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Jennifer T. Patient ExpertHealth Maven

San Francisco, California
I went suddenly deaf in 1975 at age 4 of unexplained causes. I wore a hearing aid in my one "good" ear for just over 30 years, and then within the space of about a year year I lost all my remaining hearing. In November of 2007 I implanted my right ear and in August of 2008 I implanted my left ear. My speech comprehension scores have jumped from 8% before the implant to 98% after, so I...

Wendi Patient Expert

Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
Although my hearing loss doesn't define me, it has definitely affected me!  I grew up with a bilateral hearing loss that was discovered when I was 4 years old.  I wore a hearing aid and was mainstreamed in school.  It's never been determined what caused my hearing loss, but I suspect it's genetic. In 1993, I lost all the remaining hearing in my right ear (for unknown...

Rachel C. Patient Expert

Atlanta, Georgia
Nearly 18 years ago, I did not understand what sounds meant to me. Every morning for the first few weeks, when I was a rough little three-year old child, my mother had to sit on me in order to get the magnet on my head. I know that sounds cruel of my mother, but I am grateful to her for doing this because she has taught me that it is unimaginable to live in a silent world. Today, I understand...
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Fumasivil

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Follow my journey as I get used to wearing a cochlear implant and the sounds that I hear for the first time since being implanted in May 2009. I am profoundly deaf since birth and have worn conventional types of body worn aids up to digital hearing aids from 6mths old up to May 2009. My blog describes my experiences with the cochlear implant and how I perceive everyday sounds with the implant.

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore Patient ExpertHealth Maven

Italy
I am an American Mom living in Tuscany. My twelve year old son Jordan was born profoundly deaf, wore hearing aids for eight years and currently wears a cochlear implant. My blog is the story of our journey. Co-Author of RALLY CAPS www.rallycaps.net

Dan C. Patient Expert

Laurel, Maryland
I am 43 years old, married, with one beautiful daughter. I live in Maryland. Besides being so close to the national capitol, we are so fortunate to be just 20 minutes away from one of the world’s premier hospitals – Johns Hopkins University Hospital, where I received my Cochlear Implant. My blog is about my journey to receiving my CI. I have attempted to be honest about my...

aegphotos Patient Expert

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
My name is Manda and I have cochlear implant since Nov 2008. I will be writing about how cochlear implant have change the way I have cope with everyday life. I am also a photographer and provide subtitles service on DVD slideshow. Contact me if you like to know more about this service. This will be changing the world for the better.

groovychik007 Patient ExpertFacebook

United Kingdom
My name is laura Im from the united kingdom i have suffered from profound deafness since i was 8 years old and i had a cochlear implant at 9 yrs old  i also have a condition called Multiple mitochondrial DNA deletions which means my energy genes dont work and i found out that it was why i woke up profoundly deaf at 8.  I have a blog that tells you all about my history...

Lone Star Family

Dallas, Texas
Our son Kemper was born profoundly deaf due to a flawed Connexin 26 gene. In January of 2010 he received bilateral cochlear implants at the age of 9 months. We enjoy hearing about and talking to others that have taken the cochlear implant journey.

lissa90

California
I am Lissa, I'm 19 years old and I am profoundly deaf, I have been deaf practically from birth after I was born premature at 28 weeks weighing 2lb 1oz, the medication I required is though to have damaged my hearing. I have a cochlear implant that helps me to hear- Nucleus Freedom. I got implanted at the grand old age of ten, hehe. I have been implanted for 9 years and doing very well!! I love...