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Coming to My Senses
One Woman�s Cochlear Implant Journey

Claire H. Blatchford

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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, 5� x 8� paperback, 168 pages, 1 figure, 21 photographs, appendix


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