Hi, I’m a middle aged English woman living in Ontario. I have a profound, progressive bilateral SNHL. This blog is about my life since becoming a cochlear implant owner. It’s a Med El Sonata with a Flexsoft electrode array and it’s implanted in my right ear. The left ear has a Siemens Centra SP hearing aid.
My hearing loss wasn’t diagnosed until I was 40. To start with I didn’t realise that I was hard of hearing, then I didn’t appreciate how bad it was. How can you tell if you have nothing else to compare it with? I and most other people just thought I had no attention span, or was stupid, or difficult, or bloody minded. Eventually a doctor at work told me that I should insist on seeing an ENT specialist. My GP was less than polite about it and asked me “How do you know you are deaf?”. My answer? That until a few days before seeing her I had not realised that mosquitoes made a noise. Hah, that shut her up.
The ENT man pronounced me severely hard of hearing. He said that I would have had some loss all my life and was amazed that I had completed secondary education and even more amazed when I told him what I did for a living, he said I must be a determined woman.
I was given bilateral hearing aids and over the years as my hearing worsened I went through several aids. In the past few years it was becoming increasingly difficult to cope even with state of the art aids and I asked to be referred for a cochlear implant. I was implanted in June 2009 at Sunnybrook in Toronto.
This blog is about my life since then. My earlier blog posts at Blogger have been imported into this one.