Category: Implant Experience

Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Feedback

One major improvement that comes with a cochlear implant is no more squealing or whistling. If I was about to hug someone, I got nervous because I feared my hearing aid would squeal. It happened a few times and made me uncomfortable or embarrassed depending on who the other person was. The cochlear implant doesn’t …

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My Implant Hurts

For over a week, my head has been hurting where my implant lives. I couldn’t understand why this was happening as I’ve had the implant for three years. Was my head not borg? Could it actually resist assimilation? I had been having a lot of headaches lately (not just around the implant), so I didn’t …

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Speech Therapy: Those Awful Rs

My speech therapist has been helping me with Rs. They’re difficult to say. Most of the time, my Rs come out like Ws. When I try to form the Rs based on the therapist’s explanations, my mouth feels weird and stupid. That’s one sound I won’t practice in front of people. It’s hard enough doing …

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FDA Cochlear Implant Information

Cochlear Implants has comprehensive on cochlear implants including an excellent movie that shows how the ear works, how hearing loss happens, and how the device works.

Deaf Geek Mods Implant Firmware

Boing Boing: Deaf geek mods implant-firmware so he can enjoy music again based on Wired story. It’s wonderful that Michael Chorost. has had great success with his implant. I continue to go to speech and listening therapy every Thursday and listen to 1080 AM radio (talk radio) and catch words and phrases here and there. …

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Static poses risk to deaf children

According to this Boston Globe article, children have two choices. Play on the slide without sound or join recess with sound, but no slides. I guess that’s one benefit of growing up with a hearing aid and box. As a child, I slid my heart as I was lousy on the monkey bars. Thank goodness …

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Listening to Talk Radio

My speech therapist recommended I listen to a local radio station as it has the weather report every ten minutes as I know what they’re talking about and have a better chance of recognizing words. I try to listen to everything, not just the radio. Once when Paul was near a radio, I asked him …

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Rebuilt

Michael Chorost wrote Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. It’s the story of him losing is hearing and regaining it with a CI. I admire people like him because it’s harder to have hearing and then lose it than it is to be born without it. When you’re born without hearing, you …

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Meet the Lugnuts

Last week’s therapy included reading a page of sentences, some of which caused my tongue to twist. The fun part was the listening that we did for the latter half of the session. I met the Lugnuts, a family with seven kids. They liked to watch TV all day long, shop at the mail (all …

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Safer Cochlear Implant Surgery

Forbes.com reports that researchers have developed a safer and less invasive method for doing implant surgery. The procedure doesn’t call for a large scalp ear flap like the current approach does. Another advantage is that the implant is turned on sooner as there is less trauma from the surgery. I wish I knew what from …

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