Looking Back

The worst thing about moving home is having to de-clutter. It’s incredible how much we hoard paperwork and silly little mementos.

Whilst sorting through the debris of old work payslips (I’m talking about over 10 years old!) and various other documents, I came across all my paperwork relating to my many, many hospital appointments and assessments for a CI. I smiled, thinking about my journey and how far I have come in little over 2 years. Continue reading “Looking Back”

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Travel Advice For the Deaf/Hearing Impaired

As Spring finally seems to have sprung thoughts obviously turn to the warmer months and holidays abroad. For the deaf/hearing impaired this can bring a whole host of obstacles their way and hamper their ability to really relax and enjoy those cocktails on the beach. . Continue reading “Travel Advice For the Deaf/Hearing Impaired”

All You Need To Know About Cochlear Implants

Whether you are a prospective CI recipient, a current CI user, a family or friend of a CI user or simply just curious about technology and the marvels of medical science, I have put together a wide range list of links to information for you to read (with a few of my own posts peppered in there!). . Continue reading “All You Need To Know About Cochlear Implants”

Coping with Silence

It has been a while since I last updated this blog – simply because I don’t have anything new to talk about really, life has pretty much returned to normality since the implant for which I am truly grateful.

As you may already know I am currently volunteering with the fabulous charity Hearing Link UK and I was recently approached about being in contact with a lady whose mother has just had the CI operation, of course I agreed without hesitation. Continue reading “Coping with Silence”

Flying With My Robot Ear

Last week  brought a new first for me; the first time I have flown with my implant!!

I was a bit nervous about this, but was pleased that we had a short-haul flight before our rather hectic honeymoon travelling. I researched A LOT and found quite a fair bit of conflicting advice. Some sources stated that a CI user should not go through the metal detectors at the airport as there is risk of the processor being scrambled so you should opt for a full body pat down whereas some sources said it was absolutely fine to go through the detectors but that you may hear a buzzing noise and you will set off the detector. Continue reading “Flying With My Robot Ear”

Rehabilitation

As I write this I am currently poorly with the flu. People (i.e. doctors, audiologists and other CI users) don’t tell you how frustrating this is as a CI user, it is frustrating because I cannot blow my nose. Yes, that’s right, I cannot blow my nose!! This is because the action of blowing your nose puts pressure on your eardrum and can create a little vacuum and potentially cause the electrodes to shift position. When you have full blown flu this is not ideal! I think I managed one hour of sleep as I was so paranoid I might stop breathing while asleep. *sigh* Continue reading “Rehabilitation”

Choosing A Device.

I want to focus this post on choosing a device of your Cochlear Implant as I believe this is the hardest part of the whole process and one that will impact on you for the rest of your life. For those considering / in the process of getting an implant this post might be able to give you some helpful tips. Continue reading “Choosing A Device.”