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MichelleD Patient Expert

sugar land, Texas
I've been deaf most of my life. After considering the possibility of a cochlear implant for many years, I finally decided there were more reasons to give it a shot than not to try at all. This blog chronicles my adventures and mostly likely many bloopers along the way to "bionic"... Full Bio
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Five Bionic Ear Years: An Update by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Yesterday, I was sitting downstairs with Aidan, my soon to be seven year old, and suddenly, I heard birds. I asked Aidan to turn down his DS at first, thinking it was one of ... Read on »
Let it snow! Let it snow! by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If you've ever been a member of a birth board then you'll know how close friendships develop as you wait out those long hormonal and exciting months comparing everything fro ... Read on »
How Cute are These Deaf Dogs? Vote for them to be cover dogs! :) by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I saw these dogs and their stories on the Deaf Animals blog tonight. Please vote for them to be on the cover of Atlanta Magazine. They are currently in second place and vo ... Read on »
Happy Mother's Day to My Second Mom by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Don't let the title fool you. My second mom is second to none. She stands less than 5 feet tall, and she is quite the little fire cracker in the most understated c ... Read on »
One Year and Counting by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It has been one year since my initial activation. I find it overwhelming to think where I was a year ago. I was absolutely MISERABLE when this sucker was turned on. I thi ... Read on »
Breaking Up is So Hard to Do..... by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I'm tired of him.... really I don't care if we ever meet again... My life would be less complicated if I didn't have to hear his voice like... umm... ever! ...Yet... someth ... Read on »
Mapping #9... Twitchy Face by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A few weeks ago I had my ninth mapping. My audiologist is on maternity leave so I had the pleasure of meeting one of the audiologist legends at the HEAR Foundation whose name ... Read on »
What's Next for Nashville? You Can Help! (an update on that bridge that hears, tap dances and... by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is an update to my last post regarding the recent name change of League of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who merged with the EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tenn ... Read on »
Seriously Board Members.... HEARING Bridges? by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Tennessee is my home state. I'll always feel grateful for the opportunity given to me to represent my home at the Miss Deaf America Pageant years ago when I was still so ne ... Read on »
That thing I want to do when I grow up...... by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Wow, the summer months have just whirled and twirled by leaving me in a cloud of dust facing fall wondering where all the time went. To back up a little, back in June my hus ... Read on »
Mapping #8---A Great Visit! by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been! I can't believe my last post was my last mapping, and here I am with my newest results of my eighth mapping from last week. Sh ... Read on »
Mapping #7---Waiter, there's a fly in my ear.....buzzzzzzzz..... by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness To preface this post.... yes, it is about a mapping. Yes, it's my seventh. Yes, I realize some people *ahem* in the blogosphere world are overinundated with the newbies to ... Read on »
I Lub You! by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When Aidan was a baby, I thought briefly about teaching baby sign language classes. I should be a natural, right? I am deaf... I am a teacher (okay...currently on a 4 year " ... Read on »
Happy Father's Day, Pops! by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness May 2007 - Pops visiting newborn Aidan and big sister, Skylar in Texas. Happy Father's Day, Pops! I have a second dad. He's always encourag ... Read on »
Tennessee-Going Home by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My cousin, Abby, got married at Laurelwood on Signal Mountain in Tennessee last Saturday. We parked at a location on top of the mountain and took school buses to the wedding ... Read on »
Mapping #6, by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last Wednesday I had my sixth mapping. I spent two hours with my audiologist, and I realized something that truly makes a great audiologist is one who can also play the role o ... Read on »
Technology (Phone, Text, Music) Suggestions Needed! :-) by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This one is for the implanted or aided techies slash just knowledge modern people of the world out there using a reasonably amplified, clear cell phone with great texting opti ... Read on »
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Another blogger, Sara, who was also recently implanted mentioned that we very rarely hear/read the not so pretty side of life with a cochlear implant. She asked for honesty ... Read on »
It's the Little Things by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness So, my husband just called. The phone stopped ringing before I could find where I left it last, but I quickly switched my BTE (to any newbies... that's short for "behind the ... Read on »
What I Learned in Freshman English by MichelleD Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It's been a few *cough* years since I was a college freshman, but I've never forgotten the first year of English classes. I love to write about my own life experiences or sh ... Read on »