Category Personal Stories

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 […]

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 […]

You Know You’re Deaf When…

I found this picture randomly on tumblr and it made me laugh so hard. It may be a little immature of me but you can’t deny the humour of it. I’ll never look at my alarm clock the same way. It got me thinking about the other little things or “deaf” habits that I do on a […]

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Cerebral palsy is a chronic, non-progressive disorder affecting movement and muscle coordination. It usually results from damage to the motor areas of the brain either during embryo development, during birth or shortly after birth up until the age of three. 17 million people (1 in 500 births) worldwide have cerebral palsy. I am one of […]

The Depressed Deaf

Originally posted on Breaking the Sound Barrier:
January 28 was Mental Health Day. Many people around the world suffer from various mental health disorders, like schizophrenia, anxiety or depression. I suffer from occasional periods of anxiety and depression, and the fifteen months post surgery was definitely difficult for me. I re-read my earlier posts from…

Silence is Golden

“Silence is golden”. For years, this quote never made much sense to me. Don’t get me wrong, I understand it from a “staying silent when people expect you to be enraged” perpective but it never made sense to me from a “being deaf” perpective. From that perpective, the concept of silence as being a good […]

Today Marks 13 Years

November 18th 2013: today marks thirteen years since I had my first cochlear implant surgery. I remember bits and pieces of that day like it was yesterday. I was five years old, one month shy of my sixth birthday. When my parents and I arrived at CHEO that morning, it was still dark out. We […]

My F.M. System Nightmare

September 9th started off like a typical first day back to school: I missed the first bus to campus, ran into a flock of angry geese while walking down the hill to the NCB building, hugged countless people along the way, waited in line for my usual Tim Horton’s order, hugged some more people, found […]

Being Deaf in University: A Whole Different Ball Game

It’s that time of year again: back to school. I’ll be starting my second year of university on Monday. Three days from now. Wow. There are times where I sit there and think to myself: “Holy cow! I’m in second year! Where did the time go?” Seems like yesterday I was sitting on the floor […]

The World is “Alien” Without Sound

A bit of an update: I haven’t heard anything about my implant since my last appointment in July and this past Monday marks a month since I went in for a CT scan of my ear. The surgeon did say; however, that it would take about a month or two after the CT scan before […]