Author Archives: ash13b

Funny C.I. Moment: Am I Having an Auditory Hallucination?

It’s been a while since I last posted about my hearing journey. Over a year, in fact… yikes! I apologize to any one who has been waiting for an update. Since my last post, I have found it hard to come up with new blog posts, which eventually led to a lack of motivation on my […]

“Deaf-Proofing” my Apartment

Over the past couple of months, I’ve realized two things: Just how deaf I am There’s a lot more to adjusting to a second CI than just re-learning sounds again. About a month and a half ago, I was taking a study break in my room. I always take off my CIs when I study […]

Six Months Post Activation

I’ve had some incredible moments these past six months. These include but are not limited to: The first time I heard rain. The first time I localized which direction sound was coming from. The first time I heard the difference between hearing with 2 ears vs. one. The first time I heard voices instead of […]

Day 151: My Brain Has a Hard Time Filtering Sounds

It’s been a while. I thought I would give everyone a quick update. There hasn’t been much improvement in the “understanding speech department”. It is still robotic and to be honest, I think it sounds more robotic than it was before. It’s difficult for me to make sense of speech without lipreading. It’s also harder for […]

It’s All About Perspective

I’ll never forget the words my father said to me after he sat in the sound booth with me during my hearing test in May 2013: “Ash, I knew you were deaf but I didn’t have the faintest clue of what that was like until now. And even now, I’ll never be able to truly […]

Day 114: I Love Being Bilateral

I know I haven’t posted in a while. Life has been keeping me busy. Between school, work and catching up with friends, I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and write a post. I’ve started around 5 different posts since summer started but haven’t gotten around to finishing them. Once I have some […]

TEDx Talk: Navigating deafness in a hearing world

“Deafness is, at its core, a communication barrier”. –Rachel Kolb Did you know that: The median reading achievement of 17 to 21 year old deaf students leaving American secondary schools is at the 4th grade level? Deaf students born to hearing parents are less likely to develop fluent written English than deaf students born to […]

Day 73: The Robots are Still Here

Have you ever used those one of those toys that recorded your voice and replayed the recording in a robotic voice? That robotic recording is what it’s like to hear speech with my left CI. Not quite the same but it’s the closest analogy I can give when describing what’s it’s like to hear with my left […]

You Win Some, You Lose Some

I’ll be studying for an exam on the silent floor of the library with my friends studying in the cubicles next to me when they turn to me and say: “You are so lucky you are deaf and can’t hear how loud it is in here. It’s so distracting.”  Another famous line I often get when […]

Attitude Can Make It or Break It When It Comes to Accessibility

This past year, I had a rough time with accommodations in the classroom due to people’s attitudes. For example, one of my professors was disrespectful towards me regarding my hearing loss and often made rude remarks when I gave him my F.M system, reducing me to tears on some occasions. It started about three weeks into the semester. […]