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Wendi Patient Expert

Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
Although my hearing loss doesn't define me, it has definitely affected me!  I grew up with a bilateral hearing loss that was discovered when I was 4 years old.  I wore a hearing aid and was mainstreamed in school.  It's never been determined what caused my hearing loss, but I... Full Bio
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Although my hearing loss doesn't define me, it has definitely affected me!  I grew up with a bilateral hearing loss that was discovered when I was 4 years old.  I wore a hearing aid and was mainstreamed in school.  It's never been determined what caused my hearing loss, but I suspect it's genetic.

In 1993, I lost all the remaining hearing in my right ear (for unknown reasons).  I switched to wireless bi-CROS hearing aids and all was well.  My left ear had a moderate-to-severe hearing loss while there was a profound loss in my right ear.

In April 2008, I suddenly lost the rest of my hearing in my left ear.  This left me completely deaf, with profound losses in both ears.  I couldn't even hear myself speak.

That loss prompted me to start my blog, Sudden Silence, and to document my journey as I went from someone who functioned fully in the hearing world to an adult who was suddenly deaf and did not know sign language.

I explored cochlear implants and decided they were the right choice for me.  In July 2008 I underwent surgery for simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants.  My activation date was August 20, 2008.

I can say without hesitation that my cochlear implants are miracles for me.  Although I'm still deaf, when I wear my processors I can hear better than I did with hearing aids!