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I'm Ellen and was diagnosed with otosclerosis at 26 years old. Now at 55, I'm excited I received the Nucleus 5 as my first implant. My loss has been gradual in both ears and although aides have kept me wonderfully attached to the world I've slowly lost the ability to enjoy many things.

 

I'm incredibly anxious to enjoy understanding my 3 young grandchildren talk with me, to hear the birds and nature when my husband and I walk our dogs and hike, sing in the church choir, and converse more easily on the phone with family and friends. This new device will re-open my work world as well, to comfortably engaging in conference and phone calls, business meetings and I can regain my confidence that I once had in business settings.

 

I was fortunate enough to receive the new Nucleus 5 technology on 9/10/09 and just received my second implant (8/19/10) so am now bilateral. I was activated on 9/9/10 and am overwhelmed by the enhancement in speech discrimination, hearing in noise and overall quality of hearing with two ears. I never expected to see this much improvement.

 

After a year working for Cochlear Americas as a consumer marketing manager, I am now looking forward to a career change. I'm committed to helping others learn how to improve their lives by addressing their hearing loss and experiencing the ability to renew their lives through cochlear implantation.

 

P.S. I grew up in Oklahoma and am now a Colorado transplant.

 

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New to this my daugter just got activated yesterday
Surgery less than 2 weeks away! So excited, but still so many questions
Hi Friends. I hope you’ll welcome me back into the fellowship of the Community after a prolonged absence. My time at Cochlear...
 Hey guys, check out my new blog post about my Auditory Hide & Seek games, once again featuring my big old loveable Boxer dogs and hubby...
 Hey folks, just a quick note to let you know there's a mini-Hearing Health Seminar being held in Greenville, NC this Thursday from 6-7:30 pm....
  Since getting my cochlear implants I’ve met a number of you online, and then attending Celebration and other Cochlear events...
 HLAA members and guests will surely find inspiration in our nation’s capitol at its national convention this week. The Washington monument towers...
 If you've ever heard of the 6 Degrees of Separation then you realize that each of us likely knows someone or is related to someone who lives in North...
 Many of you have become great CI buddies since I was first implanted in fall 2009 and you supported me when I received my second implant...
 If you know Paula Moore you know she'll offer up nothing but the best Southern hospitality whenever you're with her. It was quite evident once...
 Just want to let all my favorite Community friends know that my first day as an official Cochlear employee was great. I learned about the many...
 Hey friends, sorry for my absence from the Community lately but there's plenty of good reasons why I've been quiet. Greg and I traveled to...
 Christmas for me is often a time to reflect, not only on the gifts to give to others, but to remember how I've been blessed. I'm sure you feel...
Greg and I had the pleasure of attending a stunning show featuring the Chinese acrobatic troupe the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The show was held on the...
From a distance....
4 Years Ago
 Being bilateral only a short while it seems new hearing experiences keep presenting themselves one after another. I've discovered the last few days...
The last few weeks of being a bilateral recipient has brought pleasant surprises as well as challenges. MusicChurch has provided most of the musical...
My Community friends, please lift up our dear friend Paula Moore and her family in prayer. Paula's father, Joe Moore, passed away this evening in Des...
Last night after returning from my one week mapping and attending a small group meeting I remarked to Greg:  One CI is great. But having two is like...
I know you all love my writing but sometimes listening and watching an activation experience is more valuable than words can express.  I posted a video...
Today was A-day for my second cochlear implant. I am now officially bilateral - and so far loving it! So how does it sound? Loud. Old maid Minnie Mouse....
I never gave much thought to losing my natural remaining hearing with my first cochlear implant. I had some left in my other ear. Nothing to worry about....
I visited my surgeon today (one week since surgery) and checked out great! He removed the stitches and applied some tape over the incision, which will fall...
Here are the long awaited pictures for those of you who haven't yet had surgery. My doctor uses sutures, although there are other methods to close the...
