Vernice

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My Story

My story is much like others in the cochlear community. I had a progressive hearing loss due to genetics as well as a serious hospital stay when I was 7. I was involved in a fire and had 40% burns on my body and the medications that I took during my recovery led to some of my hearing loss.  I started losing my hearing in my mid 20s and college was a huge hassle because I could not hear most of the lectures. By the time I was 35, I was wearing hearing aids that helped some but not a lot.  My husband had heard about the CI but I did not qualify for the surgery until much later. I did not go back to be tested until after he died of cancer. My daughter was pregnant with my second grandchild and I wanted to be able to hear him when he started talking, otherwise I probably would have gone along forever, becoming more and more isolated and angry. I had my first CI surgery in 2004 and from the very first day of activation was able to hear so much. The first week of activation, I started volunteering at the Oklahoma City Faye Donalson Hearing Helpers Demonstration Room and have been active in the hearing loss community since then. In 2007, I had my second CI implant and life is so much more balanced now.  Even though I could hear well with the first one, the second implant has added so much more. It is like adding seasoning to a dish that is good but that makes it taste much better. It has added music back into my life - something that I had not been able to hear for 25 years (or could hear but only as loud noise).

Now I write a monthly newsletter for our HLA chapter in Oklahoma City, I still volunteer in the Hearing Helpers room, I am involved in setting up chapters in the state and also work with agencies in the state that help people with disabilities. I am a Cochlear Americas advocate. I encourage any of you who wonder if a CI will help you to hear better to get tested, to go for it if you qualify and to have the surgery because your life WILL change. How much depends on you.  Just do it and never look back is my motto.

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A couple of weeks ago, I spent two days manning our Hearing Helpers Booth at the Oklahoma Aging Conference.  The Cochlear booth and the Captioncall...
Last Tuesday I went with another CI'er to the movie, "Joyful Sound". We went because the theater offered a captioning program called Captiview...
If you would like to receive free a Caption Call telephone go to www.captioncall.com and fill out the application, put this promo number in the promo...
I troll the internet looking for articles on hearing loss that I think would be interesting for the members of our HLA chapter. I found this one and...
A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Enzo, has cheated him out of $10 million dollars.His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he was hired in...
Hi everybody, I just talked to a representative from ClearSounds, the maker of the neckloops that I take every opportunity to tell you about. They have a...
You are sitting on a plane and the intercom announces, “Please turn off all electronic devices.” You turn off your cell phone, your laptop and...
An Irish Blessing
3 Years Ago
God Bless the corners of this house, and be the lintel blest,And bless the hearth and bless the board and bless each place of rest,And bless each door that...
About a week and a half ago, I participated in our annual Oklahoma Aging Conference where the state invites seniors to come and learn about what Oklahoma has...
Last week we had an Aging Conference here in Oklahoma. I manned our Hearing Helpers room booth as well as helping with the Cochlear Booth. It was an...
Technology
3 Years Ago
Have you every felt like technology is taking over your life? Because I am a newsletter editor of our OKC-HLA chapter's newsletter, I spend hours on...
Yesterday, I was talking to my daughter on Skype (she lives in Florida) and I kept hearing this noise in the background. She was sitting at her desk and her...
I am not really a blog sort of person, I keep most things about myself private because I don't think that my story is that remarkable and really...
Oklahoma City's HLA chapter has two group meetings each month (except June and July).  The day group meeting is at 1:30 every third Thursday...
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