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:
My husband, 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