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Hi! My name is Lesley. I'm currently 19 years old and a sophomore at Rice University. This summer I am working as a Cochlear intern, so I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!

 I was diagnosed with a moderate-severe hearing loss when I was three and a half years old. I've always been mainstreamed and wore hearing aids successfully right up until I was twelve. My hearing dropped significantly, at which point I looked into getting a cochlear implant. In May 2007 Dr. Peters in Dallas implanted me with the Freedom CI in my right ear. I've discovered all sorts of new sounds, and in my opinion, there is no comparison between implants and hearing aids. Understanding speech became so much easier. I realized that just about everything makes a noise, from clocks ticking to birds chirping. This is why, less than two years later, in March 2009 I decided to go bilateral. Although recovery wasn't quite as easy the second time around, I have no regrets. Having two implants makes everything sound richer and fuller in general. I find it so much easier to hear and converse in background noise and at school.

Please feel free to message me with any questions!

Also, please check out my blog!

www.CacophonyToSymphony.blogspot.com

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Blog Entries
Last night, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee presented a show called "Now Hear This! What if You Were Deaf?" It features two girls with Cochlear brand...
I'm Back!
2 Months Ago
I haven't posted recently so I thought I'd update y'all. I spent the end of last week at the Colorado Neurological Institute family camp for kids...
On Saturday, the fun continued! We drove out to Cherry Creek to go to the Farmer's Market. There was a huge selection of yummy produce, pastries, and...
Cousin Bonding- Day 1
3 Months Ago
Recently some people have commented that I've been having lots of visitors as of late- I'm pretty sure I'm just a good excuse to come visit...
Heartwarming Article
3 Months Ago
This doesn't really have anything to do with CI's, but I had to share. I sent it to my sister and she cried (but then again, it's my sister so...
Kaci Wants YOU
3 Months Ago
Kaci wants YOU to sign the petition to ensure that people have access to hearing technology that has benefitted over 100,000 people. The Center for Medicare...
Sister, Sister!
3 Months Ago
This weekend my sister Carly came for an all-too-brief visit to Denver! We still managed to have a blast despite the tight timeframe, and we packed in a ton...
Colorado Springs
3 Months Ago
I went to Colorado Springs for a couple of days as part of a company wide meeting. It was an awesome experience, especially since I got to meet the people...
Weekend Shenanigans
3 Months Ago
After a week of total insanity, the first half of my weekend was just as fast paced. On Friday Michael had the interns over to his apartment for a potluck...
Welcome!
3 Months Ago
Many of you guys have known me on the Community for years and havve provided me with endless advice and support. It's been wonderful keeping in touch...
One thing I've noticed in Denver is that, for the most part, people here are all pretty friendly. Oftentimes, people find out I'm from Texas and want...
A Fun-Filled Fourth
3 Months Ago
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! I know I certainly did. My mom came to visit, and it was nice getting to spend some one-on-one time with her....
Eli
4 Months Ago
Meet Eli.   He's my sister Lauren's son, and my only nephew. He is eight months old, and (in my opinion), the cutest! My sister Carly...
Sunday Fun
4 Months Ago
Yesterday afternoon, Sarah and I had some adventures in Downtown Denver. It was neat getting to explore partts of the city we'd never seen...
While I've heard tons of great things about the Cochlear Celebration, I've never actually been able to make it to one. Registration is now open for...
South Denver Meeting
4 Months Ago
Last night I had the privilege of being able to attend the South Denver Cochlear meeting. It was really cool geting to meet more CI and Baha recipients....
Garden of the Gods
4 Months Ago
This past weekend I finally got the chance to explore some of Colorado! I had originally planned on spending Saturday in downtown Denver, but after waking up...
College
4 Months Ago
I recognize that the middle of summer vacation is weird timing for a college update, but there are a few things I wanted to share!This past semester I...
I don't know about y'all, but after having an implant for a few years, I find that it's easy to forget about the many things you didn't hear...
Diving In
4 Months Ago
As a young girl, I loved to swim. However, I always avoided pool parties because of the dreaded games of Marco Polo and the fact that far more conversing...
7 Years of Hearing
4 Months Ago
  7 years ago today I heard with my cochlear implant for the first time. This journey has turned into so much more than I could have ever dreamed...
Hi Everybody!I'm incredibly excited to be interning at Cochlear this summer. It is only my second day and I can already tell that I'm going...
