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Cochlear Implants: Elly’s Story

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My biggest hope is that I will be more social because I will hear more things, especially
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in a crowd, going out to dinner or something, that is very difficult to hear the sounds.
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I hope not to have the ringing in my ear.
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I just hope to be able to hear again like normal.
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You don’t know what it’s like until you’ve lost it.
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I woke up on, I remember it was Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2012 and I couldn’t hear out
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of my left ear and I just figured it was like allergies or something because the time of
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the year.
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I went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor and he said that I had lost the hearing and
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it was sudden hearing loss and that there wasn’t any hope for probably getting it
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back.
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All my sound came from the right and it was really hard getting used to.
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I’ve actually stepped in front of a school bus one time, because I thought it was on
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my right and it was obviously on my left.
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I know I miss a lot of conversation.
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Background noise is horrible.
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I have a terrible ringing in my ear and I know I hear words differently sometimes.
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They’re not really the words that I think I’m hearing and I can’t tell you the number
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of times I’ve picked up the phone and no one’s there and I’ve hung it up but I
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just didn’t have the phone at the right ear.
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I just thought, well I’ll get through this and I just hope my hearing doesn’t go in
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my right ear.
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It is kind of scary but I know none of it is going to hurt.
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It’s not going to be a painful experience but I’m excited.
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I want to get it over with and I this is really when they kind of critique me and make sure
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that I’m a good candidate for the cochlear.
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I’m just hoping that the results are good and going to be a candidate as I expect to
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be.
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I am so excited.
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I just can’t wait.
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I can’t even imagine it actually right now to get back to normal because my normal is
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so different.
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I was a little afraid you know.
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I didn’t really know what to expect, but I have to say, the surgery was a piece of
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cake.
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I never had any pain.
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It was so easy.
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In fact, the next night we entertained guests here.
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When I first heard a sound, it was pretty overwhelming
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and they were just sounds, they weren’t words.
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I never ever thought I’d hear a sound again, so it was pretty overwhelming.
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I keep getting more and more words and better hearing all the time.
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I go back and get it adjusted, in fact it’s overwhelming sometimes, I just kind of like
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listen with that ear because it is something that I never expected.
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I think the good thing too is I always just thought that children got them, you know and
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I never dreamed that adults and now I’m seeing more and more older people like myself.
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I’m in my seventies, so being able to hear and it is overwhelming.
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I’m really glad I did it.
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Dr. Kang told me it’s like your brain is learning a new language and truly it is.
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I think that is a great way to explain it and little by little these sounds that you
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hear and they are different pitches and sounds and pretty soon they do become words, but
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it did take a while.
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Mine took longer because I do have a good ear.
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I hear things that I never really heard like the birds.
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I can hear them so much better now and I know where they are at and where to look for them.
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When my car dings when the keys are in it, I heard a sound but now I know the sound and
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little things like that.
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It has been a process.
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I’d say the first six months probably I was still just getting sounds and then it
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develops into words and the last few months have really been pretty overwhelming.
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My daily life has changed.
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The quality of life is really better and I know now when I cook, I don’t have to set
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two alarms or timers.
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I can hear the over go off first time.
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I no longer have to watch closed captioning TV.
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I can pick up just almost everything.
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Every once in a while there’s a couple words that I don’t get.
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We go out more in a setting with larger groups because before, background noise just destroyed
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any hearing I had.
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It was really really bad to hear.
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So we do more and I’m not afraid to get out and be around people and so it has really
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been a blessing.
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I think the people at Boys Town have been just phenomenal.
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Not only Dr. Kang that did the surgery, but all the people I’ve met with after that.
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They really care about you and Boys Town really takes an interest.
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They’ve called me to make sure that I’m doing well, to make sure that I have appointments
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set up.
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Just the aftercare, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have surgery.
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They’re phenomenal.
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As we age, our hearing goes, but there is no reason I see now that you have to now live
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in a silent world.
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Had I known how great it was going to be, I would have done it five years ago.
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I really really recommend it.

​​​​​​​Cochlear implants are one of the most effective ways to restore a sense of hearing for someone with significant sensorineural hearing loss. Watch Elly's life-changing journey as she receives a cochlear implant at Boys Town National Research Hospital.​

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