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Sarah C. Patient Expert

 Cambridge, United Kingdom
I've been deaf since the age of 4 and it has progressively got worse since then and I'm now severely to profoundly deaf in both ears. I have started this blog so you can see me going through the process of having a cochlear implant.
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Trialling a Neptune by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness                                              Advanced Bionics have given me a Neptune to trial (Thanks AB!). This is the world's first fully immersible, waterproo ... Read on »
Advanced Bionics BEA International Mentors Meeting in Staefa, Switzerland, September 2012 by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness For quite a few years now, I've been a member of the UK Bionic Ear Association for Advanced Bionics (my CI company) and in September 2012 I was lucky enough to be one of two ... Read on »
A lot has changed in the last year... by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Since getting High Res Fidelity 120 last year, I have experienced a lot of CI "firsts" - too many to note in one blog so I'm going to list them as bullet points and then wor ... Read on »
9 days to go till the 4th anniversary of my AB CI activation by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I had my annual programming yesterday and usually, programmings/mappings are very uneventful and I'm in and out of the soundproof room within the hour.. Not yesterday! Yes ... Read on »
2 years and 2 months afterwards... by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness and I love my Cochlear Implant more than ever before.. There's a few reasons for this, which I'll go into now... 1. I can watch "I'm a Celebrity Get me out of Here" witho ... Read on »
A year and 4/5 months later.. by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness and I still love my cochlear implant! I'm loving the fact that life is easier these days, I don't have to rely 100% on my eyes to lip-read people, it's more like 50%.. At th ... Read on »
Approaching the ONE YEAR mark!! by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Wow doesn't time fly when you're having fun?? On the 29th September it'll be my one year anniversary of having my C.I activated.. I'm so glad I've kept this blog going because ... Read on »
Just over 7 months.. by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Sorry guys! Every time I have sat down at the computer I forgot to update this because I have so much to say that I have been waiting for a bank holiday! What a lovely three d ... Read on »
The day I told everyone I work with by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 2nd July 2008: Today was the Family Support Group at Mayfield where I was working as a Deaf Support Worker which is my full time job. Only the day after I told everyone that ... Read on »
The day I signed my life away by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1st July 2008: I was offered a cochlear implant today! I wasn’t expecting the surgeon Mr Axon to be so direct and so I was totally blown away when I heard “we’d like to off ... Read on »
Thursday 21st August - Operation Day! by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As expected, I didn't sleep very well last night and was so glad when at 6am my alarm went off because I could finally get out of bed and get on with things! I didn't feel t ... Read on »
The night before... by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness There's an hour and a half to go before I'm not allowed to eat anything until after my operation. I plan to go and drink a gallon of orange juice or something sweet and I'll ... Read on »
Two weeks to go.. by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This time in two weeks I'll be sleeping off the anaesthetic in my own room in hospital.. The thought of that does not make me want to run for the hills like it did the day I ... Read on »
My first panic about everything by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 27th July 2008: I had to fill out a health questionnaire sent to me by Nuffield Hospital (I’m having my operation there) and this opened the floodgates of fear and worry. I ... Read on »
Final appointment at Emmeline Centre by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 10th July 2008: I had my final appointment today to fill out a questionnaire based on my current hearing levels and what I expect from having a cochlear implant. Then they d ... Read on »
Deciding which bionic ear I wanted by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 4th July 2008: I had another appointment at the Emmeline Centre to choose which device I would like to have implanted. I had already decided that I liked Advanced Bionics be ... Read on »
Friday 22nd - Home after the op by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness At home resting on my parent's couch - feeling dizzy and sick and my hair's a mess but I'm home. Read on »
29th September 2008 - switch on day! by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Yesterday I got switched on. The whole process was very nerve wracking and emotional - here's why. My appointment was at 10am and first I had to find the lowest sounds that ... Read on »
The period in between op and switch on... by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I can't believe it's been almost a month since I wrote a new post. I've been going through an intense experience since then. I had a check up with Mr Gray on the 9th Septemb ... Read on »
8 Days Later... by Sarah C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness And I'm almost back to normal! The dizziness slowly improved and I am now able to respond to the sound of my name at normal speed as opposed to turning my head very very slo ... Read on »