CI Love
7 Months Ago
My best friend came to visit this past weekend-- thought y'all would enjoy this photo!
Brag Alert!
8 Months Ago
Made it in my local newspaper! Check out the article at the link...
A Semester In Review
10 Months Ago
As the year comes to a close, I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch up on my blog and let everyone know what I've been up to. A lot has gone on...
I posted a review of the Nucleus 6 on Cochlear Implant Online's website. Check it out!In other news, I leave for college in a week. It feels like...
Chicago is amazing! I love the city!
Dallas CI Social
One Year Ago
 On Sunday I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones at the CI social. It was a rainy day, but there was still an awesome...
After changing my mind a ridiculous number of times,  I will be having my left ear reimplanted on Wednesday, 4 years (down to the week) after it was...
I don't quite know where to begin. I'm sure those of you who actually still read are sick of hearing about the whole college process (I know I am,...
Fortune
2 Years Ago
Okay who is SUPER excited that Tim Tebow is going to play for the jets in 1 month!!!!
All of you know that high school has been filled with its ups and downs for me. Fortunately, it seems I'll be finished a year earlier than originally...
Rookie Mistake
3 Years Ago
So, a couple of weeks ago I got to observe in the OR for a week as part of the program I was participating in. The first day was disastrous, to put it...
Fourteen years ago, the journey began.My mom listened in a daze as the audiologist threw around words like "decibels" and "audiogram"....
Well, it's been a while. I don't really count my last post as a real post since I gave absolutely no updates about what's been going on with me,...
It passed right by
3 Years Ago
Monday was my 4 year anniversary of bionic hearing! It was a relatively uneventful day.. I kinda just remembered that it held any significance! Now...
I just have to survive exam week and then I'll be done with sophomore year! Then, the day after I get out of school, I get to experience the wonderful...
Tonight, I met a friend of mine for dinner. As I was waiting for her to show up,I enjoyed people-watching and looking around at the various customers in...
A few months back I went into a class filled with audiology/SLP grad students to tell my story and answer questions. It was a great experience, and it was...
School's Out...
4 Years Ago
(for 2 weeks) Hallelujah! Soo glad to be out (and even more excited that I only have 6 months until I am DONE with this school forever. My district divides...
Check it Out!
4 Years Ago
If you're an AG Bell member, check out the latest issue of Volta Voices. More specifically, page 38 featuring yours truly :) If you're not a member...
Getting Creative
4 Years Ago
As long-time readers probably know, getting captioning on school videos has been a struggle for me, (and I'm sure many other D/HoH students as well)....
And  all you have to do is watch a sweet little video! Every time this video is viewed, various sponsors will donate 2 cents to the American Society...
Since I rarely post pictures, and almost always post novels very long stories, , I thought I would switch things up a bit. Wondering what I've been...
Rachel over at Cochlear Implant Online is hosting a giveaway contest to win a cochlea-inspired spiral pendant. The jewelry is gorgeous and...
Sweet Sixteen
4 Years Ago
I turned 16 on Monday, then got my license on Thursday. As great as it was having the day off of school (since my birthday also happened to fall on Labor...
Week 2 was also successful! The homework load has increased, and there has been an annoying amount of "busy-work" but it has certainly been...
So far, everything has been pretty good and my teachers have been wonderful (knock on wood). We've watched a few movies, and every time they have...
I figure most of you have heard this by now, but being a teen I think it alarms me that much more to consider the number of friends that I have who will...
The Remote
4 Years Ago
The Nucleus 5 CP810 processor comes with a remote. It certainly seems to be one of those love it or hate it sort of things. I don't think it should be...
After a long day of SAT classes and a night of getting engrossed in the latest novel I was reading, I finally fell into a deep sleep late that night. I...
One thing that I've increasingly noticed on the internet is the argument of political correctness. Not only in terms of names used to describe people...
On Friday afternoon, we were given the options to listen to listen to some of the speakers. They gave us a list of sessions that they though might be...
I'm baaack! I thought you guys would like a short summary of each things we did, from a teen attendee perspective. The convention didn't officially...
Brace Yourself
4 Years Ago
Tomorrow I leave for Orlando to go to AG Bell's biennial convention.I'm really looking forward to meeting up with old friends, as well as making...
I just received an email from my audiologist that the FDA has approved the rechargeable batteries for the Nucleus 5 processor. Here are some of the...
