Darlene Mac Posted October 1, 2021 Report Share Posted October 1, 2021 Hi all, I've had my CI since July 2012, and it has changed my life! I was born with normal hearing, but lost 70% of the hearing in my left ear due to childhood mumps. I started wearing one hearing aid in the left at the age of 15, and it was a great improvement. My hearing continued to decline in adulthood, and I started wearing 2 BTE aids in my early 30's. They were the 'new' digital aids, and at the time, they made a huge difference. By age 48, even hearing aids couldn't really help my left ear, and my audiologist suggested a cochlear implant. The whole process took about a year, with many appointments and assessments, but finally in July I had my surgery. I was scared and excited at the same time. Activation day, in August, was unbelievable! Even though speech was muffled, my hearing felt balanced for the first time in years. I worked very hard with rehab, listening to everything and doing practice exercises for hours, relying on my cochlear implant, not my hearing aid. It was an incredible experience...remembering and recognizing bird song, the sound of the ocean, music, and most important, conversation. I simply cannot explain the positive impact my CI has had on my life and my family's life. My Cochlear Implant is my miracle! Kylie 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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