I'm a mother to 4 kids, all hearing. I was born deaf and my hearing gradually worsened over my life until I was no longer coping as well. I'm lucky enough to live on a small island in Orkney. I was implanted in my "good"ear in 2013, at Crosshouse Hospital in Scotland and my life brightened back to full colour again.
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My favorite thing about my AB Cochlear implant is
actually two things! The first is the t-mic - such a simple and revolutionary concept. It lets me use normal headphones, a phone in a normal matter and amazing sound quality. The second is the community support that you get - you truly do become one of the family.
With my AB cochlear implant, I can
Hear the pan boiling over on the cooker from the living room, and know when the tumble drier has finished. I can chat to taxi drivers instead of pretending to be engrossed on the phone, and make small talk with cashiers at the checkout.
My favorite sound is
The dogs claws on the sand when she is running on the beach.
I chose AB because
I liked the technological aspects - the t-mic, the capacity to upgrading the processors, the partnership with phonak. However another key factor was the personal contact, the customer service and the mentor support. I knew that whichever brand I chose I was "marrying" for life, and I wanted that to be a brand that I felt truly cared about me as an individual.
I am a BEA Mentor because
I am passionate about AB, and the difference it can make to people's lives. I was mentored and having someone to ask any questions to, no matter how small or insignificant, can make the whole experience seem less overwhelming.
I can help cochlear implant candidates by
Supporting them if they want to push for AB and it's not routinely offered. Help signpost relevant research articles to decide on a brand. Be there at the end of a message to hold your hand. I'm at the Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme in Kilmarnock so can help with any Scottish CI related questions.
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