So, there's a slight bit of controversy over the effects of having two cochlear implants versus just one plus a hearing aid. I personally believe that...
Remember how I said that I'm occasionally indecisive? Well, I wasn't lying! I still have an announcement, just not the original one that I had...
A reader of this blog who I've become pretty good friends with shared some links with me about free hearing aid batteries. I thought I'd pass them along...
A reader of this blog who I've become pretty good friends with shared some links with me about free hearing aid batteries. I thought I'd pass them...
Do you ever have those weeks where it seems like nothing is going your way? And you just want to go sit in a corner and cry? Well that's how this past...
irst and foremost... DeafTeens.org is up and ready for viewing! Take a look around. I can assure you that many hours of planning and perfecting went into...
Never a Dull Moment
5 Years Ago
This post was written about a week ago...   If you've been reading this blog for a while, you've probably noticed that whenever I get myself...
Yup, that's right. I've been bilateral for a year, and what a year it's been! Rather than write an entire novel about it, (when you consider...
Many of you guys have probably heard about Mel Paticoff. She's the creator of HearingExchange Teens on Facebook and the author of Sophie's Tales, a...
Mmm Hmm
5 Years Ago
Lately, my mom has been insisting that I need to go for a mapping for my CIs. I will admit, 95% of the time, she's right and just notices before I do....
Perspectives
5 Years Ago
I can't help but occasionally wonder how big of a deal my hearing loss is for the people around me. Is it something that makes people act differently...
Okay, faithful readers, you always come through when I need you to. Don't fail me now! As most of you know, I'm assisting with David's Project...
My spring break is almost over. The idea of going back to school makes me start hyperventilating (I'm only exaggerating slightly.) I think I speak for...
Is it Best to Know?
5 Years Ago
I don't know what caused my hearing loss. I've had some genetic tests, and therefore I do know that it's not from Connexin 26 or Pendred...
Well, I finally got my new processors on Tuesday. When they say it takes 6-8 weeks to arrive, they're not kidding! I did get pretty impatient,...
Whenever deafness and/or CI's are portrayed in TV shows, it's usually with much fanfare (and oftentimes debate) from the hearing loss community....
The Scare- Part 1
5 Years Ago
Disclaimer: If you're looking for insights on hearing loss, this is not the post to read. However, if you're looking for insights of a freshman girl,...
I have a wonderful project to share with you, and it calls for your participation. David Cluff is 16 years old and has bilateral cochlear implants. He...
Perlman
5 Years Ago
I got very little sleep last night. In addition to having a huge test today, I went out last night. Where, you ask?Why, to see the famous Itzhak Perlman!At...
Unexpected Twist
5 Years Ago
The day came, and we were armed and ready.  Both of my parents went to the meeting, which is a pretty big deal since usually it's jut me and my mom....
Before having a meeting, my parents wanted to make sure we knew what our rights were, and that nothing (else) would be unfair. Oftentimes on blogs, when I...
I had corresponded with Sara about my school situation a while back, and she reminded me that I left out a bit of the evaluation. Here's her...
White Fluff
5 Years Ago
My yard is filled with inches of white, fluffy snow. For those of you that don't know, I live in Texas.The place where it's flat. and hot. And...
White Fluff
5 Years Ago
My yard is filled with inches of white, fluffy snow. For those of you that don't know, I live in Texas.The place where it's flat. and hot. And...
Two days before the promised evaluation report was due, I noticed two women who were at the previous meetings about CART come into my class. I should...
High School Fun
5 Years Ago
I haven't written anything about school in quite a while, and it's been somewhat intentional*. Ever since the start of the school year, I've been...
Residual Hearing
5 Years Ago
Ever since I've gone bilateral, I've noticed I've had residual hearing in both ears. However, it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I felt...
Use it or Lose it
5 Years Ago
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I used to be an amazing lipreader.When I was in elementary school, kids would take turns silently mouthing things to...
This year has been an interesting one. It's been filled with plenty of highs, as well as its fair share of lows.I've learned more about myself than I...
Disappointed
5 Years Ago
Imagine this scene, which occurred yesterday right around 9:30 AM: (I felt like speaking in third person. Deal with it!) *PinkLAM is my blogging name,...
another controller arrived this morning. Best part? IT WORKS!Thank you guys for all of your supportive messages and comments. I'll reply to them...
