My Beautiful Cyborg
By My Beautiful Cyborg
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Caroline is hard of hearing. To be more accurate, without hearing aids, Caroline is deaf. After a lifetime of degenerative hearing loss, hearing aids won’t do the trick anymore. So, Caroline is going to become a cyborg. She’s on the path to receive a cochlear implant. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Caroline is going to become a cyborg. She’s getting a cochlear implant will replace the parts of hr hearing that doesn’t work. Caroline can’t wait. In Episode 1 of My Beautiful Cyborg, you’ll meet Caroline and learn a little bit about her hearing loss, and what stage she’s at in the cochlear implant process. They’re putting what in my head? I have to go shopping? I’ll be DEAF DEAF?! Caroline has questions, and we talk through the answers. Meet Caroline, My Beautiful Cyborg.
||CleanEpisode 16: Thank you / The World Hearing Day||March 3 is World Hearing Day. And 2018 was a very special World Hearing Day for Caroline for two reasons. First, Caroline can hear because she received a cochlear implant on December 12, 2017, and it was activated on January 29, 2018. As a result, Carol||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 – Take a Deep Breath||It’s been just three weeks since Caroline could, very suddenly, hear again. Caroline’s activation and hearing rehab were astonishingly fast. Now it’s time to play catch up. Caroline talks a bit about the new hearing gadgets, and new fri||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 – Welcome to the Roller Coaster||A cochlear implant is a technical wonder, but it’s also an existential feast. “I couldn’t hear, and then I could.” Caroline’s Cochlear Kanso has been activated for one week. Caroline and Andreas share stories and observation||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE11 – THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF MY LIFE||In May 2017, Caroline was referred to be evaluated for a cochlear implant. Before the end of summer she was an official candidate. On December 12 a neurotology surgical team lead by Dr. Richard Liu implanted Caroline with a Cochlear CI532 slim modiolar||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE10 – A Day of Days||Today is activation day. If you’re deaf, and then someone says “January 29 is the day you’ll have access to a lot more sound again,” yeah, that’s a day of days. Andreas and Caroline talk about emotional freakouts and how wai||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE9 – The Complete Post-Surgery Guide on How to Stifle a Sneeze||This episode is a long-delayed follow-up to the recovery episode, but Caroline needed a little break (the Recovery episode really tuckered her out). But first, Caroline catches up on some firsts: first post-surgery hair (because they shaved off a big ba||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE8 – The Recovery||Episode 8 is called “The Recovery,” but it starts with gratitude. It’s been a week since Caroline had a cochlear implant surgically installed into her right ear. After an overnight stay in hospital Caroline was cleared to go home. The e||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE7 – My Beautiful Cyborg||It’s December 12: surgery day. After a lifetime of declining hearing, Caroline is going to receive a CI532 cochlear implant. We have a talk in car on the way to the hospital, and then simply let Caroline’s surgeon, Dr. Richard Liu, describe t||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE6 – ‘Twas the Night Before Surgery…||With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore… ‘Twas the night before surgery, and all through the house, the crying and fretting was stressing the spouse. There aren’t a lot of days you can put your finger on a calendar and say, “Yep, t||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanE5 – The Ironic Episode||So there we were, recording an episode on the reliability of technology, especially when it’s installed in your body, and the studio computer died. Well, it didn’t die exactly, but it was unusable with a problem that was equally spontaneous,||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|