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About Me

I am the mother of a successful bilateral cochlear implant user who is able to live life to the fullest because of his ability to hear the world around him. It has been a blessing to watch my son grow into a confident, well-rounded young man of integrity who is well-spoken, academically and socially successful and who understands that, in time, it will be his turn to work towards making the world a better place.


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My favorite thing about my AB Cochlear implant is
Michael's CI allow him to experience a world full of sound. He is able to participate in the mainstream on par, if not better, with his hearing peers. He is able to hear and converse with ease, enjoy music, and play the violin. His AB CI's allow him to be the very best that he can be.
With my AB cochlear implant, I can
Michael can do anything and everything that his hearing peers can do.
My favorite sound is
Sound is such a natural thing for Michael; there are no favorites.
I chose AB because
It was the device recommended to us by his audiologist. But today, almost 21 years later, I am so grateful that Michael has AB devices as I believe that they are state of the art and will continue to be so. Michael has, and will continue to have, the benefit of the latest technology and will enjoy countless improvements to his devices over the years.
I am a BEA Mentor because
I think it is important for parents beginning this journey with their child to have as much support and encouragement as possible. This journey is fraught with fears, questions and doubts and it is reassuring to have the support of someone who has already traveled in it.
I can help cochlear implant candidates by
Sharing my experiences and supporting them with information and resources for to use during the decision making process.