After rereading my last post, I realized it sounded a little harsh. I feel like I come across as regretful of choosing Cochlear, which was not my intent in...
Dear Cochlear,
5 Years Ago
*warning: slight rant ahead*When I was picking, my implant company, I did lots of research. Part of the reason I picked you was because of the...
*Sorry if you've left me a comment/email/message and I have not responded. I fully intend to, and I know some of these are months old (and some are only...
just the usual
5 Years Ago
Bad blogger! Yes, I know. My sincerest apologies, sometimes life gets in the way! :P So, what's been going on here?  Saturday night- We got back in...
These are some things that I'm looking forward to for the next month or so...Thanksgiving Break- 3 daysWe're driving up to New Orleans to visit...
 received the following very sweet comment on my blog on Thursday."I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now. I must say that you...
I'm Not Laughing.
5 Years Ago
I was getting ready to go to bed, when this article from AOL.com caught my eye. On 'Seth & Alex' they did a skit impersonating Marlee Matlin....
Sorry for keeping you guys in suspense ;) for so long,  I wanted to be certain of everything before I posted about it. Now I am, so read...
In a Funk
5 Years Ago
 When I need a mapping or have trouble hearing, my family is usually the first to notice. It's possible my friends notice too, but they just choose...
Good, but...
5 Years Ago
In French class, whenever we do any sort of speaking test there is a rubric that we're graded on. You can be rated anywhere from a 0-5 on a variety of...
Six Months
5 Years Ago
Today marks the half birthday of when I got my second implant activated :)  I've written plenty of posts on the benefits (and...
Amazing
5 Years Ago
An AMAZING end to a bit of a rough week. My throat hurts from screaming/cheering/singing so much.I am completely exhausted, but I can't stop smiling....
Amazing
5 Years Ago
An AMAZING end to a bit of a rough week. My throat hurts from screaming/cheering/singing so much.I am completely exhausted, but I can't stop smiling....
Not-So-Quick Update
5 Years Ago
Things are better! I feel like this whole "this is great," then followed shortly by "this is terrible!" thing is getting old.. and it...
Things are better. It may just be because it's the weekend, but I'm feeling relatively stress-free at the moment. I felt like I needed to...
Overwhelmed. Completely and utterly overhwhelmed, as well as exhausted.I'd elaborate more, but see above. I have no idea what I was thinking when I...
Birthday Girl
5 Years Ago
You may have noticed a small very significant change in my profile.No?I am now officially the big one-five. Yes, I am fifteen! That means that in a couple of...
I've survived my first week of high school.And I actually sort of liked it. I'm one of those weird people who needs (and loves)...
I pretty much never post about a "CI Moment" or new sounds that I hear, because after having my first implant for over two years, I've...
And I have..lost my mindmore pencils than I will ever useenough binders to last me through all four years of high schoola big, ugly backpack (apparently in...
My Bad..
5 Years Ago
After writing the letter to all of my teachers (except French- I met with her last year and decided it wasn't necessary to bombard her!), out of 6, two...
Every year (okay, well I just started doing it last year, so for the past two years) I have written all of my teachers an email letting them know a little...
Are you a teen with hearing loss? Or the parent of one? Please read this and pass it on! Kristi is a 15 year old girl with cochlear implants, and is out to...
This is a series of "flashback" blog posts on my journey through going bilateral. To read the other posts in this series, click on the following...
About a week ago I got a new phone. Prior to that, I had a really awesome Sidekick 2008. I was in LOVE with this phone. I'm a big texter, so it was...
Or binaural, or whatever you want to call it. Simply put, wearing both a hearing aid and a CI.Even though I'm bilateral now, I thought I'd get the...
France and Ireland
5 Years Ago
I had a really great time in Paris. It was nice to get away from the Texas heat and I got to see things like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Pompidou, Orsay, walk...
Like a dizziness attack. And a broken A/C. Add that to my injured knee and I am BEAT!Europe was great! I will post all about it later. For now, I'm off...
Au Revoir!
5 Years Ago
I'm leaving for Paris tomorrow and will get to put my (limited) French skills to the test! I'm so excited! If anyone has any last minute trip...
This is a series of "flashback" blog posts on my journey through going bilateral. To read the other posts in this series, click on the following...
This is a series of "flashblack" blog posts on my journey through going bilateral. To read the other posts in this series, click on the following...
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