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Brandy H, Cochlear Staff

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I am a Cochlear employee and have two children with bilateral Nucleus cochlear implants.  We have enjoyed 2 sound processor upgrades and are working on our 3rd!  

 

We have been through the newborn hearing - to - diagnosis - to - hearing aids - to - communication options - to - learning to listen and talk - to - cochlear implant - to - bilateral cochlear implants - to - mainstream education and now to Middle School.

 

If you have any questions about the cochlear implant procedure,  speech/language therapy, IEPs, sound processors or device choice---CALL ME OR MESSAGE ME!

 

904-254-9123

bharvey@cochlear.com

 

I'm here to help and you're not alone.

 

Cochlear offers hope and there are many of us to help. 

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Thank you to all who helped write letters, make phone calls and send emails to tell our governor to support budget line item 104 for oral deaf education in...
Your support is needed.  Currently there is no specific funding provided by the state of Florida for oral deaf education.  There are three programs...
excited for the day my daughters cochlear gets activated!!
 Enjoy the article: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/09/4324668/cochlear-americas-redefines-quality.html
 Enter to win a trip to Celebration on our Facebook page:http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/274183/entries/new  Learn about our...
  I love this heart warming story that reminds us that anything is...
    This is a petition to oppose the current UN- CRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), as it is...
  http://store.americangirl.com/agshop/static/dollHospital.jsp#popup=hearingaid 
  If you are thinking about getting a cochlear implant, Cochlear is hosting a webinar that will help explain the process and answer questions you...
Loving the sound of birds and crickets!
Celebration 2013 registration site is now up!  Join us for a fun and education filled weekend full of information, laughs and memories.  First,...
  I received this in an email and thought it was really pretty cool.  You just gotta love this dog.  Nothing to do with hearing loss,...
 Cochlear prides itself on recognizing spammers and has several "blockers" in place for prevention. However , given how quickly technology is...
 Monday, March 12, 2:00-:00 pm ET Guest Speakers:Ann Geers, Ph.D., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasHeather Hayes, Ph.D.,...
 The Colorado Oral Deaf Pre-School had a Pajama Day where students wore their pj's and learned about waking up, starting their day and having...
  This HOPE Words App features tips for cochlear implant users, parents and professionals on improving listening and spoken language.  The App...
  DATE:   Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 3:00 pm ETTOPIC:   Cell Phones: Not Just for Texting!PRESENTERS:   Donna L....
TOPIC:  Hearing Assistive Technology in the WorkplaceDATE:  Tuesday, February 16, 2012 TIME:  7:00 PM Eastern time (1-hour duration)Time...
 Enjoy this inspiring story! http://redraiders.com/sports-red-raiders-mens-basketball/2011-12-23/overcoming-obstacles-way-life-walk#.Tvx_CIl5mc1
We are Tebow fans, so of course we love the Broncos!  Watch how easy it is to put a Skin It on your Nucleus sound processor.6991var s404691 = new...
Happy Thanksgiving!
3 Years Ago
 Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thank you all for supporting others through your action on the Cochlear...
Emily won the district spelling bee!!!
 Click here for a tutorial to understand how to locate people, change your privacy settings and navigate around the Cochlear Community...
 My kids have always loved to "Bling" their sound processors.  It's not easy finding a way to bling a boy's processor without...
 Posts from a girl who never really had a Fall.  It's only snowing in the High Country, but sure looks beautiful with the golden Aspen trees!
 Submit a photo showing how you customize your Nucleus® 5 or Freedom™ Sound Processor. You could be one of the winners to win a free SkinIt...
 If you haven't logged into the Cochlear Store, you may not know about all the great things on there. You can:-review past orders-track...
Excited my sister, Fastfinal, joined the Community
 Saturday, June 11th was a beautiful day in Colorado where close to 100 people met at the park for food, fun and fellowship.  An awesome mom...
 My kids have Nucleus 24 cochlear implants from 2004.  However, they great part is they can have the latest technology in an upgraded processor,...
 Ever wonder about the first children that received the cochlear implant? This video reminds me of the importance and gravity of the decision...
 Click here to join the Challenge: http://bhsm.cochlearamericas.com/ When there, all you have to do is type in your name and a comment. ...
 Let's get as many family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors--- anyone to join the Million Ear Challenge! http://bhsm.cochlearamericas.com/
 May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  March is a great time to think ahead about what you will do to create awareness about hearing loss, as...
  Celebration Video ContestCochlear Celebration Facebook Video Contest Deadline:  December 31, 2010 Share your experience to enter to Win...
  Register for Cochlear™ Celebration: http://www.cochlearamericas.com/celebration/ Enter to win a FREE trip to Celebration by...
  Share your experience and you could Win a FREE Trip  to Cochlear Celebration. Submit your video today!  Who should enter?All...
 Are you considering a Baha implant?  If so, you need to talk to Chris.He is our Baha Awareness Manager and is willing to share his story with you,...
 You just never know who might show up at Celebration!  This was a wonderful surprise meeting Miss America in 2005.  For more info on...
