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About Me

I am 80 yrs old as of Feb. 2022. I was implanted in 2016 (at age 74) with an Advanced Bionic Q90 Cochlear Implant (CI) for my right ear (upgraded to Marvel CI in Oct. 2021) in which I experienced a sudden severe hearing loss. I also use a Phonak Link hearing aid (HA) for my left ear, in which I have normal "age-related" hearing loss. By profession, I am a PhD nuclear engineer (retired). During a long career at various National Laboratories and, later, as an independent technical consultant, I specialized in research reactor design, nuclear facilities design and safety, nuclear criticality safety, and nuclear weapon response. I am the author (and/or co-author) of numerous technical reports and technical journal papers. I was also active in and held elective leadership positions in both the local and national divisions of the American Nuclear Society.


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My favorite thing about my AB Cochlear implant is
I now have "stereo" hearing again after 7 years of only one-sided hearing. My overall hearing (and participation) has improved in meetings, restaurants, and at parties.
With my AB cochlear implant, I can
... participate more fully in meaningful conversations rather than shy away for fear that I may not have understood what others are saying.
My favorite sound is
waterfall, birds chirping, children at play
I chose AB because
Overall technical excellence in the products and accessories as well as the AB support structure (on-line practice and training programs).
I am a BEA Mentor because
I enjoy encouraging new users. I want to share the knowledge that peak performance (success) awaits you. But it takes time and dedicated practice.
I can help cochlear implant candidates by
I can suggest ways to gain proficiency with your CI through practice and repetition using readily-available performance enhancement programs and tools.