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Author Blatchford, Claire H., author

Title Coming to my senses : one woman's cochlear implant journey / Claire H. Blatchford
Published Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents The inner debate -- Moment of decision -- Surgery and a few days after -- Activation and shortly after -- First mapping -- Baby steps: early discoveries and observations -- From baby steps to toddler steps: explorations in listening -- My own voice -- More about bluffing -- Children -- Birds -- Music -- Move to ponder -- Bigger steps yet -- To sum things up -- Appendix: An audiologist explains the cochlear implant / JJeanne Coburn
Summary "Deafened at the age of six, Claire Blatchford was educated orally with speech lessons, speechreading, and hearing aids. Though successful both professionally and domestically, at the age of 67 Blatchford decided to undergo a cochlear implantation. In this memoir, she describes in prose and verse living with a cochlear implant for the past three years. At first, Blatchford feared losing the last of her hearing through the surgical process. Her audiologist explained that her hearing was worsening and that soon she would move from profound deafness into a state called "cosmic deafness." Blatchford decided upon the surgery in hope of meeting her hearing family on their turf, and of again hearing the wind, rain, rivers, and crickets. After being implanted, however, she realized that amplification and comprehension were two different things: at first, all she heard was a soup of sound, a condition known as being brain deaf. Blatchford soon learned, however, that regaining her hearing was a journey of discovery. Gradually, the sound soup gave way to the ability to hear some sentences without speechreading. The sound of her own voice surprised her, and she could hear her grandchildren speak. The thrill of new things heard on one car trip to a friend's house moved her to "try my first yodel as I pass by your house." When asked by others if they should receive an implant, she cautions that it is an individual decision that each deaf person must make. For her, it was the right decision."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-156)
Notes English
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Subject Blatchford, Claire H. -- Health
Blatchford, Claire H.
Cochlear implants -- Patients -- United States -- Biography
Cochlear implants.
Cochlear Implants
MEDICAL -- Surgery -- General.
Cochlear implants
United States
United States
Genre/Form Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
R├ęcits personnels.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014014543
ISBN 9781563686160