deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation

What It’s Like to Work in a Busy City With Cochlear Implants

I’ve written in the past about how my cochlear implants have improved my career and what it was like to have a job interview with them, but I don’t think I ever really discussed what it’s like to work in a busy, noisy city with cochlear implants. I have been working for Penn Medicine for… Continue reading What It’s Like to Work in a Busy City With Cochlear Implants

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

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

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!

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

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

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

Post-Activation

Post Cochlear Implant Activation Week 3.5 – Small Victories

Image Credits: Dumb Little Man Hey everyone! I know I'm a bit late on this, but Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a good time celebrating! Mine was good but I was slightly disappointed by how quiet it was. I was hoping to hear a lot of noise and new sounds but it seems like people… Continue reading Post Cochlear Implant Activation Week 3.5 – Small Victories