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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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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 »
95 Decibels Review: A Very Accurate Presentation of a Cochlear Implant Journey by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A couple years ago, a mom of a child with a cochlear implant set out a campaign on Kickstarter to raise money to produce a film about a family learning about their child’s d ... Read on »
Karina’s Story: My Cochlear Implant Never Took Away the Deaf Culture and Sign Language by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Jessica, my sister who is also a bilateral cochlear implant recipient, has been mainstreamed at a local public high school that just so happens to have a large program for d ... Read on »
2013 was a big year for the cochlear implant industry. What’s in store for 2014? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 2013 has been a big year for the cochlear implant industry as three major cochlear implant manufacturers released new sound processors.  The market share has been shaking up ... Read on »
How My Deafness Opened Up My Friend’s Life by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness After watching the end of Sound and Fury, who would ever guess that Heather Artinian would grow up to be a remarkable young woman who speaks so eloquently and hears with bil ... Read on »
Genetic Testing for Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When parents find out that their child has hearing loss, one of the first questions they ask is often, “Why?”   Some causes of hearing loss are easy to determine:  the child ... Read on »
Helping Extended Family Members Understand Hearing Loss by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Parents of children with hearing loss face the challenge of explaining their child’s deafness to extended family members all year long, but the holiday season, with its endl ... Read on »
News Round-Ups: Talk more with deaf children, disabling Meniere’s disease, and more… by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness An excellent article shares how parents can encourage early language development by focusing on talking with their children.  Research is showing that children perform bette ... Read on »
11 Reasons Why Cochlear Implants Make Your Life Awesome by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1. You can turn down the volume at loud concerts. 2. You can shut off your ears when your spouse or parents are yelling. 3. You have very fashionable ears. 4. You have a com ... Read on »
Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor Review: Listening in the Real World by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Written by Crystine Kim On November 20, 2013, just two days before my 21st birthday, I had an appointment at John Tracy Clinic to upgrade to the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processors. ... Read on »
Help for Holiday Hearing by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming!  Are you ready to hear your best in the whirl of party chatter, festive sounds, and seasonal noise?  Here are some tips to ... Read on »