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I have a connexion 26 protein deficiency. My family did not use sign language as I grew up, though I began learning it in second grade. I connected with the Deaf community in college, and began to use sign language exclusively at that time.
I qualified for CI surgery in April of 2010, and chose my left ear to go first. My first CI surgery was 2 June 2010, with activation on 28 June 2010.
CLICK HERE to see my first CI activation (left) video.
I worked very hard, practicing listening rehab six to nine hours a day, and wearing the microphone attachment for six months to improve speech.
My second CI surgery (right) was 22 December 2010.
I am now a bilateral cochlear implant recipient.
I love my CI's, and I love being bilateral. I am finally learning how to use this cochlear website, so hope that helps, too.
My personal blog is here: www.housewifeclass.com
P.S. I am LDS, and would love to find other LDS people with CI.
I have just been approved by my insurance for the upgrade to N6!