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Lily's Dad Patient Expert

Our daughter Lily Bliss was born in June 2007 with profound hearing loss. At 10 months old, she became one of the youngest in Nebraska to receive bilateral cochlear implants. This blog is the story of our hearing journey and the proof that Life really is Bliss.
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Class presentation on cochlear implants and other fun stuff by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lily and I have now given two presentations on hearing and cochlear implants at her school.  The first was a presentation to her own class. ... Read on »
The Spa Experience by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lily has been begging and pleading with me to get a "facial" ever since she read the sign "now offering facials" at the local nail place.  ... Read on »
Apple and Peach Picking by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We made a quick trip to an incredible orchard this weekend to pick apples and peaches. The founders of the orchard had a fabulous property ... Read on »
Babies hear their Moms before birth by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness New research reinforces what many people had believed—babies hear what their moms say and their brains recognize these words after birth.  ... Read on »
Advanced Bionics releases new Naida CI, electrode and HiRes Optima by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Advanced Bionics has just introduced the Naída CI Q70 (Naída CI) processor, HiFocus™ Mid-Scala electrode, and HiRes™ Optima Sound Processi ... Read on »
CI Toolkit for parents and teachers by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Recently I received The Cochlear Implant School Toolkit which was funded by a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National In ... Read on »
Bodie's first haircut by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Bodie's first haircut came around his 18 month birthday.  No salon.   No big cape or fuss.  Just Mom and a pair of kitchen scissors.  He's ... Read on »
Summer Fun by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lily recently learned the photographer's phrase "Work it baby!"  She thought it was hilarious.   Read on »
Cochlear Implant Balance Research Study by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We've participated in various cochlear implant research studies over the past five years because we feel it's important to give back and he ... Read on »
Chickens: A new language opportunity by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Always in search of new language opportunities, we have now become chicken farmers.   We've watched two chickens grow from week-old chi ... Read on »
Lily's first piano recital by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lily, age five, has her first piano recital after five months of lessons.  We call her Beethoven, she calls herself Lady Gaga.  In the vide ... Read on »
Auditory Brain Stem Implants for children in the US by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If a Cochlear Implant doesn't work for a child with no auditory nerve, there may be a new option in the US. Check out this recent story abo ... Read on »
New bike helmet - Giro Flume by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness The last picture shows an amazing new Giro Flume bike helmet that we purchased off the sale table at the bike store because Lily needed "two ... Read on »
Happy Birthday Lily - To An Amazing Six Years by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Happy birthday to our daughter Lily - Amazing, talented and now six years old. Read on »
Bright Lights Farm Camp by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last week, Lily attended the fabulous Bright Lights Farm Camp.  Run by a retired kindergarten teacher with 37 years of experience, there wa ... Read on »
Bodie and Coocoo by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We think about language a lot and Bodie's language amazes us.  His receptive language is extensive and he can easily hear a word in a sente ... Read on »
Getting Bigger! by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Lily says she is "very into dresses now!" Read on »
A Meerkat Kiss by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This was just funny!  A trip to the zoo. Read on »
Boystown Run 2013 by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Grateful to walk in the Boystown Run/Walk this morning to raise money for the Boystown Cochlear Implant Center.   It was cold and rainy, bu ... Read on »
Lily talking about the monkey bars by Lily's Dad Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If you didn't get enough of Lily in the last video, here she is talking about her experiences on the monkey bars.  This was her nar ... Read on »