happen in the blink of an eye and get approved overnight, things with my 2nd implant haven't been quite as easy. You may recall a few weeks ago I blogged about my evaluation for… Continue reading Will Insurance Approve My 2nd Cochlear Implant? The Verdict Is In! PLUS MORE EXCITING NEWS!

Pre-Surgery

Cochlear Implant #2 Evaluation: A Day Full Of Emotions PLUS MY (TENTATIVE) DATE OF SURGERY

Yesterday was quite the day. I had my evaluation at Jefferson for my second cochlear implant. The day started out pretty well. I was off of work so getting to sleep in a couple extra hours was definitely a perk for one. For two, before I even left for Jefferson, they called me to let… Continue reading Cochlear Implant #2 Evaluation: A Day Full Of Emotions PLUS MY (TENTATIVE) DATE OF SURGERY

Pre-Surgery

The 32 Questions I Asked My Surgeon Prior to My Cochlear Implant Surgery (PLUS WHAT I’LL ASK THE SECOND TIME AROUND)

Image Credits: Work In Sports  Since getting my cochlear implant last year I have had many people come to me and ask me questions about it. I love answering questions about my cochlear implant and I love that people want to ask about it. It's important to ask a lot of questions especially if you… Continue reading The 32 Questions I Asked My Surgeon Prior to My Cochlear Implant Surgery (PLUS WHAT I’LL ASK THE SECOND TIME AROUND)

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.

Pre-Surgery

Maybe Two Is Better Than One: Why I Want To Go Bilateral

Image Credits: SuggestKeyword.com  Ever since I got my first cochlear implant I have wanted to get my second ear done. Getting my cochlear implant is the best thing I've ever done. Read pretty much any of my past entries on this blog and you'll see why. It's given me many new opportunities that I never… Continue reading Maybe Two Is Better Than One: Why I Want To Go Bilateral

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