asl, deaf culture, Personal

5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Being Deaf

The purpose for today's blog is to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about deaf people. These five questions came from the most searched terms related to the keyword "deaf" according to SEMrush. Please note that I am answering based on my own personal experience as a lowercase deaf individual who has profound… Continue reading 5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Being Deaf

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

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

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

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

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

How My Mom Helped Aid My Cochlear Implant Success: The Before and After Story

Yesterday I gushed about my boyfriend and how supportive he's been about my cochlear implant and how my cochlear implant strengthened my relationship with him. My mom read it like she always does. After all, they always say your mom will always be your biggest fan. When it comes to my writing and pretty much everything… Continue reading How My Mom Helped Aid My Cochlear Implant Success: The Before and After Story

Post-Activation

Why I Don’t Want To Give Up On Lip-Reading

Image Credits: Fan Pop When I first got my cochlear implant I was told that it may make it so I don't have to rely on lip-reading so much, but that I would probably still do it simply out of habit. They weren't kidding about that. Many people with cochlear implants do not want to… Continue reading Why I Don’t Want To Give Up On Lip-Reading

Personal, Post-Activation

How Getting A Cochlear Implant Helped Rid Me Of Anxiety

Image Credits: Pulse Magazine  I have a confession to make. If you're deaf or hard of hearing like myself, than this should come as no surprise. In fact, if you're deaf or hard of hearing like myself, you yourself are or probably have been in the same boat at one point or another. Here it… Continue reading How Getting A Cochlear Implant Helped Rid Me Of Anxiety

Post-Activation, Research Studies

Reflections From The Cochlear Implant Music Research Study At Jefferson University Hospital – Part 1

On May 29th I participated in my first cochlear implant research study. It was held at Jefferson University by my audiologist, Dr. Louisa Ha. The research study was to examine the different kinds of experiences cochlear implant users have with music. Most cochlear implants are made to amplify sound and give more word clarity, but not really… Continue reading Reflections From The Cochlear Implant Music Research Study At Jefferson University Hospital – Part 1