I stayed overnight after my bilateral surgery, mostly because we live 60 miles from the hospital and I didn't leave recovery till almost 5 pm. I ate a...
Greg and my girls had the hard part, waiting for me to come out of surgery. I'm slow to awaken but when I did I had a smile on my face. Surgery lasted...
My bilateral journey began on August 19, 2010, just shy of one year from my first cochlear implant. Surgery was done at Baptist Integris Hospital by Dr....
Hi folks, just wanted to let you know I'm home and doing pretty well. Slight dizziness and only mild pain.The tip of my tongue has a small abrasion,...
Back to the Future
4 Years Ago
Dear Friends, thank you so much for the many kind wishes for a successful surgery tomorrow. My hope is that this new CI will take me back to where I was at...
 We went. We hiked. We conquered. Well, maybe not conquered, but we had a great time. For vacation this year Greg and I packed our hiking boots and...
Last Friday I had a great opportunity to visit Cochlear’s Centennial, Colorado office at the end of our vacation in the Rockies. Brandy Harvey gave...
Just a quick note to let you know my pre-op appointment went well yesterday. I have the green light for my bliateral surgery at 1:00 pm August 19th. We...
Late Friday afternoon Greg and I were off to the amusement park. My bonus-daughter Kyra had been practically begging to go. This 12-year-old has become...
Paula Moore hosted a Cochlear event in Oklahoma City last night and called on alot your Community buddies to help out. It's always great to share hugs...
My journey to better hearing with a cochlear implant has taken a lot of twists and turns and a lot of faith in the Lord. Insurance denial. Finding another...
Greg and I took our granddaughter to the park Friday afternoon - tired of a long week of work we skipped out early and picked her up from Kid's Camp....
Dear Friends, Sharon C asked me to request that we lift her Mother in prayer as she is nearing the end of her life. She said "My Mother is in the...
Just want to share one of the most beautiful sites in our flowerbed. Our Stargazer Lilies are in bloom in all their glory. This is my favorite of all...
If you're like me a really good nap makes you feel better. Sunday afternoons are primo naptime for most folks, even though it's nice to sneak one in...
If you have a cochlear implant, I'd like to take you back to some of the memories you've likely chosen to forget. I promise we won't linger...
I've been using Sound & Way Beyond  quite a bit lately. My training sometimes goes great and other days I'm ready to throw in the towel....
Laugh of the day
4 Years Ago
So my husband Greg has his earbuds on and singing his little heart out to his favorite tunes while working on the computer - mostly jazz or rock.  My...
Hearing Health Magazine has just published an excellent article explaining how to read an audiogram. If you've ever wondered what all those X's and...
This article just published in Hearing Health Magazine provides some very interesting and encouraging news for cochlear implant candidates and perhaps those...
To me, the kinship of those with cochlear implants is like tapestry. Together we form a patchwork of experiences upon which we all draw from to gain a richer...
Simlar yet unique. It never ceases to amaze me how cochlear implant patients share so many similarities, yet are very unique in their experiences. I was one...
I'm fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in a Cochlear Focus Group this evening. As a marketing guru I'm incredibly interested to see...
I'm still a novice when it comes to publicly educating others about cochlear implants, but I have to admit I got a little jazzed to be given the...
I stumbled across this article today and thought you might find it interesting. It seems there's a "list" of the 10 Most Addictive Sounds in...
Doggone that hurt
4 Years Ago
If you're not a dog lover, then read no more. If you are, hang in. Got home last night about 9:00 and our big old Boxer, Sam, was feeling his oats....
I guess the Energizer Bunny in my Nucleus 5 Remote Assistant decided to take a permanent vacation. Although the device would charge, the power depleted in 24...
I had the opportunity to tell my cochlear implant story to a class of seniors at Oklahoma State University. The Aural Rehabilitation class is taught by my...
How do you say thank you to your dear friends without being able to hug them? I'll do my best here in words but wish I could reach through the computer...
I want to share with you my experience with getting a new Bluetooth neckloop for my cell phone. In addition I’ll make an attempt to explain how...
I’ve been pretty successful using my Everyday program with my cell phone. I simply use the microphones and adjust the volume on my cell phone...
