Deaf Chick Hears for the First Time in Years! Cochlear Implant Activation Day

Hey, y’all-

After decades of gradually declining hearing—including years when my audiologists declared my ears “dead” and urged me to consider a cochlear implant—I woke up one morning during a particularly stressful period to discover that the little bit of hearing in my slightly better (right) ear, on which I depended for any sound cues at all (with the help of the most powerful hearing aid available), had packed up in the night and fled the planet.

I made do for a couple of years more until living in silence destroyed my life, my ability to communicate and to listen to music, and the shreds of confidence I had left. In late 2018, a glorious surgeon (Dr. Yates) implanted a magnet in my skull (for the processor’s external attachment) and threaded 28 minuscule electrodes into my cochlea. A couple of weeks later, one of my darling audiologists, Wendy, turned that sucker on! Watch it happen right here…

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