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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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New Round-Ups by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Help parents of newly diagnosed deaf children in Florida ensure they receive access to educational resources about early intervention programs and information about all comm ... Read on »
A New Bluetooth Headset! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Have you, cochlear implant recipients, been looking for a perfect solution to hear music through your iPod without any wires or talk handsfree on your cellphone? Cochlear Im ... Read on »
When will Nucleus 22 Recipients Receive a Sound Processor Upgrade from Cochlear? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As many Nucleus 22 cochlear implant recipients frequently ask, “When will Nucleus 22 recipients get the Nucleus 5 upgrade?”  Cochlear Americas just released a statement on t ... Read on »
Jasmine: Racing Against the Odds by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Jasmine is a young adult cochlear implant recipient who was born profoundly deaf due to Usher Syndrome.  She is currently training in track and field to participate in the D ... Read on »
Lots of New Sound Processors Are Coming This Year. Should We Wait? by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness All three cochlear implant manufacturers are rolling out new sound processors very soon.  MED-EL has already received an FDA approval in the US for RONDO last fall, which wi ... Read on »
WEDNESDAY WORDS: Health Literacy by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness You probably know that “literacy” refers to the ability to understand language through reading and writing.  Health literacy is the ability to understand information about h ... Read on »
News Round-Ups by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Are you a parent of a child with cochlear implants? Apply to participate in a study by Advanced Bionics about pediatric cochlear implantation. If you are accepted and comple ... Read on »
Access to Cochlear Implantation is Very Low by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness An article on access to cochlear implantation in select countries has been recently published.   While the statistics consistently show that only 5% of all people, both adul ... Read on »
A Misconception About Communicating with Deaf Individuals by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness “The solution for “Switched at Birth” was to make sure every scene included a deaf character: ‘The truth is, when you’re around people who are deaf, it’s considered rude not ... Read on »
March 3: Webinar: Christine Evans by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Cochlear Implant Online and Lehnhardt-Akademie would like to invite parents and recipients to join our next external global expert in the cycle of LIVE webinars on Sunday, M ... Read on »
Concerns about Switched at Birth Presenting an All-ASL Episode by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness While I haven’t written any commentaries about Switched At Birth’s episodes since the end of the first section of season one, I still have been hooked to the show.  Aside fr ... Read on »
Therapy Thursday: Think Outside the Box by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Who says that therapy has to happen at a table, or even within the walls of a therapy room?  Break from the routine and give children (and parents, and therapists!) a much n ... Read on »
WEDNESDAY WORDS: Gain by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Gain is the amount of intensity (loudness) a hearing aid (or other amplifying device, like a loudspeaker or microphone) adds to the incoming sound signal.  If a person’s hea ... Read on »
Looking for Musicians with Cochlear Implants to Serve on an Online Panel by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness by Wendy Cheng The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss is an unique community comprised of adult musicians with hearing loss, music educators and individuals in ... Read on »
News Round-Ups: Event hosted by MED-EL, Promotion from Advanced Bionics, and New Research Study by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Do you struggle to understand speech? Learn how assistive listening devices can help you by attending an event hosted by MED-EL.  Click here to learn more about Hands on Hea ... Read on »
WEDNESDAY WORDS: FAPE by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This Wednesday’s word isn’t really a word, it’s an acronym.  FAPE means Free and Appropriate Public Education.  Under United States law, students with disabilities ages thre ... Read on »
New Research: Cochlear implants = Greater and Longer Quality-of-Life Improvements by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A new research study about the long-term societal benefits of early implantation was just published in EAR and HEARING: The Official Journal of the American Auditory Society ... Read on »
Cochlear Celebration! by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I will be tweeting LIVE from @CochlearUS and posting updates on Cochlear’s Facebook page all throughout the Celebration. Whether you are attending or not, I would encourage ... Read on »
News Round-Ups by Rachel C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Advanced Bionics released a new electrode array called Hi-Focus Mid-Scala.  Click here to download a PDF file to learn more about the electrode array. Cochlear is facing cha ... Read on »