Last Wednesday, I had the amazing opportunity to share my experience with cochlear implants with a Northeastern University graduate audiology class. One of my friends, Nicole Pendleton, had reached out to deaf CI-user friends on Facebook asking for volunteers willing to share their personal stories to a bunch of students studying to become audiologists. Jessica … More Sharing Experiences with NEU Audiology Students
****I recently did a personal narrative for one of my classes about my journey getting a second cochlear implant. I know I did an earlier blog about it, but this one is much less technical and to the point. It really tells the story from a more emotional perspective.**** Nonstop Pain: A Rapid Descent to … More Personal Narrative
One down, thirteen more to ago. The first week of spring semester was a whirlwind, and it feels like it was only yesterday that I was waking up for my very first 8am! I’m definitely not a morning person, so I was absolutely dreading having to get up so early. Yes, 8am is early. Don’t … More First Week of Spring Semester
Earlier in the school year, someone I had just met told me, “being deaf must suck”. I’ll admit I was initially taken aback by her comment because truthfully, no one had ever actually said that to my face before. Nonetheless, I quickly gathered my thoughts, and simply told her, “No, it actually doesn’t”-mostly out of … More The Perks of Being Deaf
When I first heard that Taylor Schilling would be starring in the off Broadway play, A Month in the Country, I thought, “Oh my god. I have to see it. It’s in New York City. Four hours away from me. And they’re playing shows during my winter break! Perfect.” I became a huge fan of … More The Beauty of Small Theaters: My Experience Seeing A Month in the Country
As my friend fills me in on the latest gossip, I carefully study the movement of her lips, grasping every word that comes out of her mouth. No, I do not want to kiss her, but I do lip read to understand what she and other people are saying. For as long as I can … More The Art of Lip-Reading
If I’m going to be very honest with you guys, I will admit that growing up, I was very naïve about my deafness. I always thought it was a temporary “thing” that would suddenly disappear when I head off to college. Whenever I thought about my future, I never thought about my deafness, or how … More Identity Crisis
Getting Implanted on the Left Ear and Re-Implanted on the Right In 2002, my left ear suddenly became a candidate for a Cochlear Implant. For many years, my left ear was useless, just complete silence in that ear. During an appointment at NYU Medical Center in New York City, my audiologist discovered that some measurable … More Will I Ever Hear Again?
Explaining the Terminology Often times, I will say something in reference to my deafness, like “oh, my batteries are dead” or “my processors are a pain in the ass when I try to put my hair up”. But, people will react with sheer confusion, just as you probably are as you read this. You might … More So, How Deaf Am I?