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

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

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

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

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

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.