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wmgebhardt

About Me

I was born hard-of-hearing in both ears and wore hearing aids up until I was 21 years old. I totally lost my hearing suddenly in my right ear and for 30 years, relied solely on my left ear with it having about 65% hearing ability. I received my first implant in my right ear in 2005 and then got my left ear implanted in December of 2016. It is a truly amazing experience in hearing things for the first time and discovering new sounds and learning to identify them. I am looking forward to communing with nature and hearing all the sounds the outdoors have to offer!

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My favorite thing about my AB Cochlear implant is
...being able to hear more and with time, with better clarity/understanding.
With my AB cochlear implant, I can
...listen to music in true stereo mode (using my ComPilot).
My favorite sound is
... wow... with all the new sounds being heard since implantation, I cannot think of just one. But if I must, it would have to be the chitter of hummingbirds as they fight over the feeder I provide for them.
I chose AB because
I believe AB has the technological advantage over their competitors.
I am a BEA Mentor because
I wish to share my experience with those considering getting a CI to help answer any concerns or questions they may have.