11 Myths and Facts About Cochlear Implants

My last post ‘6 Myths and Facts About Hearing Loss’ garnered a lot of interest from individuals with and without hearing loss. A lot of people were unaware of many of the facts uncovered and so I thought I would follow this up with a post on the common myths and facts about Cochlear Implants. Continue reading “11 Myths and Facts About Cochlear Implants”

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”

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”

A Partners View

So a lot of my blog posts have been from my perspective; how I feel about the hearing loss, how I have coped and what I have found helpful so I thought it would be nice to focus this post on how my partner has found the whole experience of being with a hearing impaired person and what advice he would offer to other couples in the same position as us.. Continue reading “A Partners View”

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”

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.”

The Big Switch On!

So January 14th 2015 is the day I tentatively rejoined the hearing world thanks to medical science.

I had deliberately kept my expectations of the implant low as advised by the audiologists to save any initial disappointment. The switch on is apparently the worst part of the whole process as some people are left disheartened by what little they can hear and the quality of sound – remember this is not natural hearing, it is electrical! Continue reading “The Big Switch On!”