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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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Hi! I’m A Cochlear Implant.

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

I am engineered to help people hear. Surgically placed to represent your missing hair cells/hearing nerve fibers. Programmed to sound like chipmunks or Minnie Mouse slowly evolving into ‘normal’ speech. Music sounds good. Probably not as good as someone with normal hearing, but I’ll take it!

Researchers spend lots of time finding new ways to make me sound better, look better, and include those beyond a bilateral severe to profound hearing loss.

If ever lost, you can often find me on magnetic surfaces. Sometimes I like blending in, but sometimes I like standing out and showing the world what I’m capable of. I hope I can make a difference in your life #cochlearimplant


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