Hey guys! In this blog post I have decided to talk about something that is very close to my heart. In my very first blog post I talked about being born deaf and getting cochlear implants. I touched upon this matter very quickly. However, cochlear implants have been a huge part of my life. In fact it is the reason why I am sitting here on my couch, typing this. When I was born in 1999, there was no auditory testing done at birth.

2 months old

However my mom always felt that I couldn’t hear. Everyone told my mom to drop the subject, that I might just be late in speaking, etc. But she didn’t give up. She fought with the doctors and finally got me tested in 2000. At 10 months I was diagnosed as profoundly deaf, meaning I had no hearing in both my ears. This news was devastating for my family, they had never experienced this condition before. No one else in the family had it then. The doctors asked my mom to choose between spoken language or sign language. If my mother chose sign language I would have never gotten my cochlear implants and I wouldn’t have been able to speak and listen. My mom chose spoken language. At the age of two, I underwent a 4 hour surgery to get my implant on my right ear. From there I did many years of therapy with Margaret, Warren Estabrooks, and Karen.

Karen and I

However I would’ve never made it this far if it weren’t for the help of my family. My mother spent every second trying to teach my how to speak and listen. My sister, who is 14 years older than me, was 16 at the time. Since my mom spent a lot of time with me, my sister didn’t get as much attention.

My sister and I

My father worked hard to support our family. During this time we lost a lot of friends, however we gained our closest friends. This news was devastating to my family when they first found out, but soon they learned to see the bright side.

Thanks to all the hard work of my family and friends at the age of two I started piano, then came Indian dance, violin, competitive tennis, competitive ballroom dance, figure skating, and swimming (I will be a lifeguard in November!). I was also able to be in the IB (International Baccalaureate) in my high school. And of course, age 15 I was crowned as Miss Teenage GTA. Never let anything stop you from doing the things love!

 

-Neha ❤

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