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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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Back to School Giveaway Contest WINNER by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Congratulations to Cynthia, the winner of the TCL Vibe alarm clock from our Back to School Giveaway Contest.  She wrote: Would love this for my daughter! We hope your daught ... Read on »
Great Mistakes by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I have a confession: I love mistakes.  I love when kids make them, I love when parents make them, and I even love when I make them, too!   As hard as it is for a […] Read on »
Back to School GIVEAWAY: Vibrating Alarm Clock by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s almost time to go back to school… which means getting back in the routine of early morning wake-ups!  Vibrating alarm clocks are a great solution for people with hearin ... Read on »
Nick News Review: Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last night, the children’s news program Nick News with Linda Ellerbee was all about kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The program featured stories from five different t ... Read on »
2014 Back to School Guide for Students with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If you’re looking for our Ultimate College Guide for university students or high schoolers with hearing loss considering post-secondary education, click HERE.  If you’re int ... Read on »
Change One Family’s Life at a Time with a Click of a Mouse by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness About seven years ago, I received an email from a deaf mother, which was sent through this website, Cochlear Implant Online.  She told me that she grew up learning to speak ... Read on »
8,000 Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY Contest — WINNERS! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Thank you to everyone who entered our 8,000 Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY Contest, and thank you to our great sponsors, Hearing Henry and TheBeBopShop. Congratulations to our winners: ... Read on »
8,000 Facebook Fans MEGA GIVEAWAY CONTEST! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Can you believe it was only back in February 2014 when we hit 7,000 fans on our Facebook page?  Now, just five short months later, we’re at the 8,000 mark!  That’s 8,000 p ... Read on »
What Do I Do With Old Hearing Equipment? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness What should I do with previous generations of CI processors that I have around the house? A family member passed away and now I have her hearing aids.  Who could use them? W ... Read on »
(Don’t Make Me Say the F-Word) Flashcard-Free Vocabulary by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Children with hearing loss are at particular risk for deficits in vocabulary.  Even when children perform within normal limits when compared to hearing peers on other lang ... Read on »
HELP! My Child Isn’t Making Progress With a CI! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I hear the comments in real life from parents all the time, get them in my email, and see them on various message boards, listservs, and social media sites.  They usually fo ... Read on »
AGBell 2014: Concurrent Sessions by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In this recap: Complicated Cochlear Implant Cases and Evidence Based Data to Support Early Cochlear Implantation   Complicated Cochlear Implant CasesTed Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.Me ... Read on »
AGBell 2014 Research Symposium: Maximizing Brain Adaptability by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Maximizing Brain Adaptability: Enhancing Listening for Language Development, Speech Perception, and Music Appreciation  Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Schoo ... Read on »
AGBell 2014 Short Course: Real Magic Transforming the Future Through Mentoring by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, Auditory-Verbal ConsultancyHelen M. Morrison, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVTMary Boucher Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Listen ... Read on »
News Round-Ups: New Products from MED-EL, Cochlear’s CI500 series back on the market, and... by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness MED-EL released a new internal cochlear implant, SYNCHRONY, and external sound processor, SONNET.  SYNCHRONY will allow recipients to have an MRI up to 3.0 Tesla without the ... Read on »
A Five-Step System to Build Question-Answering Skills in Children with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness How many times have you been humming along in a conversation with a child when suddenly, a simple question stops him in his tracks?  Once you get beyond the rote answers to, ... Read on »
Getting the Most Out of Your #AGBell2014 Convention Experience by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness AG Bell Convention 2014 is just two weeks away.  The countdown has begun!  As you begin to pack your suitcases, here are a few tips for how to get the most out of your Conve ... Read on »
Don’t Pull Out the “Deaf Card.” Please. by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Many deaf people often share stories with me about pulling out a “deaf card.”  Pulling out a “deaf card” means asking for accommodations only because one wants to receive sp ... Read on »
Getting Ready for #AGBell2014 by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s my favorite time of the (every other) year — AG Bell Convention time!  Ever since my first convention back in 2012, this event has been the highlight of my (every other ... Read on »
hEARo: Diane Brackett PhD CCC-SLP by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness by Leah Vitello Diane Brackett has been my speech and language pathologist since my parents found out I was profoundly deaf when I was 2 years old. She helped spearhead the ... Read on »