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Aaron Patient Expert

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I am a 34-year-old IT professional with severe hearing loss that has been progressive over my lifetime. I wear hearing aids, and have been learning ASL and connecting with my local Deaf community for a couple years now. One of my children also carries the same genetic syndrome as me, and has... Full Bio
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Cochlear Implants, Music, and Pitch Perception by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I wanted to write a bit about music perception, specifically pitch perception with my implants.  I was a classically-trained musician for quite a long time during my youth ... Read on »
Cochlear Implant - 6 month update by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness And on the heels of my 6 month update, I am happy to share that I got my second implant two weeks ago! I will be getting activated on October 14, and I plan to spend t ... Read on »
Post-Activation - 11 Day Followup by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I've gone back for my second mapping.  I had a moderately long wish list and we got through everything. I cannot stress enough how vitally important it is to understa ... Read on »
Activation! by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Well activation day was today.  I've got to admit, there may have actually been more excitement and anxiety than with the surgery date itself.  At the end of the day there' ... Read on »
Healing... by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lots and lots of healing.  The body is a pretty amazing piece of work.  I had a noticeable amount of swelling on the CI side of my face yesterday (day 2).  I don't really n ... Read on »
Completely deaf ear is implanted by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I had my surgery yesterday and got implanted with the Advanced Bionics mid-scala electrode. Surgery took about two hours, and pain in recovery was bad the first hour and I ... Read on »
All FCC caption complaint links broken on website by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I'm trying to file a captioning complaint at the official FCC website and every single link is broken.  To say I am pissed off is an understatement.  Screw you FCC! h ... Read on »
Cool new way to graph an audiogram by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I've been messing around quite a bit with a Javascript framework graphing toolset called HighCharts. I tweaked it to graph my past and current audiograms and you can see th ... Read on »
Sudden Deafness in One Ear by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last week I dropped into full silence on one side.  But let's take a look back first... I've been losing my hearing now for 35 years.  It has been a slow and steady lo ... Read on »
Going in for a CI consult by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Since the very nature of my job requires lots of interaction with clients, I'm going to see about getting a CI in my recently-dead ear. I can make out only about 10 percent ... Read on »
Guest Blog - Children and Hearing Loss-Changing Lives by Raising Awareness by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is my first guest post, by fellow blogger John O'Connor -  bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com Perfect hearing is something that the average person really takes for gran ... Read on »
New type of "hearing aid" coming? by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing aids, even the most powerful one, have their limits.  Many people, myself included, find themselves either near or past these limits and in the domain of cochlear i ... Read on »
Deaf FAQ by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I know there are countless versions of this elsewhere, but here is mine: What do I call you? ·       Deaf ·       Hard of Hearing ... Read on »
Switched at Birth - Deaf cannot afford to blow chances by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last night's episode of Switched at Birth was particularly brave in pointing out what is an obvious fact to many, but some might choose to ignore:  Deaf cannot afford to bl ... Read on »
I actually LIKED the Saturday Night Live ASL skit by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I think there is a world of difference between what was done by Chelsea Lately and SNL. Chelsea made fun of something she was entirely ignorant about, thus truly insu ... Read on »
World got even quieter... by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Well I guess it's time to get back in for an adjustment.  I graphed my audiograms over the years. Read on »
Regal Captioned Movies via Sony Glasses - Followup by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I went to see Dark Knight Rises tonight, so I got to use the caption glasses again.  This time armed with the information from my last post, I adjusted them and got even be ... Read on »
5 years of ASL classes - DONE! by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I simply cannot believe that five years has blown by like a freight train.  It seems like yesterday I walked into that beginning class and took like 2 minutes to finger spe ... Read on »
Regal Captions All Movies With Special Glasses - A Review by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Regal has been busy working on equal access to movies!  I have heard it is their plan to roll closed-captioning for every showtime of every movie to all of their theaters. ... Read on »
First time using an ASL interpreter = WOW! (late-deaf) by Aaron Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I had an important meeting this week.  The meeting room is huge, and what sound doesn't "disappear" turns into echoes.  To make matters worse, I knew for a fact there would ... Read on »