Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lenthy Absence

I must sincerely apologize for my lengthy absence.  It's been a whirlwind.

I was implanted with the Cochlear Freedom Implant with the N5 Processor -  Cochlear Implant on February 29, 2012.  Leap year, leap of faith in technology.  How apropos.  

At first I was disappointed  - - Patience are not my forte...  ::sigh::

Three months later - I am hearing more than I have in twenty years.  Although I rely on bilateral stim, I'm loving hearing the bird calls and wind chimes.  

Understanding speech still proves to be difficult but better than in a long time.  Only gets better!  

Would I do it again? .........   HELL YES.  I plan to. 

....more later.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 1st, 2010

A new year.
Filled with exciting things.

Hearing Loss Association of America.
Rockland County Task Force for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Walk 4 Hearing.

Past Semester's grades were FABULOUS!
Needless to say how hard I worked for these grades. (patting self on back)
Sociology A
Acting A
Speech A
Psychology A
English Lit B (my editor was on leave, lol)

Winter session is .... Sociology - Deviant Behavior.

Full Load next semester ~
in addition to extra curricular activities above.

English Lit (children's lit)
Voice and Diction for public speaking
Ballet - yes, Ballet. For the refinement.
Human Sexuality - (tee hee) Required for the sciences.
Tennis - for fun! ...and I need 3 gym credits.

Which leaves ASL 102 the 2nd half of main course and asl 201 (cultural aspects and advanced asl) and two Gym classes...
Hey, I'm saving the best for last!

Then off to .. paid work? More education?
Oh the possibilities!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I've decided that I'm going to see a group in Westchester NY that has implanted the new Cochlear Nucleus 5 in a friends two year old. Mom seems to love it but implanted baby loves to rip it off! Not used to the wearing of the device yet, i'm sure.
Window shopping - not commiting to anything. Besides, I'm not sure if it's available in purple!! or pink for that matter!
The tinnitus in my left ear is making me crazy. I can't hear over it and when I turn up the volume on my aids, the ringing gets louder.. LOL figures! Which is why I'm visiting the Westchester ENT. If the ringing gets any worse I wont be able to wear hearing aids in that ear anyway, so next step is CI's.
On another note - Officially on the board of the Westchester Chapter HLAA, on the Rockland County Task Force for the Hearing Impaired and Deaf Communities, volunteering, all while packing on 17 credits and getting A's and B's. Who's busy? Me? Hell yeah. But I love it. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Fulfilling a dream next sememster and taking Ballet.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


You can find me on Twitter I'm @alicen45. Also, keep in mind that I'm trying my damnedest to get my future rolling so if you come across or know anyone who is hearing impaired please let them know about my VOLUNTEER services. and they should contact me at alicen45@hotmail.com.
I will help anyone who needs assistance!


Time. It seems to be something I'm in serious shortage of lately!
With good reason I assure you. I'm helping an elderly couple get back on their feet. Joyce has a bum hip and needs to have a full hip replacement, so I took her for xrays to see how much damage has furthered in the last 11 years since she last saw her orthopedic surgeon. Yeah, she's been waiting forever, and now her right leg is 2" shorter than the left. Arthritis caused this apparently. After the appointment we got her a new walker, because she insists on being independent and not ride in a wheel chair. OK. So were getting blood work done in the am. Gyula too. Gyula has to have a full range of heart testing done tomorrow. When we were at the doctor's last, they did an EKG, and his heart was erratic. So, tomorrow he's getting another ekg, a sonogram, a MRI or catsckan and Did I mention he's Deaf? Yeah, profoundly so. But an Oral Deaf person who needs to read lips or have things written down for him. Which makes things hard for him and communication. I've also gotten in touch with the "center" formerly League for the Hard of Hearing in NY about getting him hearing aids which, are a federal requirement prior to Cochlear Implantation. Already in touch with NYEE about that one. First his heart needs to be under control, then the rest can follow. So tomorrow should be interesting. By the by, did I mention that these are my parents? Oh, well, gotta start somewhere right? So for my first Advocacy role it's MOM and POP. Lots to do, Lot's to do.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Facts About Hearing Loss

FACT: Approximately 10% of the U.S. population or 31 million Americans have a significant hearing loss.

FACT: Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

FACT: 30-40% of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss

FACT: 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss

FACT: 15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear.

FACT: Hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns.

FACT: Exposure to a noisy subway, for just 15 minutes a day overtime, can cause permanent damage to hearing over time.

FACT: Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss.

FACT: A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.

FACT: Listening to an MP3 Player at high volumes overtime can cause permanent damage to hearing.

FACT: With early identification and appropriate services, deaf children can develop communication skills at the same rate as their hearing peers.

FACT: Noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss.

FACT: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) affects 50 million people in the United States.

FACT: Babies are never too young to have their hearing tested.

FACT: Speechreading is the more current word for lipreading.

FACT: People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.

FACT: Only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss.

FACT: 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.

FACT: 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some degree of hearing loss.

FACT: Approximately 3 million children in the U.S. have a hearing loss; 1.3 million of them are under the age of three.

*Copied from the Center for Hearing and Communication @chchearing.org

Friday, July 17, 2009

Robert Pattinson

Currently filming here in the Big Apple,
Mr Pattinson is surrounded by hoards of over active hormonal girls.
They are a constant at the set, disturbing more than just the actors but the production assistants and crew.
I feel bad for the poor kid.
Yeah, he's attractive.
And talented...
I finally found the lyrics to his music on the Twilight CD.
Now, I understand what the guy is saying.
I would love to work on the Twilight next film. I will fly my own ass out there! lol
Having a part of Stephanie's story would be very fulfilling. (Even if it's just an "innocent" witness to the Volturi's Royal flop).

Thank You Stephanie Meyer!
I had a very difficult time putting those books down.
I guess I was obsessed like the rest.
What girl doesn't want a beautiful, talented musician, with a (perfectly reasonable) flare for overdoing things to protect her?

Who doesn't want to be obsessed over?

The real actors that portray the characters we love.
Kid shouldn't have to run, and get tagged by cabs.
Or have to hire body guards to protect him from the masses of teenage flesh.

Don't get me wrong folks, I loved the movie too. But a certain amount of respect for the actors please.
I know this will fall on Deaf ears.... lol