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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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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 »
hEARoes: Listening and Spoken Language Specialists Who Help Families Soar by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Jessica Gosselin MEd LSLS Cert. AVT, John Tracy Clinic Jessica is the absolute best AVT we have ever had. She guided us for the first two years of our daughter’s life. Hel ... Read on »
hEARoes: Super Speech Language Pathologists by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Clarisa Denham, Argentina Clarisa Denham is our speech-language pathologist and is [who] is teaching me to guide my son through this journey. – Maria Jose E.   Aziza Hydar ... Read on »
Aqua+ Review by an Avid Swimmer by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Morgan Dordal, a Nucleus cochlear implant recipient who lost most of hearing from bacterial meningitis at age 3 years and grew up with hearing aids, has been an active swimm ... Read on »
hEARoes: Awesome Audiologists by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Kristin Musser AuD FAAA CCC-A, University of Minnesota Amplatz Childrens Hospital, Minneapolis, MN Because we always have the most fun at our appointments! We are always o ... Read on »
hEARoes: Surgeons Who Change Lives by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Dr. Ernesto A. Diaz-Ordaz, Buffalo ENT Specialists, Buffalo, NY Dr Diaz-Ordaz gave me back my hearing which help me to hear music againHe gave me back my life my peace my ... Read on »
hEARoes: Teachers Who Make a Difference by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness   Frances Cecconello, Vic Department of Education, Australia Frances has been my son’s teacher of the deaf since prep. He attends a non united school and is getting high gra ... Read on »
Too Much Is Never Enough: How Much Therapy Do You Need? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I field the calls from panicked new parents all the time: “We need therapy every day of the week!”  Parents of older children who are still struggling ask, “Would adding ano ... Read on »
Who’s Your hEARo? Nominate Today! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month 2014, we want to honor the professionals who make a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss.  We want to celebrate th ... Read on »
BIG NEWS: CIO Now Offers Therapy Services! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Have you ever read a post on Cochlear Implant Online and thought, “Wow!  I wish I could have a therapist like that to work with my child!”? Well, now you can!  We often rece ... Read on »
Helping Classmates Understand Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In the past month, I’ve had some incredible opportunities to spend time with a group of children I don’t often see — children with typical hearing — teaching them about hear ... Read on »
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 »