Personal

Celebrating World Hearing Day with the New Confessions of a Def Deaf Girl Website!

Happy World Hearing Day! I figured today would be the best time for me to finally get around to updating this website. For those of you who have been following me for a while, I apologize for the lack of updates. I am currently enrolled in the PhD in Communication program at Liberty University Online.… Continue reading Celebrating World Hearing Day with the New Confessions of a Def Deaf Girl Website!

Personal, Post-Activation, Research Studies

1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now

Image Credits: Design Thinking Blog Hey guys! Wow, long time no updates! I apologize for being so quiet lately I have just been so intensely busy! Juggling work full time at Penn Medicine with teaching part time at Rowan University and taking two classes a semester towards earning my MA in Writing for the past… Continue reading 1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now

Personal, Post-Activation

Cochlear Implants and Depression

Image Credits: The Odyssey Online Before I get started on this blog post I just want to acknowledge that this is not going to be a popular post or a topic many people want to hear about. Most people, especially those who do not have cochlear implants, only want to hear about how amazing and… Continue reading Cochlear Implants and Depression

Post-Activation

My First 3 Days of Being a Bilateral Cyborg: An Exciting, Overwhelming, Scary, Frustrating, and Anxiety-Ridden Experience

My new silver cochlear implant! It's been 3 days now since I've had my second cochlear implant activated. Although I knew what to expect this time around,that doesn't change the fact that it's been a bit of an overwhelming and nerve-wracking experience nonetheless. Activation date was on Wednesday, December 23rd...the day before Christmas Eve. I… Continue reading My First 3 Days of Being a Bilateral Cyborg: An Exciting, Overwhelming, Scary, Frustrating, and Anxiety-Ridden Experience

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

Post-Activation, Research Studies

Reflections From Part 2 Of The Cochlear Implant Music Study PLUS What My Next Study May Be And An Update On The AquaCase!

Image Credits: The Telegraph  Yesterday I had another appointment with my audiologist, Louisa at Jefferson University Hospital. This was for the second half of her music research study. It was the exact same test as I took three weeks earlier except this time I was already exposed to the new music settings on my cochlear. I… Continue reading Reflections From Part 2 Of The Cochlear Implant Music Study PLUS What My Next Study May Be And An Update On The AquaCase!

Post-Activation

Transformation Tuesday: How My Word Recognition Went from 0% to 93% With The Help Of A Cochlear Implant

On March 25th I had another hearing test. It wasn't my first one since being activated, but it was my most thorough one. You may remember from my post in January that I have already seen great results from my first hearing test. However, during that time they did not test me for word recognition because… Continue reading Transformation Tuesday: How My Word Recognition Went from 0% to 93% With The Help Of A Cochlear Implant

Pre-Surgery

The Last of Cochlear Implant Pre-Surgery Screening + The Date of My Surgery!

Today was my much anticipated second appointment at Jefferson regarding my cochlear implant surgery. I didn't meet with my surgeon, Dr. Wilcox, like I initially thought I would. Instead I met with an audiologist and some other staff people and got some more tests done, more information on the implant, ordered the implant, and scheduled… Continue reading The Last of Cochlear Implant Pre-Surgery Screening + The Date of My Surgery!