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Patient Stories

Breaking the silence

While sitting across from each other at the kitchen table, Heidi Harrington asked her daughter, Hannah, "Where's Yoda?," to which the 6-year-old casually replied, "He's dead." In most situations, acknowledging the passing of a family hamster would have been sad, but Heidi and her husband, Jack, started crying tears of happiness. Their conversation took place shortly after Hannah's first "mapping" session to activate her new cochlear implant, and Heidi was testing how well Hannah could hear. "She understood us and answered perfectly—it was just unbelievable," says Heidi. 

Experience Journal

The Hearing Loss Experience Journal is a collection of stories, pictures, and personal experiences contributed by children, teens, and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

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