I spent some time today with a dear friend. Linda is a member of my church, trained in hospice care and a licensed psychologist. I sought Linda's advice...
I've spent the last two days at the hospital with my ill elderly father. I'm ever so grateful for my cochlear implant. I was able to hear my brother...
May we lift up in prayer the people of Haiti and their families. May those who lost loved ones find comfort in the gift of salvation from our Heavenly...
It's been 3 months since activation and time for my 4th mapping. For the past 60 days I've experienced what I believe to be a slow, steady...
The Gift Box Greg and I received a terrific gift box a year or so ago - a shipment of beef from Omaha Steaks. It was scrumptous, so from time to time...
I went to my first movie yesterday since receiving my cochlear implant. What an experience!Greg and I selected Avatar, the new 3D sci-fi movie for my first...
Wow, that's LOUD!
4 Years Ago
Friends, Seems the last few days I've noticed some distinctively LOUD sounds. Wow with the power of this cochlear implant I've about been blown...
This year has been incredible! My dream to be able to hear better came true.  Accompanying this experience has been the realization how much I...
My new cochlear implant must process at blazing fast speeds. We turned on the TV this evening to watch one of our favorite programs, Bones. For quite...
Animal Print Skin
4 Years Ago
Thought I'd show you how cool the animal print skin is on my processor. The brown coil blends nicely with my hair, too.     
Hey folks! I have the Nucleus 5 implant and processor. I need some input from those with the same gear - and those with Freedom implants/N5 processors....
I've had a George Foreman grill for years. It does a reasonably good job cooking chicken and an occasional burger if it's too cold to fire up the...
My dear friends, I never imagined when I became a member of this community that I would be so warmly embraced into a family of friends from around the world....
Did some quick shopping for plastic cups, plates and silverware yesterday. Put 2 big ole plastic bags in the trunk and headed back to work. I rounded a...
Painting sounds
4 Years Ago
Greg and I launched into a bigger than expected job repainting our den this week and weekend.  I've also experienced some new and old familiar...
Oops! No Batteries!
4 Years Ago
If there's one thing I haven't gotten used to yet is having to change the batteries in the Nucleus 5 processor so often. I receive just shy of 3 days...
This weekend Greg and I took at roadtrip to Plano, TX. Destination: Roy's Restaurant. This is our gold-star, absolutely-most-favorite restaurant on the...
As I reached for my Cochlear instruction manual last night to look up something it dawned on me:  Remember, it's a computer.  Like any new...
I absolutely LOVE basketball.  So last night when we got an unexpected offer of floor tickets to a Cowboy basketball game at the Rowdiest Arena in the...
I also visited my physician on the anniversary of my one month activation. It's now been 2 months since surgery and he likes to keep an eye on his...
I purchased one of the new rubber sleeves for the remote control. The larger leather cover that comes with it is a bit big for my purse. I got the black one...
I wrote Friday about my excitment in what at that moment I thought was more "normal" hearing. Alas, this journey continues to be filled with...
We were off to the farm Saturday to visit my Mom, who lives about an hour from us. So I suggested Greg sit co-pilot and read to me while I drove. He's...
It happened this morning. I was getting ready for work like every other day. Shower. Dress. Put on my processor. Sit down to put on my makeup. We have a...
I arrived with my family for my grandson's birthday party hosted by another set of grandparents. It's a beautiful place out in the country,...
Third mapping: 14 days past activation  Yesterday's third mapping session once again provided surprises. I wasn't expecting any radical...
I Love Birthdays!
4 Years Ago
Today's my birthday. I feel like I've gotten more gifts this year than a person could ever deserve.   I can hear again! A wonderful, loving...
Long ago I was a music major in college. After wising up to the fact I lacked "natural" talent I changed majors. Good decision! But I've...
My what a difference! Here's a quick list of how sounds changed from my 1st to 2nd mapping with my Nucleus 5.  Household sounds1st - the ceiling...
What a joy! I finally was able to hear and understand my sweet granddaughter's voice. I've been waiting so very long. "Would you like some...
Some of these questions have popped up a few times. Hope you find these answers helpful.  As always - ask your clinician or doctor. They'll give you...
