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John Ayers BCI/Researcher/Author

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It is our privilege to serve humankind and the Lord through the hearing loss community.
The ride has been tremendous and the opportunities continue to come.
I am one of 160,000 plus cochlear implant receipt ants.  At a recent lab experiment, Dr. Ray Goldsworthy an adjunct professor of the House Ear Institute saw from his analysis I was getting the maximum out of my implants.

I went from deafness one day to to hearing when my first cochlear implant was activated November 2005.  Not everyone who is implanted is able to have full understanding immediately.  Cochlear implants broadcast from a speech processor behind ones ears to an internal device under the scalp then by-passed all the broken ear parts and transmit directly to the brains nerve ending lying next to the cochlear. Twenty two channels from computer chip broadcast to the cochlear.  From the nerve ending by the cochlear a signals travel up to the brains hearing center. These signal are in a different format, which are digits.

Normal hearing people hear by percussion.Therefore when the format is changed to digits . This can manifest itself sometime in strange sounds, i.e. a squeaky voice, thunder, many other uncommon sounds.  To overcome these unusual sounds a newly implanted person may have to train the hearing center to understand the new digital format.

I have worker at  for seven Universities doing research labs participating in studies, which has various presentations in different setting.  The goal of each is to improve hearing for cochlear implant receipt ants.  At the University of Texas at Dallas, we are working on a different cochlear implant carrier format.  Not percussion or digits. Dr. Phillip Loizou at the University of Texas at Dallas enlisted him to work on the PDA project.  He has been to the Texas lab eight times.  He is active in recruiting for this labIt uses algorithm formulas to transmit to the brains hearing center.  The current carrier for cochlear implant device is digits.  At UTD, they are using algorithm formulas to transmit to the brains hearing center.  In August 2011, we had a major, major break through with the algorithm formula.  One of the difficulties with cochlear implants and hearing aid users they have difficultly hearing one single voice in a crowd. With a PDA, which has speech processor attached, John was able to eat lunch in a noise-filled cafeteria and understand the lab people who were setting at his table.  An 85-90 suppression of surrounding voices was achieved with the new formula. See the video on this work: http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2011/1/28-8401_NIH-Grant-Enables-Cochlear-Implant-Breakthrough_article.html) Second video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p4odUg3NXg
Dr. B. Robert Peters http://www.dallasoto.com/ John’s surgeon launched him into research by suggesting he make application at the University of Wisconsin lab at Madison in 2006. 
 He has been to the University of Wisconsin at Madison http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/bhl/ to participate in studies on many occasions.  Dr. Ruth Litovsky is the Principle Investigator at this lab.  He just returned from his seventh visit in January 2012. He has been asked to return in fall of 2012. Additionally he does recruiting for the Adult and children’s study programs at the U. of WI.  Here he enlisted individual cochlear implant receipt ants to consider participating in a study. John feels that by doing the recruiting he is freeing up lab people to preform more research as opposed to administration.
Dr. Richard Tyler heads one of the lab at the University of Iowa were He has participated in tinnitus studies (Ringing in the ears or head).
Virginia Driscoll MA, MI-BC U of Iowa, has had him working on a music instruments perception project for cochlear implant people.  He scored extremely high in the ability to recognize what instrument was being played.
Dr. Michael Dorman is the director at Arizona State University where he has been a participant.  This lab has embarked on a five-year program to find ways of improving cochlear implant performance.  Additional he does recruiting for ASU.
Dr. Fran Gang Zeng is director of the research lab at the University of California at Irvine where he has working on a study with researchers Dr. Tom Lu and Payton Linn Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Goppell at the University of Maryland had John to working at his new lab this past March 2012.    http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp/facultyStaff/goupellm.htm
John recently was interview by the Texas Baptist Standard a publication of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  In the interview, John tells the story of a minister who lost his hearing and subsequently his church position.  John was instrumental in directing the minister to a source to obtain a cochlear implant
http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12544&Itemid=53
He is a frequent writer in Deaf Research Foundation’s Hearing Health Magazine.  Winter 2011
http://issuu.com/hearinghealthmagazine/docs/hh_winter2011_final_singlepages_010411   Page 29
Winter 2010 page 47-48
http://issuu.com/hearinghealthmagazine/docs/hearinghealthwinter2010issuurev3
Here has been assisting the Editor Yishane Lee with identifying potential contributors.
He has been nominated for the Marie Mathis Award 2011 outstanding Texas Baptist Layman’s Award.
Radio Station KERA’s Editor Shelly Koffle recently interview John.  http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kera/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1863100/North.Texas/Engineering.Hope.Smartphone.App.Opens.New.World.Of.Hearing
John has been a guest speaker at several Dallas Ft. Worth area cochlear implant support groups.  At the Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas John has spoken to a support group.
 Dallas International Airport’s Hyatt Regency Hotel was the site for hearing loss equipment suppliers meeting.  The group was from a number of companies who provide hearing loss test equipment for the industry.  John was asked to share with the seminar what is like to use one of the products in the hearing loss industry. He was one of the five cochlear implant people nominated by his peer on the Cochlear Americas Community Network as a “Hearing Hero”.
 John is excited about what opportunities may open in the future

