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Hi! My name is Lesley. I'm currently 18 years old and a freshman in collegel. 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 about 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.
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