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martyw47 · Purple Level Member · ✭✭

About Me

I started wearing hearing aids in my early 50's due Meniere's related hearing loss. By my mid 60's my hearing degraded to to point where I needed my first CI. 18 months later, I went bilateral. I currently volunteer as an AB mentor and Co-Chapter Lead for the Austin BEA. Administrator on the Facebook group "Advanced Bionics Cochlear Implant Users Group". I also volunteer at Austin Meals on Wheels (driver & home repairs).

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My favorite thing about my AB Cochlear implant is
I can hear! Before implants, I could not carry on a conversation on a bad day.
With my AB cochlear implant, I can
Hear!!! Without them, I'm totally deaf.
My favorite sound is
my 3 grand-kids [even though they are very noisy!]
I chose AB because
The one thing that caught my attention: Waterproof! I wanted to hear my grandson in the swimming pool.
I am a BEA Mentor because
Deafness is very isolating. CI’s provide hope, a way out of the isolation – but the journey can be difficult and frustrating. Mentors have a unique opportunity to help people through this process, starting with vendor selection, surgery, recovery, activation, rehab, use of telephones / Bluetooth / loops, etc. In retrospect, much of my frustration was caused by improper expectations of the CI. Mentors have a big opportunities here as well. I enjoy helping people. I’ve already been helping others with their CIs. I’d like to become an Advanced Bionics evangelist!