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How a cochlear implant works
Recently I was asked how a Cochlear Implant works. First of all if you understand how normal hearing works it might help you to understand how the cochlear implant works. (I'm not a doctor nor an audiologist, simply an implantee! so this is not a medical treatise!)
How Deaf is Deaf?
It is different for everyone and does depend on what the cause of deafness is, but Deaf/deafened can be totally deaf and get no sound at all, or may still get some very loud sound, in just a few frequencies or it could be distorted.
How deaf people cope with an emergency
Emergencies have a nasty habit of occurring in the middle of the night. Most deaf or hearing impaired people donít wear their hearing aids to bed so how do they know if there is an emergency? This is very difficult for those who cannot hear.
How deafness shaped a life
Thatís a really interesting proposition isnít it Ė without doubt, deafness changes your life often pushing you in directions you could never have anticipated.
How Definitions affect us
"Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me". I know itís intended to teach children not to listen, to take the sting out of someone calling them names, but we all know that names stigmatise and never more those who have some kind of disability or difference.
How do voices sound with a Cochlear implant?
ďDo the voices sound like a robot, or are they just as how people that are not deaf hear them?Ē Thatís a really good question one that I think is asked frequently and the answer is misunderstood so I will try to explain.
How do we cope with being deaf?
When someone like me goes slowly deaf (over about 15 years) we slowly adapt and make changes that help us to interpret the hearing world.
How do you choose a Cochlea Implant brand?
Which brand will work best for me? How do I make that choice? Choosing a cochlear implant brand is not quite the same as choosing a brand for a new car?
How does deafness changes your life
Deafness changes our lives, forces us into new directions and often creates in us innovative solutions just to get through the day.
How hearing loss affects our well-being
We all have needs that help us live a happy and fulfilling life. If any, some or all of these needs arenít met then depression is often a result. Deafness impacts on all areas and we need to understand how.
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