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Iraida from Virginia

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I was 6 or 7 years old when I started having recurrent ear infections.  It was all due to allergies.  Nowadays, my allergies have lessened to only seasonal and I don't even take any allergy pills any longer, but my hearing loss got affected back when I was a child.  My first and second grade teacher(s) were concerned that I couldn't hear or pay attention to them.  Finally, my family took me to a hearing doctor and it was confirmed that I had hearing loss.  Since then, I was fit with hearing aids for both ears.  It's severe to profound type of loss, and although I learned to speak when I was a child, I could not pronunciate certain sounds well, such as "ch" for "chocolate" --or-- "sh" as in "shampoo".  The hearing aids simply allowed me to hear traffic and voices, but I was not able to decipher words when I was in meetings.  Thus, every time I go to our weekly-meetings, it must be captioned.  I also have a membership with Netflix for captioned-movies, otherwise I wouldn't know a word  they are saying.  Either way, I am highly interested in finding out more about a cochlear implant, and would love to hear your story!  Smile  UPDATE #1: I was already scheduled for surgery on JAN 23 2012 with activation on FEB 13 -- this was for the right-side, which was implanted with CI24 Contour Advance.   ------------ Also UPDATE #2:  I became bilateral recipient, and was implanted on JAN 23 2013, a year later to the exact date!!  The left-side was implanted with the CI422 Slim Array. ----- And both implants were paired with the Nucleus 5 CP810 external processor!!  ----  About My Activation Experience:  It was difficult (actually - quite challenging) to adjust to the sounds and noise of the cochlear during the beginning months, but now I have gotten used to it.  Read my blogs to get up-to-date, as several have photos in them!!!!  (-:
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Blog Entries
Hello Friends!!   It has been 1 year for my left-side, and 2 years for my right-side!!   Yep, today is Valentine's and it's my...
--- To: All my CI Friends --- I found a fantastic website for practicing audio/reading (listening rehabilitation). It's called "LISTEN TO...
My 1st Complain ever
One Year Ago
...okay, this is about the Telephone Training under the Rehabilitation Tab at Cochlear's site.   I have been patient when sometimes the...
Had a mapping yesterday, and my audi switched me to Advanced Mode (for the N5 Sound Processor), so that I wouldn't always have to use the remote....
Tonight I had a very simple CI moment. But if all CI moments were unimpressive, they would be easy not to be counted. So I decided to count them all, even...
Hey CI Friends!! Just had a mapping, and my audi programmed me for Everyday, Noise, Focus, and Music -- for both CI's.   Not sure yet if I can tell...
Meeting CI Friends!
One Year Ago
This past Sunday, (yesterday), Feb 25 -- Sunny and I drove to Holiday Inn College Park in MD, to meet Connie (2 CI ears).  She had come as a volunteer...
Okay, today was a long day, but it's not over yet as I still have to pick-up my daughter from the Movie Theather around 11:00pm.  I had drove her to...
3-Days Post-Op
One Year Ago
It's been 3 days already!  And, I truthfully couldn't remember when my doctor told me it was okay to wash my hair, but I went ahead and did it...
I wanted to let you all know that I have turned off the "vibrate feature" on my cell phone, and I have switched the notifications to...
Yes, this is a picture of my teeth!  How ridiculous am I?  Ha, ha!  The only reason I am talking about this is because my dentist was going to...
2nd Cochlear Surgery
One Year Ago
Okay, my 2nd Cochlear Implant surgery date was confirmed for:  January 23, 2013.  This was the exact same date for my 1st of this year (2012) --...
Dear all, guess what???!! I found a wonderful application that can be downloaded anywhere: your HTC/android phone or iphone, ipad, or your laptop or desktop...
If going bilateral
2 Years Ago
I am trying to gather pros and cons of going bilateral, so that I sound informative when my family asks me questions.  Send me a balanced positive...
The other day, I didn't have neither my HA (on the left) and my CI processor (on the right) -- because I had just washed my hair.  All...
Dear all -- last night, I did the usual and inserted my rechargeable battery into the charging station.  All was well and I walked away.  After...
I am going to be away for the weekend, and I don't want to pack the Dry-n-Store Zephyr with me.  So I am thinking to use my DRYING CAPSULES. ...
Just went to my 3rd Mapping this morning.  I had previously requested for NO caption-service and I was able to understand my audi just fine --...
I just got back from my 2nd Mapping Adjustment.  It went well, and my audi has now turned on 18 out of 22!!   Will try and see how I...
...Dear All... I am more than my hearing... yes, you are reading me correctly.  Our being deaf and hard-of-hearing or hearing-impaired, whatever you...
Okay, I did like my 1st Skin-It sooo much that I have now gotten a 2nd one.  But don't worry, I am not one of those crazy people that keep shopping...
This is the new skin-it I ordered for my cochlear processor!How do you like it? Isn't it sooo beautiful?
I have a question about the Remote Assistant. As we all know, if we press the VOLUME button and if immediately right after it we also press the sideways...
Dear all --  My 1st Mapping Adjustment is tomorrow.  I promise to report back any difference or if I hear new crazy sounds.For now tho', I also...
This is me with my Cochlear Device on, and also me again holding the remote!  The rest of the pictures is just the Cochlear Gear with all its contents....
One more photo of me, but this time -- just the back of my ear!Is it scary??!  This one still has the suture-cloth (5 days after surgery).This other one...
Okay, just wanted to share a concern.  As you all know, I am getting implanted this coming Monday, Jan 23rd, and I have been sharing and spreading this...
QUESTION for YOU:
3 Years Ago
1- Do you need head icepacks for the surgery area? (after returning from hospital), and did you feel drowsy and lots or little pain?2- Can you estimate...
My surgery date has been scheduled for January 23, 2012.  Soon my Mother-in-Law will come to my home for 2 weeks as she will walk the dog. ...
Year 2008 -- I am working as hard as usual, and although I was aware of people that have had cochlear implants, I didn't know anything about them. ...
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