Olivia Williams

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Hi I'm Olivia, I'm 19 years old, I'm a fraternal twin and I was born prematurely at 33 weeks in July 1995. I had to stay in the hospital for a month due to development issues. My parents told me that I had failed the hearing tests seven times and I was diagnosed as hard of hearing until I was 4 years old. I wore hearing aids at 3 to almost 5 years old but then in April 2000, when I was 4 and a half, I lost all of my hearing unexpectely while I was riding home from speech therapy. I became profoundly deaf. I actually don't know how I lost my hearing; even my parents don't know but I believe it was due to being premature. In May 2000, my parents made the decision for me to recieve a cochlear implant and shortly after I turned 5 years old, I was implanted on July 28th, 2000. After I healed, I got activated in August 2000 and I could hear sounds again! It was the best moment I experienced in my life! It did take me a couple of years to get used to normal hearing but it was worth it. I went to Clarke School in Massachusetts for 3 years from kindergarten to 2nd grade then I transferred to a small school in Rhode Island but it closed after my first year.

 

Finally, I transferred to an all girls private quaker school: Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island and I have been there since the 4th grade. Before I entered 7th grade, I made the decision myself to recieve a second cochlear implant and I received the CI on June 13th, 2008 and it was worth recieving another CI and I could hear so much better! Now, I am a freshman at Stonehill College studying Psychology and Communication!

If you have any questions or just to say a hello, please don't hestitate to send me a message! :)  