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On behalf of our grandchildren I wish to thank you for the help in the recent contest they entered.As you recall their home was first flood by a mishap in...
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Some have ask for a better way of voting for this couple. Lance gave this link. The only way I could get it to work was point cursor on link and press...
Fire and Explosition
7 Months Ago
Thanks to the community for supporting mine and Flo granddaughter and her spouse.The live in Arlington TX. Bother work for the water authority. While they...
Hey folks it is John and Flo Ayers in Dallas TX.Our grandchildren Lauren and Lance Brown of Arlington TX could use your help.You see they have had a couple...
Wearing Out
8 Months Ago
Wearing out.  Automobiles wear out, clothes wear out, carpet wears out, and well I have been told I am wearing out.  My patience is wearing thin...
  On March 6 John and Flo Ayers of Dallas TX will travel to Arizona State University at Phoenix AZ. We leave on March 6 for Arizona State...
Immediate Changes to CaptionCall Referral Programs Recent Federal Communications Commission order requires changes within the captioned...
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Received an interesting video from Yashine Lee Editor of Hearing Heath Magazine (http://hearinghealthfoundation.org/hearing-health-magazine).  Hearing...
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Cochlear Americas a major manufacture of cochlear implants features Dallas’ own John Ayers on their Facebook page concerning his...
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Our son  has hearing issues like dad. He finally made the decision to get two BTE HAs. He is getting good service and is amazed what sounds he had...
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Dateline February 14 2012 Dallas Bible Church 15765 Hillcrest RD. Dallas, TX Cochlear implant person John C. Ayers was the guest speaker at a support...
(The following is a report by John C. Ayers, BCI of Dallas TX, who just upgraded from a Freedom to Cochlear Americas N-5 on his left side.  Shelly...
Greetings it is John Ayers on this end of the keyboard, the cochlear implant person. This is to those who have hearing issues or may have relatives...
Thanks to Rene Hedges Courtney from our Cochlear Americas Teams for pointing out that Forbes Magazine has a list of top most inovative growth...
Top NewsIHS, ADA and AAA Send Letters to UnitedHealth and hi HealthInnovationsThree of the major professional organizations involved in hearing aid...
 Dateline Dallas TX.  October 2011The Public Radio Station for the North Texas and DFW Metro area KERA airs a story on Cochlear Americas Research...
Dallas Texas Cochlear Implant Researcher to be interview for a public radio broadcastJohn Ayers BCI, Researcher, Author, Recruiter, and general all around...
 Learn something new. My grandson Lance Brown a graphics artist www.paintedchrist.com sent me a video of a young woman who heard her voice for the first...
Filtering out
3 Years Ago
ResearchGerman Researchers Develop New Model for Speech and Sound Recognition Munich — Scientists at the Bernstein Center and the Ludwig-Maximilians...
Picked this up from a on line publication "HEARING INSIDER" Cochlear Adopts ReSound's 2.4 GHz Wireless TechnologyBloomington, Minn —...
This week found John back in the cochlear implant research lab at the University of Texas headed  by Dr. Phillip Loizou. Most of my lab visits are...
As many of you are aware, I have had a couple of article published by Hearing Heath Magazine.While working with Editor Yishane Lee, she asks me to assist her...
ResearchCall for Cochlear Implant Study ParticipantsBethesda, Md — The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is spreading the word about a new...
BCI/PDA Research
3 Years Ago
 We just returned from the U of CA at Irvine CA, in which we participated in meaningful BCI research.  They discovered that I have some hearing...
Dallas TX May 2011Cochlear Implant Receiptant Billy Fuller and John Ayers are the subject of an article published in the Baptist Standard a Texas...
Dateline Dallas TX, June 2011Texas Baptist State paper does interview with John Ayers and Rev. Billy Fuller.The Baptist Standard an organ of the Baptist...
Ayers' Airings
3 Years Ago
 Ayers’ AiringsI wish to share with the cochlear community and friends mine and Flo’s latest adventure. We continue to have opportunity to...
Hello Fellow CI’sJohn and Flo Ayers in Dallas TX.We continue to work in research and serving as a recruiter for lab candidates.We have just returned...
John has an article in Hearing Health Magazine an arm of DRF. While working with the editorial staff they ask him to find on CAN and other manufactures...
