About the BellaOnline Deafness Editor
By the time I was 35 (1986) my quality of life was affected. For the next 15-20 years I became socially isolated while gradually adapting to living deaf. I learned lip reading, sign language and explored the Deaf Community.
At age 52 I had a Cochlear Implant in my left ear. The implant was immediately successful. I can listen to radio, use a telephone with ease, watch tv without subtitles, go to the movies or meetings. And, best of all, I enjoy playing the piano again.
While I no longer live with deafness on a day-to-day basis I know what it feels like. I understand. I believe the things I learned along the way and how I overcame some of these difficulties can help others in similar situations.
For more stories about my experiences you might like to visit http://www.c-a-network.com then choose the link to personal stories and find Felicity.
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