Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Visit to the Audiologist Office Take 5

I went to the Audiologist office because I was explaining to her I cannot use my IPOD with the wire. She said the wire is DEAD and that she has to send it back. She knew where the problem was. This is my 5th wire. I am just very frustrated. I just wanted to listen to music. She told me being that I wont be around next week to go to Radio Shack and see if they have a similar wire. It is going to take at least one week or two to get another wire.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

AI- LIVE: Classroom Captioning In Austraila

To the Parents and Students, I wanted to let you know there is LIVE CAPTIONING happening inside classrooms now in Australia. This really makes me happy to see that this is available for those that are deaf/ hard of hearing. Check out the video. It is captioned.


Also, I wanted to say Thank You all for the kind emails and amazing support about being a Candidate for a Cochlear Implant! I really appreciate each and every email. It means alot.On the other hand, A few of you asked what kind of hearing aid batteries do I use because the ones you are using aren't successful or don't last. Well to tell you the truth,I have tried over the years many different batteries and to be honest they all STINK* some wouldn't even last me a day. 8 months ago when I received my hearing aid I was told by my Audiologist to use ECO-GOLD. I never heard of the company. I thought I give it a try. They are such a great company. There are many reasons why I love ECO-GOLD heres why:
1- They ship fast plus FREE SHIPPING!
2- They are really inexpensive $24.00 tops for 42 batteries you cant beat that.
3-The best part is- If I put a brand new battery in this morning it will last me for about 3 weeks. Its amazing and I wear this hearing aid the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. Its great battery life! I cant even tell you. You can order online here. I advise you to figure out what size battery you need. Also these batteries made my hearing more clearer as other batteries would make horrible sounds. Let me know how they work for you.

Have a good night!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Communication Strategies For A Person with a Hearing Loss

I want to share this handout I received years ago on Communication Strategies. Maybe this will help you.

Communication Strategies for a person with a hearing loss

- be sure your hearing aid is working properly ( and has a fresh batteries).

- TELL PEOPLE YOU HAVE A HEARING LOSS* this is one that I find with great difficulty to do still till this day. Its hard I don't know why I know I am not the only person that has this problem but I know there are plenty of us that cant just OPEN UP and tell people I HAVE A HEARING LOSS! I am beginning to realize we need to ADVOCATE FOR OURSELVES and its so IMPORTANT it really is because then the other person will never know and then we will be lost etc. So make sure you tell the person from now on that you have a hearing loss. Don't be ashamed and DONT SAY YOUR SORRY LIKE I USED TO DO! Its a very bad habit of mine.

- Sit or stand where you can easily see the faces of all the speakers. For example: When I go out to eat I make sure I sit at a ROUND TABLE so this way if four of us are out I can see ALL four of them. So I don't have to keep turning my head and miss something! IT WORKS GREAT.

- Request that one person speak at a time.

- In a group, sit or stand near the person with whom you most want to speak.

- Move away from noise, background music and other conversations.

-Ask people to FACE YOU when THEY SPEAK* to move their hands away from their mouths, NOT to exaggerate speech, NOT to speak while chewing, and to SLOW DOWN**. Of course ask people to REPEAT if necessary.

- try to be well rested.

- Be aware that how you are feeling ( fatigues, distracted, worried etc.) because this can interfere with your ability to UNDERSTAND the speaker.

Remember: " YOU MUST ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF" thanks to my last speaker from the HLAA meeting. That night I came home I said to myself " he's right" about what he said. It has helped me already. Today I was on the phone for a bill, I told the person " I am deaf can you please speak up" IT DID WORK!!! I have always always to be honest been afraid of this. Finally I am starting to "let go" of that FEAR.

Hope you find this helpful. Feel free to leave comments!!I would love to hear from you.

Have a goodnight I will return tomorrow.


Im A Cochlear Implant Candidate!

I am a Candidate for a Cochlear Implant!! I am so excited. The next step is going back to see a demo of all the CI'S that are out there and talk to a surgeon. I already know which one I want but this is a standard process. I am so excited that I will be able to hear again.

My audiologist called me earlier in the week and told me that she had a brand new connect-line kit for me and that the old one was defective. When I set it up, All of a sudden I hear the same exact noise that was going on with the first connect-line device. Then I go to put the wire into my ipod and streamer and it was making an awful sound. Basically the same problem I had with the last 4 wires.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.