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I Love My Cochlear Implant

Dr Bartels,

By the way, I don't know if I have told you yet... but I just LOVE my Cochlear Implant!  I can't live without it!  It is funny now, because sometimes I will forget to bring an extra battery along when I go out with a group of people... when my battery dies... I want NOTHING to do with anymore than 1 person!  It is way too hard to keep up with them!  I practically go outside or leave the group... but that doesn't happen often as I MAKE sure I have plenty of batteries with me now! Also, my husband and other people have told me that my speech drastically changes as soon as the battery shuts off and if I don't put on another battery right away.  Same goes when I am not wearing my processor and then put it on... my speech changes so much!  Pretty neat, eh?  Also, I have had people at work tell me that my speech got a lot better over the summer (since I didn't see them for 2 months).  I thought that was cool, I wasn't even trying.  I just pick up on the sounds and try to better my speech or "copy" what other people's speech sounds like.  It is so important to me that I am being understood.  Also, when I order food or order something at the counter... the salespeople understand me the first time now.  Not the 2nd or 3rd time or have to write it down.  It is such an uplifting experience not to have to work so hard anymore!  At times I wonder how I survived all those years without the CI!  At times I regret not getting it back in 92' when I qualified for it in Kansas City on my way out to a job in Yellowstone National Park.  Oh yeah, another really important issue for with the CI is when people call my name or want my attention... they can get it with no problem... even at 20 ft away!  Children call me and I can hear them most of the time depending on how much noise is going on, ya know.  It is so cool! Also, I can understand my husband when he says short sentences without looking at his lips! I get so tickled when I can do that! Heh heh.  Sometimes I can even hear the other person talking to my husband when he is talking on his cell phone!  I can't wait until the day I can call my husband or mother on the cell phone! I know, I know it will be a long time... but it is worth wishing and hoping for!  I try to encourage my other deaf friends who use the hearing aid like I did to get the CI... boy, everyone is scared of the operation.  I know I was... that is why I waited 10 years... but I try to explain to them that I made that same mistake... However, those deaf friends do live in the deaf world more than I do... so I think that has some influence to it.  I know my agenda was to get more hearing so I could be a better mother to my children... that was my #1 goal in the first place of why I got the CI.  Boy, it has paid off already... I am not even pregnant yet! But we are trying these days... I can't wait and I hope I am not tool old to make it difficult getting pregnant!

Well, I have said a mouthful!  Thank you for your wonderful expertise and helping my life so much! Many people told me that you had the hands of God... well, I am not a religious person (or haven't found my religion yet)... but THAT... I do believe you have the hands of something VERY special along with a very good mind!  Thank you again!

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

S.H.