As you all can see, I'm doing really good! My only problem at this point is understanding speech with background sound. My audiologist is working with my insurance company to get pre-approval for me to have some "desensitization therapy" to assist me in maximizing my skills in the presence of noise. Wish me luck, folks!
Update 6/02 - I am doing much better in noisy situations now, without having needed any rehab! YAY! Also, I am now using the Nucleus 22 and the Clarion CII together, so I am bilaterally bionic! The Clarion continues to be my implant of choice, the Nucleus has some problems, but when I wear the 2 together, I hear "surround sound", and it's a great feeling, it is more like normal hearing! I'm now hoping to get a behind-the-ear model for the Nucleus, so that I don't have to wear the body processor any more. Then I'll have behind-the-ear models on both sides, as I have one for the Clarion and that is what I use exclusively now! All is well in my CI world!
UPDATE 10/02: The Nucleus 22 idea didn't work out...so I returned the N22 BTE to my audie, and will be focusing 100% on my Clarion CII. Unfortunately, the N22 still sounds like high pitched cartoon characters, and it takes from my optimal hearing, rather than contributing to it. Oh well, I had to try it!
UPDATE 12/02: My ultimate goal of returning to my former career of social work is about to come true! I have been hired as a caseworker for adult services/long term care, and will be starting my new job on January 6th! I thank my wonderful Clarion CII cochlear implant for this opportunity!!!
UPDATE 6/03: I have just passed my probationary period as a caseworker, and am permanent. I have done it! I am thankful to God, to Advanced Bionics, and to my wonderful CI center....University Hospital in Syracuse, NY (Dr. Woods and Debbie Lightfoot)...for giving me back my hearing so that I could again do the work I love to do!
UPDATE 8/06: On September 28, 2005, my Nucleus 22 was removed and I was reimplanted with the Nucleus Freedom. Apparently my right ear has physiology problems (not sure what), since I still don't hear all that good in that ear, even with the new implant. However, I love being bilateral, and I do wear both implants. My overall hearing has improved due to being able to hear on both sides!! The Nuke Freedom has all kinds of nifty features, and I like it a lot!!!
UPDATE 8/06: My husband Richard and I are cruise agents, and we specialize in setting up the perfect cruise for you at the lowest possible price. If you need accomodations for hearing loss, just let us know and we'll arrange that for you, if it's at all possible! Here is our website, check it out, and email us!!
Below are links to pages that might be helpful to hard of hearing people and their
families and friends. My focuses are on late deafness, aural rehabilition (as compared
to learning sign), assistive technology for the hearing impaired, and cochlear implants.
~My Favorite Links~
Cochlear Implant Links
Cochlear Implant Information and Resources
Cochlear Corporation's USA homepage...
Cochlear Corporation's Australian Homepage..lots here!!
Advanced Bionics' Website (another cochlear implant company, and a good one!!)
Med El's Website (another good cochlear implant company!)
CI Brand Comparisons
Cochlear Implant Association Inc. (support group for CI users)
Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants
All Hear, Inc.
Microbattery.com offers 8 brands of hearing aid batteries and cochlear implant batteries. Trial Test Packs are available to help you determine the best hearing aid battery for your hearing device. Microbattery.com also offers same day shipping and 6 free batteries when you participate in their new hearing aid battery survey.
Other Hard of Hearing Links
New EEOC Publication Addresses Employment Rights of People With Hearing Loss
Hard of Hearing Advocates (Warren Hanna)
The Hearing Loss Help Company
ALDA - Association for Late Deafened Adults
SHHH - Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Lloyd Hearing Aid Corp (a way to buy hearing aids at a reasonable price!)
Hearing Exchange - Exchanging Ideas and Information on Hearing Loss
Listen Up Web - Specializing in Info for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ed's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Page
Say What Club (a WONDERFUL support group for all deaf/hoh!)
Homepages of my Cochlear Implant friends
Cochlear Implant Central
Cawamn's Homepage (and Cochlear Implant story)
Hear Again - Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant (Arlene Romoff)
Laney Jane's Cochlear Implant Story
Marilyn's Watercolors (and info re her Cochlear Implant)
Cochlear Implant Personal Stories
Advanced Bionic User Stories
Sue's Cochlear Implant Page
Gail's Cochlear Implant Page
Mary Beth's Cochlear Implant Story
Ryan Duchoeny's Cochlear Implant Story
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