My children went to the Clarke School for Hearing & Speech in Jacksonville, Florida.  There, they learned to listen and talk and are now...
 Check out this website that has a library of captioned media:http://www.dcmp.org/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 Do let me know if you...
 A few weeks ago we drove South to the Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloon Festival.  It was so cool seeing them blow up and light up all the balloons...
  Read more on Parri Tantillo's Blog: http://www.cochlearcommunity.com/Parri/weblog/7184.html
 If you have a Freedom implant, learn how to upgrade to the Nucleus 5 processor: ...
 Thursday, September 23, 3:00 pm ET  Bilingual Spoken Language Development for Children Whose Home Language is Not English: Assessment and...
 We just moved to Colorado and decided to drive up to Winter Park to see the Alpine Slide.  While there, a young college student walked by with two...
 Both my children have bilateral Nucleus cochlear implants.  Both are treasures that remind me daily about how amazing this technology is and why I...
Cochlear is named Hero  Above is a 3 minute audio recording of how Cochlear was featured on the Rider & Kelly Morning Show (98.5 FM KYGO) in...
 Read this great story about how Cochlear goes above & beyond! http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=145617
  Would you like to view some realy cool videos about cochlear implants?  There are some inspirational and educational videos with specific...
 I have accepted a position in the Cochlear Americas Headquarters home office in Colorado.  My family and I have packed everything we own and are...
 HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) has developed educational videos to explain how we hear, hearing loss and treatments for those looking for...
 Looking for assistance with your Nucleus 5 processor or Remote Assistance?   Check out this on-line...
 May is Better Hearing & Speech Month & one of our Awareness Manager's, Ally sisler- Dindiwiddie, has a decal project that you can be...
 Cathy Marconi and Melanie Brand, both Nucleus cochlear implant recipients, were invaluable at our last Connect with Your Community Workshop in New York...
 Last week I traveled with Parri Tantillo, Awareness Manager for the Northeast Region here at Cochlear.  We were on our way to a meeting, walking...
 May is National Better Hearing & Speech Month.  What will you do to educate others about hearing loss and possible resources for them to learn...
 Cochlear's HOPE program has created Tips for Listening to Music.  Just like cochlear implant recipients "learn to listen" for...
 Cochlear Celebration will be held from February 17-20, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  This is President's Day weekend in the U.S. and we hope to...
 One of our Nucleus Recipients and HLAA Chapter President, Judy Martin, is trying to get a photo of other recipients at the National Convention in...
 Hello all, Looking for Baha info?  Don't miss the live webinar at 5pm MT.Click on the link to...
 I just had the pleasure of attending two workshops in Michigan (Troy & Grand Rapids) with my colleague, Linda Hess.  We had the pleasure from...
 Cochlear Americas is proud to be a National Sponsor for HLAA's Walk4Hearing.  Our President, Chris Smith, is the business chair for the...
 Clarke Northampton is hosting a Family Weekend Program, July 23-25. It’s an opportunity to meet other families of children with hearing loss,...
 The Hearing Hero Contest Winner, Rachel Chaikof, has another blog in which she sites companies that do more than sell products, they also help the...
 Last week I was at our home office in Denver, Colorado and woke up to a surprising snowy day on Friday, March 20th, the day before it is...
Hello Friends of Hearing Loss Assoc of America, The Hearing Loss Association of America is proud to present live Webinars (previously called Webchats)...
  The recording of the Cochlear Nucleus 5 Upgrade Webinar with Chris Smith and Jace Wolfe, Hearts for Hearing, is now available! If you were unable...
 Goals and Activities for Improving Teenagers' Listening and Spoken Language Skills (Professionals)Presenter:  MaryKay Therres, M.S., CCC-SLP,...
 Correction on the time! Join Cochlear America’s President Chris Smith and Jace Wolfe, PhD, CCC-A, Director of Audiology, Hearts for Hearing,...
 While on vacation last week, both my bilateral Nucleus children exited the Tower of Terror ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios park when they were...
  Here is the link to learn more about the date & time: http://www.cochlearcommunity.com/services/feb_webinar.php  Info about...
 Click on the link to see the photo gallery of  a bilateral toddler Nucleus recipient and read the article about the bionics, "Merging Man and...
 Click on this link & scroll to the bottom of the webpage.  There you will find great info that literally walks you thru all that the BP100...
 Click here to learn: http://products.cochlearamericas.com/cochlear-implants/cochlear-nucleus-system-advantage  
 Cochlear has created an on-line tool for you new Nucleus 5 users to be able to navigate through your Remote Assistant.  Here you will be able...
 Follow this link to Hallmark.com & listen to the 12 Sounds of Christmas.  You will need to roll your mouse over the bulbs in the e-card. ...
 The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans held their annual Celebration last week for all their cochlear implant recipients.  There were "seasoned...
 The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans held their annual Celebration last week for all their cochlear implant recipients.  There were "seasoned...
 Don't miss this incredible story that aired on the Today Show: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/34377632#34377632
 I will be attending this workshop with my family & think it's a great opportunity to meet some of you Jacksonville Community Members that I...
