Year One in a TV News Nutshell

Today marked a year of hearing. What a year. As Andreas and I talked about it today, it’s a tossup: either it went by in a blink of an eye, or it’s been the longest year ever. It’s both.

It’s both because it went by in a flash, but every moment was so loaded with novelty, or emotion, or discovery, or recovery of sound that they’re imprinted on our memory.

CTV News Edmonton reporter Dan Grummett came by last week to hear our story and share my celebration for a year of hearing. Best. Year. Ever.

Dan found a way to condense a 30 year story into a couple of minutes. And he really hits all the right notes (which I can hear – just sayin’).

Thanks to CTV New Edmonton for sharing good hearing news. #loveyourhearing #deafnotdeaf

Cochlear Celebration

We needed a new blog post, and something better looking than the last apology post. You see, we’re going to Nashville to take part in Cochlear Celebration in February.

So, this is kind of meta, but here we are: a post that’s a post, and also window dressing for a screen capture for the presentation in Nashville. Here…look! There’s even an event graphic!

Cochlear Celebration | Nashville, TN | February 14-17, 2019

That’s the one.

We’re taking in part in two large group presentations. The first is called “When Hearing Loss Hits Home.” Our presentation is a lot about how we talked, and still talk, about hearing loss. We talk about it so much we created a podcast to let others hear what they weren’t hearing from anyone else. The second group session we’re part of is about “Making a Difference;” how being visible has made a difference for other people living with hearing loss. We have a habit of doing things differently, so expect surprises. (ooh can you handle the mystery?)

Nashville. February 14 – 17. See you there!

All Episodes Online! (sorry)

Finally. After weeks of wondering where the first seven episode of “My Beautiful Cyborg” went, we have an answer: we produced more podcasts than the default settings of the plugin that send the audio to podcast listeners.

In short: someone assumes we won’t produce more than 10 podcasts. And if we do, we have to take action. There’s probably a good reason for that. Thousands of new podcasts start up every month, and every month almost exactly the same number shut down. So, it makes sense in that light. In the light of a determined deaf woman who won’t tolerate silence, not so much.

The worst part is that the episodes went missing just when public attention and media were looking in our direction. Oopsie. Sorry about that.

Anyway, all is well and you can listen to all the episodes of My Beautiful Cyborg again.

Two episodes that are especially worth listening to are episodes 5 and 7.

Number five is a conversation I had with Melanie, the audiologist and now good friend who referred me for a Cochlear Implant. She was the second youngest Albertan to receive a CI in the early 90s. The technology was only two years older than she was (she was 2).

Number seven is surgery day. It’s mostly just the audio of us talking in the car on the way to the hospital for surgery. It’s the last recording of me as fully human. The episode ends with Dr. Richard Lieu, my surgeon, describing the surgery. I heard Dr. Liu’s voice for the first time when I listened to his episode. It kinda puts everything in sharp perspective.

The entire My Beautiful Cyborg canon is online and ready for your ears!