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What Is Life Like After a Cochlear Implant for a Person Born Deaf?

What Is Life Like After a Cochlear Implant for a Person Born Deaf?

Well, this is a tough question for me since I’ve lived far more years with a cochlear implant (CI) than without.

In 1991, I was one of the first 500 children to get a CI after FDA approval of pediatric CIs. I was 6 years old.

A few months prior, my mother had asked me if I wanted to hear. I said yes at once since I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. As my mom explained the operation to me, I got this sense that it’d be magic. (OK, I wasn’t a bright 6-year-old.)

Well, the magic consisted of me being wheeled into an overbright operating room, chilly from only wearing a thin gown. A few…

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