My name is Lisa. I am deaf, and I am currently married to a wonderful husband and am living in New Orleans. I installed this blog to talk about the possibility of getting a cochlear implant. I have not made a firm decision yet, but see this blog as a place to put my thoughts about it. I am not looking for people to encourage me one way or another, but to teach me more about cochlear implants and share their experiences. This is also an opportunity to talk about my experiences as a deaf person and a little bit about the deaf community.
I lost my hearing to meningitis when I was two years old. As a result, I have a profound hearing loss in my right ear (the ear I may get the CI in) and a severe-to-profound hearing loss in my left. I wear a hearing aid in my left ear. Since that age I was put into a oral education program and mainstreamed my entire education career – whether it be my parent’s decision or my own. I also made the choice to learn sign language in high school and used interpreters in college.
I am an advocate of both languages. I feel frustrated with the way education is for people with hearing loss. I feel knowledge is power. The more you know, the better. The more communication tools you have, the better. I hope that soon we will see radical changes with the way people are being taught – and hopefully that is in a positive direction.
Thank you for visiting.