Walking on broken glass

A year ago today, I was heading into surgery to get my cochlear implant.  I really had no idea what I was getting into, but one thing I knew for sure:  it was going to be a lot of work.  I’ve actually been really lucky because my brain adapted quite quickly once I was activated, and I was understanding speech the same as a hearing person within a few months.  But even almost a year after my activation there is one thing that is still difficult and will never change:  what I hear now will never sound “natural”.
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‘Cause I gotta have faith, a-faith, a-faith

It’s no secret that I love 80s music.  George Michael was no exception, he was even one of my first crushes (along with Corey Haim and Jordan Knight) as well as being musically brilliant.  My husband bought me a record player for Christmas, so the first thing I did upon learning of George passing away was pull out my Wham! records, which was an intriguing new listening experience.
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Bimodal

With my cochlear implant in one ear and my trusty hearing aid in the other, I will have what is known as “bimodal” hearing.  I’ll be getting a new hearing aid, the Phonak Naida Link, as part of my implant package – which essentially means that I’m getting a new hearing aid covered by insurance!  The Link is the important piece of my new bimodal solution because of the amazing, brand new technology it offers.

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