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I am 41 years old.  I was born deaf to a hearing family.  I speak well and know ASL well, too.  I was mainstreamed in schools all the way up to graduate school.

A year ago, I tried a DNA test to see whether my deafness is genetic.  My mom was never sick when she was pregnant with me. I did not get sick as a baby and no one in my family is deaf.  So, it was a mystery until the DNA result proved it was indeed genetic.  It is called Connexin 26.  My audiologist said that research shows people with Connexin 26 tend to do a little better than average with CI.  Also, information about Connexin 26 tells me exactly where the cause of deafness is located, and it is - you guessed it - in the cochlea. 

Lately, my hearing aids died of old age, and the new ones don't work as well for me.  That's when the audiologist brought up CI as an option for me.

I went for my first round of appointments out of state on Dec 15, 2009.  I love my new audiologist and doctor!

I had my final consulting on Feb 18, 2010.  Everything has a "green light," ready for surgery!  BUT I will call my insurance company to be extra sure they approved for this very expensive surgery.  Will keep you posted - read my blogs!  Looking forward to your blogs!

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Blog Entries
Hi Everyone in CI Community! Long time no talk!  It has been 6 months since my activation day.  While you have been in my thoughts, I did not...
One thing I forgot to mention in my recent blog is how I was able to keep my CI on even though the sounds from the CI was uncomfortable. The Audi said to...
Hi CI Community, AWOL = Absense without Leave.  I am sorry I have not written in a while since my activation.  I have received messages from...
For those who had surgery - how has your sleep been? My sleeping pattern has changed - I won't say for better or for worse. I wanted to see if you've...
Surgery done!
4 Years Ago
Can't believe the surgery date has arrived and the surgery is done already!  Just returned from clinic and back in hotel room.  Physically, I...
Two days ago, I woke up with a dull (but borderline sharp) pain in my right ear.  Ear infection?  So close to the surgery date?! I...
Hi Folks,My Audi suggested using the language-learning software called Rosetta Stone in English as part of listening therapy.  Have any of you...
Good-bye, ear mold!
4 Years Ago
While I am waiting for my CI surgery, I am still wearing HA's in both ears.  As you may have experienced, the earmolds and the tubes have...
A blogger named Christopher sent me wonderful tips for a "nice recovery from CI surgery." Read on... Tips for a nice recovery from cochlear implant...
In it for the ride.
4 Years Ago
After repeated calls and questionings on my part, one saavy rep at my insurance company discovered that the incorrect number was actually my DENTAL insurance...
Billing Issue
4 Years Ago
Although I was reassured by two people at the cochlear implant center (CIC) that the insurance pre-approved the surgery, I called the insurance company...
Psychology test?
4 Years Ago
     I recall reading that a psychology test was part of the process of qualifying for a CI.  I did not get a psychology test. ...
Green light!
4 Years Ago
    I just flew back from my final consulting appointments with the audi and the surgeon.  I have the green light for surgery.  We...
   What happened with  my insurance was, after much investigation on my part, my primary doctor's office did not send my records...
Insurance issue?
4 Years Ago
Does anyone out there have experience with insurance issues?  I called my insurance company to see if "the ducks are in a row," and I learned...
Here's a little more information that I did not mention in my initial profile...for my friends to get to know a bit more about me.Being born...
Qualified!
4 Years Ago
Hi Folks! Here's the update of my journey: on Dec 15, 2009, I saw the audiologist, had the hearing evaluation, saw the doctor, got the pneumovax (sp?) shot,...