If you’d like to know why I named my blog Sudden Silence and read about my unexpected plunge into deafness, you can read my first post, which explains it all.
I detailed my simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant surgery here:
I’m a 48 year old mom with two grown (awesome) kids, Eric and Paige. I’ve been married to Dave since 2002, and we’ve been together since 1998. We share our home with four cats and a hedgehog. All of our animals (except the hedgehog) have been rescued either from shelters or in the case of 3 of our cats, previously feral.
My husband and I work together from home, making scented wax tarts for our online business, Contemporary Candles. Dave is also hearing impaired, and wears a hearing aid in his right ear. We met online through a hearing loss support group called The SayWhatClub. Having a spouse who understands first-hand what it’s like to be hearing impaired makes a huge difference. He is unfailingly patient, kind and supportive. I can’t imagine my life without him!
As for my hearing loss story…I grew up hearing impaired, with a sensorineural loss of unknown origin, although it’s apparently progressive. I communicate orally and lip-read well. I do not know sign language although I’m attempting to learn it now.
My hearing loss was discovered when I was around 4 years old, and I wore one hearing aid in my right ear, the “worse” ear. I went to regular schools in mainstream classrooms with no accommodations, other than sitting at the front of the class. My hearing was stable until 1993. For unknown reasons, I lost what was left of the hearing in my right ear, rendering my hearing aid useless. My left ear was not affected and I changed to bi-CROS Beltone hearing aids, which I just loved. They helped bring my hearing pretty much back to what I had been used to, even though I was now profoundly deaf in my right ear, with a moderate-to-severe loss in the left ear.
In April of 2008, I had another episode of sudden hearing loss, this time in my left ear. This has been even more traumatic because I now have a profound loss in both ears, making my hearing aids useless. Having never been raised as deaf, and rarely even acknowledging the fact that I was hearing impaired, it’s left me feeling like I’ve joined a new secret society where I don’t know the language. Learning sign language is something I’ve always been interested in but I think it will be a slow process. Luckily my whole family is also interested in learning right along with me.
I received simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants on July 22, 2008.
And finally…I talk too much. When I was a kid, I always thought I’d grow up to be a “writer.” I think I’m making up for lost time!
I can be reached at wendi.wendy at gmail.com