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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... Full Bio
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Studying Audiology as a Cochlear Implant User by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness About four years ago, I first met Nicole, whose mother and mine are good friends. Nicole and I instantly hit it off and became fast friends. Every now and then our mothers, ... Read on »
Hearing in College by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My mom and Sam’s mom met in the CI Circle many years ago and became friends. Sam and I had never met in person until we attended the AG BELL Leadership Opportunities for Tee ... Read on »
Through The Lens of Our Hearing Friends by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Happy Valentine’s Day! While Valentine’s Day is a day about love, I also like to think that Valentine’s Day is a day about appreciating friendship. Over the years, I have al ... Read on »
Children of Digital Sound by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Back in December of 2013, I met Bethany M. from Australia while she was staying with my sister in Boston. Bethany recently contacted me saying that she wrote an article for ... Read on »
My Experiences by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my closest friends from high school wrote this. Karina and I met over four years ago at the beginning of my freshman year of high school. When I first met Karina, she ... Read on »
Cochlear Implants and Cheerleading by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This past summer at the Usher Syndrome International Conference, I met Clare W. Clare is a high school student and is very involved in her cheerleading squad. Clare has deci ... Read on »
Identity: How do I identify myself? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In my junior year of high school, my English class and I studied The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book was my class’s least favorite book to read because of H ... Read on »
Speaking to College Professors about Accommodations by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In kindergarten to twelfth grade, you have an IEP—Individualized Education Program—that is run by a team of teachers. Back when I was in high school, I used to have yearly I ... Read on »
Choosing a College that is Right for You by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Happy New Year Everyone! It is hard for me to believe that I have just finished my first semester of college. So much has changed since I started college back in late August ... Read on »
Cooking Up Therapy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cooking is a great thing to do in therapy for many reasons.  It’s a hands-on, multi-sensory experience that most children really enjoy.  Making food is part of any child’s e ... Read on »
Plateaus, Valleys, Plains and Mountains: Measuring Progress by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We know that getting a cochlear implant is not an instant fix.  Speech, language, and listening skills do not magically appear after activation, and progress is on everyone’ ... Read on »
Recovering from Cochlear Implant Surgery by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Congratulations!  You (or your child) are on your way home from a successful cochlear implant surgery.  What now?  Here are some tips to make recovery as smooth and comforta ... Read on »
Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss and Education by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently regarding students with hearing loss and their education, from preschool to college graduation and beyond!   Do student ... Read on »
Hearing with Two Ears: A Balancing Act by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness There are a lot of reasons, research, and rationale to support the need for bilateral amplification for people with hearing loss.  It’s pretty much a “given” at this point i ... Read on »
The Waiting Game by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Many auditory verbal techniques are not rocket science.  They’re simple suggestions and tweaks to your everyday routines — little changes that can make a BIG difference in y ... Read on »
Testing, Testing… by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Testing and evaluations bring up many emotions in parents and children alike.  Used well, a comprehensive evaluation provides a measure of the child’s progress and a road ma ... Read on »
1 + 1 = 3 by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I often hear from frustrated parents, “My child knows A, my child knows B, so why on earth can’t she make a sentence with A and B together?  I’m pulling my hair out!”  Movin ... Read on »
Big Goals for Big Kids by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A lot of attention in the AVT world is focused on infants and toddlers — detecting hearing loss at birth, fitting them hearing technology ASAP, and getting their families of ... Read on »
Safety for People with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing technology can provide incredible access to sound for speech, language, cognitive, and social development.  However, one of the most basic reasons people choose hear ... Read on »
Success on the Job for Employees with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Whether you’ve been hard of hearing all your life or are adjusting to life as a late-deafened adult, navigating the workforce with hearing loss can be a challenge.  How can ... Read on »