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Research Update

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while, but I wanted to update you on how everything is going! Life has definately been changing and evolving for me as it does for everybody. I’m finishing up my schooling at The University of Oklahoma as a senior as well as beginning my studies at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I’m hoping to go into the field of audiology. Things are going great!

As part of this experience, I’m undergoing participation in an independent study with the chair of the department, which has afforded me the opportunity to initiate some research on Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome, which is the type of disorder that I have. This has been an amazing opportunity that has not only helped me understand more about the disorder I have, but helped others around me learn as well. 

As part of this research, I get to go on some amazing trips to present our findings. In two weeks, I’ll get to go to AudiologyNOW! which is a conference for audiologists and students alike. Through this conference I will get to show working professionals what we’ve learned at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 

In June, I get to go on a trip to Milan, Italy as well for what is called a HEAL conference. This conference will be an opportunity to give a oral presentation about the findings we have discovered about Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome. 

As always, I hold that the cochlear implant changed my life in ways I will never be able to measure. I have been afforded opportunities that I never had been thought possible and for that I feel truly blessed. I have a large group of people supporting me, and hopefully with a few years left of schooling, I will be able to accomplish my dream of becoming an audiologist. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message or comment. I always appreciate nice comments and hope you are all doing well!

 

Thanks again, and God bless!

 

-Connor

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One Month Away

English: University of Oklahoma logo.

English: University of Oklahoma logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Something that is shocking me is the fact that in a month and six days, my life will be changing.  It is was obviously a blessing from God to get insurance approval to get the cochlear implant, but I’m very nervous as to what it’s going to be like to hear out of that ear. I haven’t ever heard any “real noise” out of the right ear, especially in the last year or so. I’m getting very excited. Even though that is coming up I’ve still got other things coming up, I’m a Lighting Design student for the theatre at the University of Oklahoma. I’ve got a show, “The Man Who Came To Dinner” coming up in the next week, finals, and everything else a college student deals with at the end of a semester. Life doesn’t stop for cochlear implant surgery!

Although I’m nervous about how life is going to be and what it is going to be like going back to school three weeks after activation, I think it’s going to be okay. As far as how things are going now, I’m noticing little things changing day to day.

I remember hearing the elevator door beeping as I would step on it in the mornings, I’m not hearing that anymore. I don’t hear my roommates alarm anymore like I used to be able too, I don’t hear my keys jingling on my belt loop. But I know it’ll all come back in time! One thing that’s funny is although I’m not hearing these things, it’s bringing me closer to God because I’m finding myself praying more for help in getting through the day and in making right decisions when I’m being forced to “fake out” a conversation (when I don’t hear what you say so I use my acting skills and act like I heard you). I’ve gotten good at it and haven’t been caught in a year or so!

If your deaf and your reading this, one thing I’ve learned is “if you do the talking, you don’t have to do the listening”. That’s why I’m always trying to be funny and keep myself in the talking position!

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