Illness and Hearing

I didn’t wear my implant for almost two days because I was sick. When I put it back on — whoa, it was uncomfortable. Took a little time, but got used to it. It takes time to get used to wearing braces and eye contacts — the same applies to hearing aids and cochlear implants. But why did I have to start over every time I got a new hearing aid? It was understandable when I got the cochlear implant.
I had a lot of ear infections when I was a kid (nothing to do with my hearing loss as far as I know) and I couldn’t wear my hearing aids when that happened. It got so bad that I was no longer “used” to wearing two hearing aids at the same time — plus, we had to send it in for repairs.
And from then on, I wore both hearing aids, but I would switch between ears depending on which sounded better. I never told my parents until years later. I believe it was high school when I got a new set of hearing aids and I got used to wearing both at the same time again.
Now with a cochlear implant, I am back to one. I don’t know if I want to get a cochlear implant for my other ear. I fear getting sick again from the surgery. That lasted too long and I don’t have time to be sick like that. Heck, I didn’t have time to be sick for the past week and now I’m behind.

2 comments

    • Chia on July 19, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Just wanted to tell, after reading your blog, that you ar great !!!
    Kind regards from The Netherlands.

  1. I am sorry to hear that you are ill. Please note that you had ear infections, and now you are suffering from cochlear implants
    every illness have a reason why it happens for you. I think it is because your body rejected the hearing aid or cochlear implants.
    Have you thought about deaf community where you can communicate with other deaf via sign language?

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