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Val B. Patient Expert

ANYTOWN, Alabama
I love to write. I am a big fan of blogs about hearing loss especially hearing loss in children. Both of my kids are deaf and wear cochlear implants.
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87 by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Gman had an appointment today to check his height and weight because some of his medication suppresses his appetite. Well, at age 13.5 exactly....he's finally broke the ... Read on »
A Blakely Update by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Not a lot of posting from the Cochlear Kids as of late but we are in full swing here in Alabama public school. Gage has started the 8th grade and is doing well so far. They ... Read on »
Her "New Ears" Audiogram by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Her last audiogram in 2013 w/her Freedoms ...and you can see her Speech Reception was at 20 db...meaning she can hear speech softer than that looking at the chart but ... Read on »
New Ears Update by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness After a full ten week wait, we finally received B's new ears! She was so excited to go get them turned on a couple of weeks ago. She loves the fact that she can now chan ... Read on »
Week 10 by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We have begun week 10 of the "it should take about 8-10 weeks for the whole process". Looks like our "process" is taking longer. However, I did get a letter from our insuran ... Read on »
Waiting to Hear... by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness ...and the latest response from SunMed is..."Mrs. Blakely, I will contact you as soon as I hear from the insurance company." Here is what I would send if I we are still wait ... Read on »
She's Not Been Approved by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We've waited (almost) a month now since we had our fundraiser, since we sent in our initial paperwork, and finally we have a response...she has not been approved (YET). ... Read on »
Thank You by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As we begin to fill out our thank you cards, I realize I didn't buy enough. There is no way for me to personally thank everyone because there were so many people who ... Read on »
Awaiting the Call by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I am now just awaiting the call back from SunMed (I had not contacted them prior to this weekend's email) to see if we have enough to proceed with Beez replacement processor ... Read on »
Prepping for an upgrade by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We are now prepping in high gear for Brook's upgrade to the N6 Cochlear implant processors. I suppose being out of the loop, not reading blogs like I used to, not reading th ... Read on »
The Latest on Goldenhar Boy by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness So we spent most of yesterday at his annual appointment that usually takes six hours (but we got lucky and were done in 4). This is where a social worker, nutritionist a ... Read on »
Study Day by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness  Back at the first of the year, as my Dermatologist removed the cancerous tumor on my foot, we discussed my children. She was very interested in the oldest child's Gol ... Read on »
Where are The Blakelys? by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I can't believe I haven't updated this blog since June! Such a slacking blogger! The Blakelys are still doing well, thank the good Lord! We have been very prosperous in our ... Read on »
The Beach by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We are back from the beach! The kids had fun, I had fun, the rest of the family had fun... My big mistake? Putting sunscreen on the kids while they were wearing their c ... Read on »
Almost High School by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I've made it through IEPs for next year without tears. I begged and pleaded with the faculty to fail my sixth grader so he doesn't have to go over to that high school buildi ... Read on »
Goldenhar Boy by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness So I was lying on the O.R. table (it was actually more like a doctor's office-I had no anesthesia) trying to think of anything to say to drown out that LOUD snipping as the ... Read on »
Swimming with Cochlear by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We were invited, along with a few other families, to try out the waterproof swim gear coming out soon from Cochlear. You really can't see the bags from this photo b ... Read on »
Not so Good by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Well, we thought we were doing great.....however, after MAPping both children today, we popped them into the booth and obviously from the chart, they hear great with their c ... Read on »
Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction by Val B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I finally got around to reading the final reports sent from UAB from that study my kids participated in for kids with hearing loss to test their vestibular (balance) system. ... Read on »