On March 11, 2013, I am scheduled to undergo Cochlear Implant surgery, the beginning of a life-changing hearing journey. Of course, this wouldn’t be happening if I was not seriously hard-of-hearing, and if I had not “pushed a few buttons” to set the process in motion.
The decision to receive a cochlear implant is not one to be taken lightly–a cochlear implant and the resultant improvement in hearing has profound implications for almost every aspect of my life. My interpersonal relationships, my family, my safety, my recreational possibilities, and my physical health will all be impacted by this procedure.
Over the past three years, I’ve done a considerable amount of research into cochlear implants, spoken with many who have received an implant, consulted professional audiologists, and just thought about what this means for me, my wife, my family, and my friends. I have also worked, briefly, for a major non-profit organization concerned with the well-being of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. As a result, I feel that I’ve developed an insight into the changes in life one can expect as a result of this procedure.
There are many websites and blogsites concerned with cochlear implants, and I’ve learned much from them. Some have very valuable information on the technology involved, and can help with the choice of devices; others can be categorized as “problem-solving” forums, where new recipients receive support from those who have gone before them; and still others are sites where recipients explain just how much they have benefited from an implant.
My site is about the issues that came to my mind as I considered undergoing this procedure, and about the process I am going through, both before the implant, and after. I hope it is helpful to others who may be contemplating undergoing the same hearing journey.
You can follow my journey at https://rickwaters69.wordpress.com/going-bionic-a-cochlear-implant/
I welcome any feedback, and would love to hear your stories.