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I cannot believe I have not been on here in such a LONG time! I did not forget about you all on the Cochlear Community over the last 5 months! So many...
Hi Everyone!It has been a long time since I updated since April! I was so caught up in so many exciting tasks to end my senior year! I have accomplished many...
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New Year, New Update!
One Year Ago
Hi CC friends! Happy 2014! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the new year so far! I started school last week from a long two weeks of winter...
Hi CC friends! I just wanted to update to say a quick hello! I have been pretty busy with school and I am just finishing up my college applications that...
Hey Everyone! I wanted to update you all that my little adorable 5 year old friend Marlice has been implanted with a 2nd CI! 7 months ago, she...
Hey Everyone! So the New England Walk4Hearing is happening on October 27th and I wanted to know if anyone on the CC community is going! Ill be there...
Hello Everyone,Happy fall season! I love the fall season because of many things such apple picking, drinking or eating pumpkin flavored things, watching...
I hope you all are having a great almost end of the summer! I have to say that this summer has been amazing! I went to Gallaudet University in July for an...
Hey CC fellows! Time sure flies by really fast! I last updated in March and I was super busy in April and May taking a bunch of tests, doing projects in...
Hello Everyone! It's been a while since I've posted on the Community! Ive been busy with school, recently finished my exams and now I'm...
Hi Everyone!Happy New Year to all you CC friends! So a few weeks ago, I was at school and my mom called me about an adorable 4 year old girl who is...
Happy Holidays!
One Year Ago
Hi CC friends! I just wanted to say a big Happy Holidays to all of you and I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas and New Year's with their families...
I'm Thankful For...
2 Years Ago
Hi everybody! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope everyone is doing well and I missed you all too! :D  So Thanksgiving is today and I just love...
Hi Everyone! It felt like years since I haven't been on the community but it's really been almost two months! I've been extremely busy with...
Hello Everybody! I can't believe I have't been on the Community in a long time this whole summer! I've missed you all very much and I hope...
Hi Everyone! I wanted to share a youtube video of my handbells group performing Over The Rainbow from last month!  Hope you enjoy...
Summer Has Come!
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! I'm finally free!!! I finished my exams last week and whoo! all that studying paid off! I'm so glad to be done with sophomore year...
A May Update!
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! I hope everbody is doing great in this wonderful month of May! I just wanted to update that I'm doing great and is starting to wrap up...
4.6.12
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter this weekend :) Sadly, I had a very tough Easter weekend this past weekend. My best guy friend Joshua...
A New Friend
3 Years Ago
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Lucky Week
3 Years Ago
Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing well! I just wanted to share some great news that happened this week!      I had National History...
February Update
3 Years Ago
Hello Everybody! Wow! It's been a while since I've been on the Community! School sure loves keeping me busy 24/7! I also have noticed that we...
Been a While!
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! So I haven't posted in about a month! That sure is a long time! I missed you all! I hope everyone is doing well in this year of...
"Let it Be"
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I've been in Delaware for the past week and I go back home tomorrow! During this week, I was on...
Hello Everyone! I just wanted to say that I wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2011 flew by pretty fast but I'm...
Hi Everybody, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for my family, CC friends, my friends and Cochlear :) On Thanksgiving day,...
Update :D
3 Years Ago
Hello Everyone! I hope you all are doing well! I've been super busy for the past couple of weeks! School, tests/projects and rehearsing for the fall...
October Update
3 Years Ago
Hello Everyone! Wow! It's been a long time since I blogged! School is sure keeping me busy everyday! Hope you all are doing well! For the past...
Hello Everyone! It's been quite a while since I blogged! Hope everyone is doing well! I can't summer is over! This summer went really awesome...
N5 Mapping 8/17
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! I just got back from Boston from my mapping with Dr. Neault and I'm now wearing both of my N5s for the first time! When Dr. Neault...
Hi Everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful summer! I can't believe it's August already! I don't want the summer to end at least I...
So I wrote this poem in English class in 8th grade about when I was getting my first CI in 2000 and I wanted to share it with you guys :) Hope you like...
Early July Update
3 Years Ago
Hey Everyone!  Sorry I haven't posted in a while!  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! I had a great weekend with my family being...
April-May Update :)
4 Years Ago
Hello Everyone!  Sorry I haven't blogged in a long time! I've been so busy doing work for school since its the end of the year!  A lot of...
Physics Class
4 Years Ago
Hey Everybody! So last week, my physics teacher asked me to talk to my class about how a cochlear implant works and how I can hear with my two CIs! I...
Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't wrote a blog for about two months! Ive been busy and of course I was at Celebration last month and it was wonderful to...
Hello Everyone! So last week I couldn't take my exams because there was a mechanical failure at my school and we didn't have school for 3 days...
Happy New Year to all of you!  Just wanted to give an update on how things are going in 2011 but its been hectic!  So I have been so BUSY...
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to say Merry Christmas even though its on Saturday!  I will be traveling to Delaware later this afternoon with my family...
Hi Everybody!  Hope you all had a GREAT thanksgiving! I had a great time with my family! We went to my cousin's house for dinner and my...
Hey Everyone! Sorry I didn't get a chance to tell how the HOPE workshop on 11/8/10 went! School has been keeping me really busy with tests and...
Hey Everybody! Its been a while since I wrote my blog about 3 weeks ago!  I have been so busy working hard in school especially physics I worked...
Update :)
4 Years Ago
Hello Everyone! Just wanted to let you guys know how im doing! School has been great so far! But I still don't like physics ugh.  The past few...
Hello Everyone! I have been sooo busy for the past two weeks with school, speech after school, zumba (which is dance), and play practice!  Since I...
Hey everyone! I just wanted to tell how my first week of HS was. It was amazing. I love 9th grade!  I love all of my teachers and they really do...
Hello Everyone! I just got back from the freshman retreat this afternoon and I have to say that this retreat was life changing!  On the first day...
Happy September everyone! Wow... I really loved my first day of high school!  When I came in the school, a lot of my friends in my class, middle...
Hello Everyone! I'm sorry I haven't updated for a while because I was having so much fun for the past couple of weeks!!  But this week was...
Mapping
4 Years Ago
Hello all!Today I went to Waltham, MA for my mappings this morning. Before I was mapped, my audiologist told me about this FM system that I should use with...
New Update
4 Years Ago
Hey everyone!  My last post when I had the ringing in my ears and pain in my ribs, It went away and I'm a happy girl again! I had an amazing...
Today was not a great day for me because I had horrible ringing in my head all day and yesterday afternoon. I woke up twice last night almost crying because...
Today is a special day! Its been 10 years since I got my first CI!  Double digits... wow I cant believe its been this long. I was 5 years old when I got...
update
4 Years Ago
Hey everyone! Sorry I havent been blogging or been online for a while because I've been so busy! I barely got a break!  I have been getting...
Here I am, sitting at my desk with my laptop in front of me and then my mind comes back remembering a wonderful moment I had when I was in Martha's...
2nd CI Anniversary!
5 Years Ago
Today is my second anniversary of when I got my second cochlear implant on June 13th 2008! I'll never forget that day because after I got out of surgery,...
I finally wore my N5 today!  I wore it to my friend's high school graduation party and the sounds sounded awesome!  I got a lot of comments...
I have completed middle school today! It was a beautiful ceremony and I felt special when my friend next to me called my name and everyone in the audience...
Wow... since I got my Nucleus 5 for my right ear in April, I have only worn it twice and I still wear my Freedom.  Hm I think the N5 is lonely......
First Blog
5 Years Ago
Hey! Wow this is my first blog for the day! My left cochlear implant has been having some problems for a while. The battery on my left cochlear implant...
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