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Cochlear Implants Have Made a Difference in My Life

Dear Dr Bartels,

Having worn hearing aids for most of my 68 years, I always found it necessary to lip read when conversing with another person.  Additionally, it was sometimes very difficult to carry on a telephone conversation.

Several months after both of my processors were activated, I am now able to hear what someone is saying without always having to read lips.  Conversing on the phone is still a little challenge, but this is also an improvement over what it was before.

Also, thanks to my cochlear implants, for the first time in my life, I am hearing sounds that I never heard before.  Distant rolling thunder; rain hitting the window; boiling water, these are examples.

The cochlear implants, without a doubt, have mad a big difference in my life.

I want to thank you and your staff for everything.

C.P.

Already Given Back What I Lost

Dr Bartels,

In this, the Season of Miracles, you really have given me one with my Cochlear Implant.

I cannot believe it has only been a month since I was turned on to the world again.  In so many ways, the CI has wiped out the last 13 years as far as being part of the hearing world.  I cannot believe now, that I clung to those horrible alien type blips for the last 13 years and thought I was "hearing" something.  Yet, those blips were the only connection I had to the hearing world and I was terrified of loosing them.

For me, the CI has already given me back what I lost 13 years ago. This is the easy ability to communicate with the people I love and the friends I enjoy.  The second day after turn on, I told my husband to stop signing to me because I could understand him.  He met and fell in love with me as a deaf woman and always signed, but now.... WOW!  We are having such a great time with this miracle I have been given.  Sunday night we drove around looking at the Christmas lights and in the dark, laughed and talked together.  Then it hit us what a miracle I have been given.

My daughters have their mom back.  Just four days after turn on I sat and talked to my younger daughter on Thanksgiving night.  Later, she and T. and I had our first conversation without any signing from T.  My older daughter was up North and when she came back she met me for lunch and could not believe she was actually talking to her mother easily for the first time since she was 12.  My son left for the Air Force just before turn on, but on Thanksgiving I clearly heard a few words over the speakerphone from him.  He was 5 when I lost my hearing and now his voice is that of a man, not the little boy I remember.  This was a shock.  I look forward to hearing him in person as soon as he has a leave.

The other day a co worker and I walked to get cappuccino.  We were talking and walking.  such an everyday event for most people.  That was the first time I have done that and enjoyed it as I used to enjoy being with people.

For me, my CI brings the sounds I hear very close to what I remember.  I am fascinated with the inflections in people's voices.  So many meanings to just a simple work like "ok".  I love to hear people laugh.  Such a melodious sound.

My bells and music box are constant reminders of what I thought I had lost forever and now have again in my life.

Dr Bartels, I was truly terrified the day before surgery when you told me about my enlarged vestibular aqueducts and the possibility of a spinal fluid leak.  I went home and prayed with my husband.  I wondered if I was doing the right thing by wanting this CI so much.  In the end, my trust in you as a surgeon and my desire to re-enter the hearing world and be the person I was before the deafness won out.

You are my "miracle worker".  The technology of the CI, your expertise, the Audiologists ability to do the mapping when I don't make it easy for her, have all given me back my life.  But unlike hearing people, I have been in another country called, deafness, and will never ever take my hearing or my CI for granted again.

I must admit that when my warning signals beep for the "seat beats" at 6 am, I do tell them... "oh be quiet" and then laugh out loud and correct that statement to be... "no don't ever be quiet again."

Eleanor Roosevelt has said it best when she stated, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." I never gave up wanting to hear again and now I have my dream come true.

My God richly bless you and bless the ability you have as a surgeon.  You are truly one of His angels here on earth to touch lives with miracles.

Merry Christmas,

L.K.

 

One Year Gone By

Dear Dr Bartels,

Today is one year that B. has been hearing - and we wanted to thank you again for making that happen.  There has not been a day that has gone by that we haven't felt so blessed and been so thankful for you and the true miracle you gave to our family.  B. is doing great - he has been assessed to be doing and saying everything a hearing child would at his age.  Thank you again - we love you.

B.B.

A Whole New World

Dear Dr Bartels,

Having this cochlear implant, a miracle that I never dreamed would occur in my lifetime, really opened a new world for me.  Thanks to you and your staff!

However I was blessed with wonderful parents who encouraged me to grow up in a normal atmosphere, despite of my hearing impairment.  Thus, I give them, especially my wonderful mother, all the credit in the world for the position in which I am now.  If they were alive now, they would have been beyond happiness about this miracle.

My family and friends have been so excited to be able to talk to me on the phone instead of the TTY.  Some of them have confessed how they hated it.  We've had a good laugh about it.  It has been absolutely incredible even!

Knowing that my hearing would never be perfect, I am contented and satisfied to have this opportunity finally.  Thank you so much Dr Bartels for deeply enriching my life to the fullest.

God bless you and your staff.

Gratefully yours,

M.M.

Mainstreamed

Dr Bartels,

Thought you might like to know that J. made a 3.5 GPA for the eight grade.  He was totally mainstreamed in all of his classes.

His next goal is to make the golf team and then the baseball team.  He is very determined.  He is also looking forward to getting his restricted license in September.

Thanks for your help in making him be able to be so successful as a hearing impaired person.

Truly,

M.B.

New Sounds

Dear Dr Bartels,

I have been wearing my processor now for almost five months.  I cannot ever thank God enough for keeping His promise to me that I would hear before I died and I thank Him for sending me to you. I know He is guiding me all the time.

I hear so many things or sounds now.  I hear every day more sounds. Voices are very plain. I wish all the deaf could have the implant so they could hear the birds, the children laugh, your family, and the word of God on Sunday. I can hear the music very well. If only one person is talking or singing I can understand it all but when they add other musical instruments or other voices I cannot get that very good, yet, my hopes still are so high. I can even cut back on some of my anxiety medication now.

Thank you is never enough. I thank God for leading me to you. I will see you again soon for an adjustment to the processor.

Love in Christ,

C.F.

Miracle

Dear Dr Danner,

As of last Thursday I can hear with my new Cochlear Implant.  It is programmed soft to begin with but I can hear and have a volume control so I can turn it up to hear TV. What a miracle.  Tomorrow I go back for an upgrade.  Each time I go back the hearing will get even better!  I even went to church Sunday and heard most of what the Pastor said.  Unbelievable.

Love to all,

B.S.

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.

Successful Cochlear Implant

Dear Dr Danner,

Sincere appreciation for your compassionate spirit and caring manner in handling my surgery and recovery.  I praise God for the marvelous success of my cochlear implant and leading me to His chosen physician to perform the miraculous procedure.  I have prayed 34 years for God to bring healing to my ears and I am in awe that He has answered my prayers in a way I could not have ever imagined! May the Lord continue to bless you as you faithfully use the skills and gifted abilities He created you with to bring healing to patients.

With a grateful heart,

B.C.

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