 One of our very active Cochlear volunteers, Tina, is highlighted in this video with her son, Karsen (a bilateral Nucleus Freedom recipient) and her...
Thanksgiving Humor
5 Years Ago
 Although the holiday is full of prayers and thoughts of Thanksgiving, we could all use a little laugh sometimes.  
  This time of year is when I reflectOf the days in our lives that were not so perfect  When our children couldn’t hear the sound...
  We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ...
The Awareness Managers had a meeting this week in Chicago and tonight, my colleagues, Rene', Mark and I went to dinner to discuss our next day's...
Check out the easy to navigate new look of the Cochlear Americas website.  You can click on this...
Cochlear has a Facebook page and we would love for you to be a "fan"! Direct...
To read the article, click here: http://cbs4denver.com/health/cochlear.hearing.surgery.2.1189043.html  To see the video, click...
The CR110 is the industry's first 2 way remote control.   What can you do with it? -Activate telecoil (if you prefer not to use the...
Join Cochlear America’s President Chris Smith as he introduces the Nucleus 5 System--the only cochlear implant system that offers the smallest most...
What is this new AutoPhone Feature? -Industry's first and only automatic phone detection through auto telecoil  What is the...
Do you have a specific question about the NEW Nucleus 5 Cochlear Implant System?  Visit our Cochlear Message Board and post your question there. ...
I know a secret.
When my daughter was first activated with her CI when she was almost 4, we left the center in our van.  She said, "w at?" (meaning What's...
This song really SCREAMS the purpose of the Cochlear Community Website.  Take 3:22 of your life and understand how we want to "Send It On" to...
If you want to learn more about cochlear implants, you can listen or request a transcript of a recent webcast entitled "Cochlear Implants....Hope after...
Most all private insurance companies cover the cost of the cochlear implant (Baha implant too) and the surgery, depending on the insurance company. ...
Read more: http://hlaa.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=6361.0&dlv_id=13901 There are MANY insurance companies that have made bilateral...
http://harveyshear.blogspot.com/ I just posted photos, videos and some fun from the Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention.   Check it out!
My son, Dylan entered a raffle at school and won a free surf lesson with his teacher.  My daughter, Megan, had the same teacher last year, so last...
Piano Recital
5 Years Ago
Check out my daughter, Megan, playing "Puff the Magic Dragon" in this video of her latest piano recital.  Megan has bilateral cochlear...
I just created a new group called Cochlear Moms because it can be found on the Cochlear Community.  However, please read this info about the...
Privacy Setting Tip
6 Years Ago
I have my privacy setting set to "open" which allows anyone to send a message to me or post back to me on my blog.  This is my personal choice...
On May 14th, Clarke Jacksonville Auditory/Oral School held the "Celebraton of Sound" breakfast to create awareness about hearing loss, cochlear...
Looking to make a diffference this month? I will be giving a 5 minute advocacy speech at the Clarke Jacksonville Celebration of Sound breakfast this...
View photos of Celebration on this web link: http://floridateamharvey.shutterfly.com/
Here is a weblink for you to see of my daughter, Megan talking on camera at the Cochlear Celebration in California.  I did not learn about this video...
We have a Baha group on this website that currently has 76 members.  If you have a Baha implant, your child has a Baha implant or you are just looking...
Celebration
6 Years Ago
Hi All!  I just returned from a whirl wind vacation.  It started in Anaheim, California (I was not on vacation, but working) at the Cochlear...
Celebration
6 Years Ago
I am so excited for Celebration I could burst!  I hope to see you all there & if not, watch my posts.  I want to share some of the highlights from my...
If you are an adult who is impacted by hearing loss and you can no longer function as you used to, you are on this website looking for some support,...
Have you let your children play the Kaci Games that are here on the Community in the services section??  Better yet, have you tried to play the games? ...
Have you heard of the "Connect with Your Community" workshops that we have been holding in cities all over the United States?  Well, let me tell...
Did you know that the Cochlear Awareness Network has written values that are so important to us?  I thought I would share because when you receive a...
On February 23rd, I uploaded Dylan's basketball game of him scoring 2 points in under a minute.  So far, I have had many messages sent to me about it &...
A Day in the Life
6 Years Ago
I just left Boston where it was 31 degrees and flew to Miami where it is warm, breezy and oh so nice!  Many people ask about the Awareness Manager position,...
So, you've been wondering how a child with cochlear implants performs during sports? Here is our son, Dylan, age 6, playing his first season of...
Last week I had the pleasure of talking with a group of our Nucleus cochlear implant recipients while I was visiting Hartford, Connecticut.  While there,...
The Altanta trip was fabulous as Scott Rinehart & I were able to connect with Georgia Peach members & learn about their exciting retreat this summer....
I just updated my profile, so read it if you haven't.  I made it a little more interesting so people knew what I wanted to offer. Today I will connect with...
Happy New Year!
6 Years Ago
I recently heard this from someone and thought it was worth sharing. Our life is like a car.  We are in the driver's seat and have the control to go in any...
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