     Commensurate researcher John C Ayers BCI shares a new breakthrough in CI research were he is a research participant at the...
Hearing Health Magazine an arm of Deaf Research Foundation published an article by CAN volunteer John AyersIt is not often that we are allowed the...
Congratulation to Elizabeth Lance our CA video contest winner.This teacher from N.C. and her family will be going to the Celebration in Florida next...
Hearing Health Magazine an arm of Deaf Research Foundation published an article by CAN volunteer John AyersIt is not often that we are allowed the...
Received my airline tickets and have signed up to be notified for the gate number four hours prior to departure.Just received a note from Dr. Shelly Witt...
We are representing our painting of four speech processors on canvas. It was originally presented earlier in the year on the community. John's grandson...
Phone practice
4 Years Ago
Hi Jeanine!Flo and John on this end from Dallas TXEarlier you mentioned your needed to work on your phone skills.John has a special amplified phone that...
Hello There Fellow Bilateral Cochlear Implant Recipient! John Ayers from Dallas TX. jcayers@sbcblobal.netAs you know, I am involved in CI research at the...
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RESEARCH SUBJECTBy John C. AyersEditing by EllenBR  Application  Back in 2007, Dr. B. Robert Peters, my cochlear implant...
News Release from Waisman Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab at the University of Wisconsin http://www.wisc.edu/ John was launched into research back in...
Since the December 0f 2008 Bilateral Cochlear Implant person John C Ayers of Dallas TX, has been participating in research studies at the University of Texas...
John Ayers on this end from Dallas TX .I am a bilateral Cochlear Implant person who has an article on Page 47 & 48 of the winter issue of Hearing Health...
March 2010. Madison, Wisconsin.  News was just released concerning a groundbreaking research trip by John Ayers a bilateral cochlear implant recipient...
Hearing Hero Nominee & Finalist John Ayers is trying to reach Grandpa John!This morning Feb 18 2010. I contacted Grandpa John for his friendship.He has...
Dateline Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport Hyatt Regency HotelFriday 12 February 2010 Hearing Hero Nominee John Ayers of Dallas TX was one of the...
Barbie says “I will vote for you John. Going to do it right now“, said Barbie of Louisville, KY. She has conductive hearing loss.  Barbie...
 February 11, 2010 - 9:52 AMYou have received a comment from EllenBR on your blog post "Mountain View College in Dallas TX comments on John...
"You are John and so humble, always willing to help those who need help under any circumstances. What a Heart!" By Sharon C, of Ft....
 “Mr. Ayers:Thank you for being our advocate. Keep up the good work. " Mr. J-Hack of Raymond, Mississippi said when reading a story...
Christa Jones may I thank you and your colleagues for voting for me. John,You are welcome and you definitely deserve all of our support.It is...
 Several have nominated John Ayers as a Hearing Hero He is one of the five finalists.    Go to the website and vote for John....
 Dateline January 2010 University of Wisconsin at Madison WI.  Dr. Ruth Litovsky director of the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab has announced...
I am a subscriber the National Geographic Magazine. In the January 2010 issue one of the features is Bi-on-ics. On page 36 a full page photo of Aiden Kenny...
Good Thanksgiving Morning to all in the CACN.Flo and I have our TG last Sunday! Our son in law and his crew had a hunting trip schedule for this week.Below...
Jerry is close to John giving him a triple high five.He is such a fountain of info.I have all ready change the monitor to 70 hertz.Next stop is...
 I wish to thank Neil of the San Francisco area for his contribution to CI community. He is one of the founders of the SF support group. His...
?I am a bilateral cochlear implant person and have the Cochlear America Nucleus Freedom processors.Purchased a neck loop Clear Sounds scla7v2 it works well...
Noise like a
5 Years Ago
?At a support group, back in August 2009 that Paul Moore, our Manager for Texas and Oklahoma conducted at the Baylor Annex, in Dallas TX. Flo & I...
Sharon!Happy for you to be getting your CI on Oct 16 2009 and the New Necleus 5. Flo and I are so pleased for you and your family.The Cochlear America...
John caught this article on the Hearing Review Newsletter: Rush Limbaugh Donates $500,000 to House Ear Institute in Memory Antonio De la Cruz, MDHouse...
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