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Carolyn Steadham Cochlear Awareness Network Ambassador

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I am married,63 yr old. I am near deaf in my right ear and left ear is bad and getting worse. I've had this hearing problem all my life and have been told back in the early 80's that I read lips. My 2 children pushed me into having a hearing test and that started my quest for hearing better. At first I was very scared when a doctor told me I was going deaf in both ears. I was fixed for hearing aids. I went and took 4 classes of signs so I could be able to communicate with my family. Two of my girls took the classes with me and we would go home and teach the rest of our family. this worked well until last year. I had my regular eye exam and learned that now I am going blind. The ccochlear implant seems to be my best offer right now. I don't want to live out the rest of my life deaf and blind. One or the other I can live with but both I don't think I can do. I take what ever GOD gives to me but after I got the news and was almost settled with how I was to be I got a card about this cochlear implant meeting for the next month. My husband kept after me until I read it every time it popped up in my way. So I called and told them we would be there to listen to what they had to say. Now we are deciding on what device to go with and and looking for a doctor to see if I am right for this. I am praying every day that a doctor will take me. I have children,grand children and great grand children that I don't want to loose the sound of their voices.

I am a Christian and my faith is strong,I just pray that it will be GODS WILL that this will all work out for me some how.

 

GOD BLESS US ALL IN EVERY STEP WE TAKE **AMEN** 

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