Anxious was the word when I walked in for my 2nd mapping. I have to believe that your attitude affects your experience and I was very ready for this. I...
Mapping Excitement
5 Years Ago
I thought the excitement from my first mapping would be the best, but I have to tell you today's 2nd mapping was even better. This afternoon was a...
One of our CI friends, Michele (aka Gymaddict) had her 2nd implant today. I'm happy to tell you she's doing fine after surgery, so send her a message...
I finally broke the seal on the Sound and Way Beyond package that came in my N5 gear box. It's been laying on the table and to fess up, I've been...
My job as a marketing and advertising consultant keeps me in front of a computer all day. So I've had computer shoulders for years - knotted muscles and...
My audiologist cancelled this morning for my 2nd mapping. Talk about disappointing. She's sick and I'm sorry for that, but is it ok to feel a little...
I just knew our organist was going to blow me outta the pew Sunday morning.  Our church has a huge beautiful pipe organ and David's been known to...
Sam and Trevor, our two dogs, were my companions this afternoon. My solitary walk (hubby was gone) gave me the opportunity to experience a few more firsts....
I've quickly come to realize that learning to hear again will require lots of sound association. I learned this lesson on our dog walk yesterday. I...
This is probably one of the most challenging things to describe to a normal hearing person. The rest of us can probably easily relate. So here...
We left the clinic with my big box of gear and instructions from Kela to wear the processor as much as possible. She set up 4 levels on my...
Smiling from ear to ear and almost giddy with excitement, I met Kela, my audiologist. My entourage, husband Greg, daughters Tricia and Kay, and granddaughter...
I've taken several photos of my new Nucleus 5 gear. They show size comparisons, what's in the box and more. So check out the images.
Surreal. That's the best word I can find to describe this day. And it just continues to be that way. From the first tiny beeps during the mapping to the...
I've decided that anyone who is getting a cochlear implant or has one should adopt Carly Simon's hit as our theme song: Anticipation,...
Some of life’s happiest moments can also be the most challenging when you’re hearing impaired. Today is our second wedding anniversary. As I woke...
It continues to amaze me - the number of new people and friends I make in this CI community.  The information that everyone shares is valuable, but the...
Nervous? yesAnxious? yesScared? a littleWorried? kindaExcitied? for sureImpatient? definitely All these emotions rolled into one make for an interesting...
“Does it have batteries?” she said. “In my head?” I replied. “Uh…No.”It’s surprising the number of people...
One of the first things I asked my doctor before surgery was when I could start exercising again. My husband and I are avid walkers. Guess it goes with the...
The day after my bandage comes off I decide to take a walk down the street. Stretch my legs. Work out the S in my back from sleeping crooked. Feel the...
Alas! I was able to get the incision wet in the shower this morning. Didn't hurt, although the area is still tender. The doc said the dry blood will fall...
Well it's over. Today was the last day I needed help shampooing my hair.  The doc said to keep the incision dry after the bandage came off. So for...
Amazing what a good night's sleep does to help you feel rested in the morning.  I have to admit that I'm a person who rarely has trouble getting...
At 10 days post surgery it's still a "wiggle till you're comfortable affair" when it comes to getting to sleep. The U shape of my companion...
It was over an hour's ride in the car to the hospital before surgery. As you know laughter is a great stress reliever.  I say to my husband...
My jaw joint hurting like crazy right after surgery where they'd drilled. My family says I mentioned it more than once.Learning that the otosclerosis was...
Today was a great day - the stitches came out! Yeah!  I took some Advil on the way to the Doc's office thinking this was going to hurt - right? NOT...
Now with the compression bandage removed I can finally feel the implant area. Since this is my first implant I didn't know what to expect and was almost...
Recovery continues
5 Years Ago
I met with my physician yesterday, 3 days after surgery and received a new bandage. This one is much tighter to keep constant compression on the implant. I...
My new Nucleus 5!
5 Years Ago
I'm so excited to share my news about getting the Nucleus 5 device just approved by the FDA! 6 days before my surgery date my doctor called to tell me...
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