This Journey of Mine For most of my life, I have lived with a progressive hearing loss that has recently resulted in my receiving a cochlear implant (CI). I have decided to share this story because patients' stories/narratives are a valuable way to increase clinicians' awareness of patients' needs and perspectives. This article speaks ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2014
This Journey of Mine
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  • Cathy Kooser
    Hillcrest Hearing & Balance Center, Dayton, Ohio
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Article   |   November 01, 2014
This Journey of Mine
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, November 2014, Vol. 21, 46-55. doi:10.1044/arri21.2.46
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, November 2014, Vol. 21, 46-55. doi:10.1044/arri21.2.46

For most of my life, I have lived with a progressive hearing loss that has recently resulted in my receiving a cochlear implant (CI). I have decided to share this story because patients' stories/narratives are a valuable way to increase clinicians' awareness of patients' needs and perspectives. This article speaks to my journey living with hearing loss and focuses on my personal reactions to the diagnosis of progressive hearing loss, the recommendation to wear hearing aids, and, finally, the realization that I was a cochlear implant candidate. Comments and suggestions are offered as to how professionals can best assist patients who may be traveling similar paths.

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