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Welcome to the You CI Can Hear Now blog! My name is Samantha and I am a Pediatric Audiologist helping little ears one at a time. I was identified with severe sensorineural hearing loss at 18 months old and was immediately fit with hearing aids and attended a Total Communication program where I learned both sign and spoken language. I now wear a hearing aid and a cochlear implant.

In medical terms I'm hard-of-hearing - in audiology terms I'm bimodal - in cool terms I'm bionic!


I enjoy drinking fancy coffee, trying new foods, and traveling the world. I have many other side hobbies that I can't wait to share with you. The purpose of this blog is to have somewhere to share information and resources that would be useful for YOU as well as a place to share my day to day adventures to hopefully inspire you.


No matter where you are in your journey I hope that my journey will inspire you to reach for the stars. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! Feel free to reach out or send some love in the comments. I would love to shine a light on those who have a small business related to the hard of hearing world or those who have stories that must be shared to spread awareness. If you are interested in collaborations or working together, please email me at Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter too!

P.S. - Be sure to check out my book, Rapid Audiogram Interpretation: A Clinician s Manual which provides a methodical, step-by-step approach for interpreting audiograms. Training and experienced clinicians, as well as non-audiologists in related fields, will benefit from this unique workbook and easy-to-remember interpretation process.

I'm Samantha


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Hearing Loss & the Telephone

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Talking on the phone is the biggest challenge for anyone with hearing loss. Follow the list below to learn more.

Top 5 ways that can help you:

1. Use FaceTime or video chat. Sometimes reading a person's lips can help fill in the gap of what you may have missed.

2. Use captioned calls. There are a few companies out there designated for people with hearing loss and it's FREE! They will provide you with a telephone where you can see the live captions of the call.

- CaptionCall

- Hamilton Cap Tel

- ClearCaptions

3. Use mobile apps. There is an app for talking on the phone with a real-time captioner (Hamilton Cap Tel). For in person one-on-one meetings. If you are going to the doctor and are having a hard time hearing. Use an app such as Live Transcribe, which will transcribe what the person is saying. This is great for college courses too!

4. Set up a "phone" program for your device.

- There are bluetooth accessories available to allow in-direct and/or direct streaming to the hearing aid(s).

- Telecoil programs works by turning off the regular microphone on your hearing aid and only picking up the sounds from the phone. It's kind of a hit or miss strategy.

5. Change your cell phone settings. Some cell phones have accessibility settings that allow you to enhance phone calls by reducing ambient noise when holding the receiver to your ear. If you have a fancy new hearing aid that is bluetooth compatible, be sure to turn your MFi settings on.

Bonus Tip: If you have Behind-The-Ear hearing aids or your CI microphone are on the top of the processor, try holding the phone receiver closer to the microphones on the top of your ear, instead of lower near your ear canal where one might naturally place it.

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