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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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Images of Cochlear’s New Aqua+ and Advanced Bionics’ New Aqua Case (Aqua Accessory) by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness At Euro-CIU, a big cochlear implant conference in Budapest, Hungary, Cochlear presented their new Aqua+, a new version of Aqua Accessory and Advanced Bionics presented their ... Read on »
Turned Down by Insurance? How to Write a Strong Appeal for Cochlear Implants by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We’ve written quite a bit about how to appeal to your insurance for a cochlear implant -upgrade- new processor, but what if the insurance company turns you down before you e ... Read on »
*EDIT* – *This was an April Fools Day post* An Unborn Deaf Child Receives a Cochlear Implant... by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Check out this very exciting article about a deaf baby being able to hear before he is born. LOS ANGELES, California (AP) – Expecting parents find out that their unborn chil ... Read on »
News Round-Ups: Cochlear Implant Hybrid, Today Show, Nucleus 6 for N24 Recipients, and more… by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cochlear’s Nucleus 6 Sound Processor is now available for upgrade to Nucleus 24 recipients.  Cochlear’s website has all the info about upgrading to the Nucleus 6 Sound Proce ... Read on »
Why Does a Baby Need “Speech” Therapy? The Importance of Early Intervention by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Even hearing babies don’t talk at this age.  Why does a child with hearing loss need “speech”?   I hear this from strangers, parents, grandparents, doctors, and state early ... Read on »
7,000 Fans Contest WINNER by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Congratulations to Anna Ikegami, who won a free cochlear implant awareness t-shirt by entering our contest in honor of the CIO Facebook page reaching a whopping 7,000 fans! ... Read on »
Listening Environments: Greenhouse vs. Garden by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Imagine a sapling in a tiny greenhouse. The greenhouse is a small, protective place for new plants.  The elements are controlled, the four walls all around block out the noi ... Read on »
Erber’s Hierarchy: The Listening Ladder by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness How do we take a new listener from hearing beeps at their cochlear implant activation to enjoying the whole wide world of sound? Well, if you remember how to eat an elephant ... Read on »
Happy International Cochlear Implant Day! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Celebrate Cochlear Implant International Day today by spreading awareness about the incredible technology that has given more than 250,000 people around the world access to ... Read on »
More information on Cochlear’s New Aqua Accessory, Aqua+ by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cochlear announced on their website several weeks ago that they are releasing a new Aqua Accessory known as Aqua+ that is designed much better than the first Aqua Accessory. ... Read on »
GIVEAWAY: We’ve Reached 7,000 Facebook Fans! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hooray!  The Cochlear Implant Online Facebook page has reached 7,000 fans!  Rachel and Elizabeth are so grateful for all of you who have helped us to build a community of in ... Read on »
Relationship Advice: FOR People with Hearing Loss, BY People with Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As part of our survey on Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss, we asked respondents to share any comments they had about survey questions, as well as any genera ... Read on »
Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss: FULL SURVEY RESULTS by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey on Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss.  The wait is over!  Though we published an infographic featuring s ... Read on »
Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implants and Love by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are proud to present our feature on Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implants, and Love! You’ll find the stories of nine couples, most of whom are coch ... Read on »
Random Acts of Kindness Week by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This week, February 10-16, 2014, is Random Acts of Kindness Week.  During this week, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation  encourages people around the world to, “[A]ttemp ... Read on »
News Round-Ups: New Aqua Accessories, Marion Downs turned 100, Obamacare, and more… by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Competition is getting more intense as Advanced Bionics announced on their website that they will be releasing an Aqua Accessory for Naida CI Q70 and Cochlear also announced ... Read on »
Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Dating, relationships, and marriage are a huge part of life.  Our survey seeks information on how much (or how little) hearing loss affects peoples’ dating lives and relatio ... Read on »
8 Ways to Build a Great Parent-Therapist Relationship by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Some relationships in life we get to choose, but others are chosen for us.  When parents discover that their child has a hearing loss and select a communication outcome for ... Read on »
Get on the Brain Train by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Whenever people ask me what I do, I tell them that I help families of children with hearing loss teach their children to listen and speak without the use of sign language.   ... Read on »
What can deafness teach me? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Written by Crystine Kim There are many things that we will always learn in our everyday life. But for me, my deafness has taught me many things while I was growing up.  I ca ... Read on »