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This memoir details one woman’s journey from silence into sound. Mostly deaf since six years old from complications with mumps, Blatchford decides to receive a cochlear implant at age sixty-seven. Having lived a lifetime functioning with speech reading, oral communication (instead of American Sign Language), and hearing aids, the author recounts her fear of losing the last of her hearing to ‘cosmic deafness’ and her decision to have the surgery. The author recounts things she longed to hear, undergoing surgery, and the experience after the implant, which was accompanied by many stages: a brief period of being ‘brain deaf’ followed by a period of only hearing a ‘soup of sound,’ and finally hearing sentences, her own voice, and her grandchildren. The author also includes advice to those considering a cochlear implant.
Claire H. Blatchford, now retired, taught writing and art to deaf children at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, MA, and was also a writer for their department of Mainstream Services.
Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-615-3, 5½ x 8½ paperback, 168 pages, 1 figure, 21 photographs, appendix
E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-616-0
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