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It takes one small step to make a huge impact

May 7th, 2011 by | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

I came across a very moving and tearful post on Cochlear Community written by Denise.  It’s so worth re-posting here on Cochlear Implant Online because it shows how one small action can make a tremendous impact on one person’s life in a such a positive way.  I hope that others can do the same.  I would also like to thank Denise for her permission to re-post the story.

It’s me again but this time I am writing my very most important blog and it’s way past due.

You all know my story of how I was told, You’ve been deaf too long, you are not a candidate for a C.I. and how I chased my rainbow to several hospitals and doctors, all to no avail.  What I want to do is give credit to someone very special on this site, so please bear with me as we all know, I can be wordy:), but this is too important to me to worry about length:)

After my last turn down on receiving a C.I. “because I was deaf for so long”, I had resigned myself to living in my quiet little world. I even silently cried on the way home from my doctor’s appointment not wanting my husband to see how disappointed I was. Disappointed because I would never hear out of 2 ears and my good ear was so bad, I just didn’t know what to do except take sign language classes. I even started looking into them.  I just wanted to know for sure and I kept getting that phrase, you’ve been deaf too long, but I kept thinking no one tested me; all they said is it would be a waste of time. And, I knew there were people who received C.I.’s who were deaf longer than me.  I was an emotional wreck on this roller coaster as many of you witnessed and also helped me to get back on level ground.

After I accepted that there was no help for me, I posted that on my update on my profile.

That evening I received a friend request from a Cochlear Volunteer.  I befriended her.  She asked for my permission to send my story to Dr. Roland in New York; that if anyone could help me, he could.  I gave her my permission, but was not holding my breath in anticipation of hearing anything or setting myself up for yet another disappointment.

That very next morning, I received an email from Dr. Roland asking for my audiograms.  I could not help it.  My excitement returned and was growing by leaps and bounds.  I faxed all I

Those simple  six words “I think I can help you” still ring so loudly in my ears.

had to him. He immediately responded with, I think I can help you.  Those simple  six words “I think I can help you” still ring so loudly in my ears.  He wasn’t done. He needed testing.  Testing, gees, that’s what I had always thought I needed.  So, through my family doctor here in Ohio, he ordered an MRI. He got back with me with the results and in December I went to Dr. Shapiro for the C.I. testing. He said there was no doubt I qualified and I needed definite help with my hearing and that I was only a few percentage points from qualifying in my other ear,  but first I had to see Dr. Roland for a Prominatory Stimulation Test.  Gees, another test; they do exist. I immediately was taken to Dr. Roland.  He performed the test and said “I was a very very good candidate.”

I give all of you this background on how I got to New York all the way from Ohio following my rainbow to hearing for a reason.

This would have never happened for me if it had not been for Kathy M., in New Jersey, who took the time to befriend me, send my story and follow up’s with the Ohio doctors to Dr. Roland.  If it had not been for her, I would have remained in my quiet little world because, quite frankly, I had no where else to go.

So, to you Kathy, I cannot thank you enough.  You are an asset to Cochlear and this community and I know I am repeating myself, but you must know, I need you to know, if it had not been for you, well, I would have gotten lost in the mix or just left behind.

Kathy, and all other Cochlear Volunteers, please keep up the good work and know that your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Like they say, if you just help one person, you’ve made a difference, and Kathy you did that.  I will always be indebted to you for not only getting me to the right place but following up with me every step of the way.  (And, I am so sorry I was ill and could not meet you, but I will one day) I hope, Kathy, you don’t mind that I posted this, but you and others need to know, any progress I make, any new sound I hear, any new word I understand, it’s because of you and the time you took from your daily life to help me and you didn’t even know me.

So, friends, I just wanted everyone to know why I always say this community is special and awesome and and the volunteers are a huge part of all of our successes.  No matter how my hearing turns out, good or bad, thank you, Kathy M. and Cochlear for the opportunity.  Denise/Metro

Kathy M., thank you for the gift of hearing. Denise/Metro


May 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Three things jump off the page at me:

1) I’ll wager Denise will do very well with her CI, because she is well motivated;

2) There’s no such thing as “deaf for too long” as many pre-lingually deafened adults have very good success with their CI’s;

3) The fact that Denise was poorly served by her audies & ENT’s in Ohio is due in no small part to health care rationing: If she walked in with a $34,000 check, she would have gotten her CI~

May 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Hi people out there i just want to ask,i received my C I on Feb this year and i want to go jobsearchng again but i am scared,I know my hearing has improved but i still have that fear since I am not done with all the maps yet,I dont know what to do