Wayne P (Gatorfan)

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Hi Everyone,

I want to welcome you all to the great Cochlear Community . The Cochlear Community and it's members provided me the inspiration that encouraged me to have my first Cochlear Implant surgery in March of 2010. Without the support of the community and all my community friends I can honestly say I would not have my bilateral Cochlear Implants today. I will celebrate my fourth year anniversary for my first Cochlear Implant on March 17, 2014 and my second year Cochlear Implant anniversary for my second Cochlear Implant on April 12, 2014. What an amazing change these "magical" ears have had on my and my family's lives.

The community and all it's members enabled me to have the courage to change my life from being hearing challenged to be hearing "enabled" today. The members of this community are the most sincere and inspirational individuals you will ever meet . You will be able to call them all friends.

My hearing challenge began as a young child and led to me finally getting hearing aids in my late twenties and wearing them for over thirty years. I was not told by my hearing specialist until only four short years ago that I should consider Cochlear Implants to enable me to hear the way  I could only dream about over the years before . I had my first surgery a short six weeks later on 03/17/2010. My dream today is to help others like me learn about Cochlear technology and how it can change their lives or the lives of their loved ones. This is the community that can and will help you understand that Cochlear Technology can and will change your lives.

Today I am a successful Bilateral Cochlear Implant Recipient. We (Cochlear Technology Recipients) owe it to those who were there for us to "Pay Forward" to the hearing challenged individuals who need our help and support. We all can make a HUGE difference in others' lives by sharing our stories and our successes to those who need the encouragement to make a difference in their lives by choosing Cochlear Technology.

I thank God and the Cochlear Community for making my life what it is today through my bilateral "Magical" ears. Please reach out to those who need our help and support the most by sharing Awareness to everyone you meet.

Happy Hearing and Happy Sharing,

Wayne

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