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Yep, you read that right. I woke up this morning and took a shower and got ready. I usually put my hearing aid on right after I’m dressed and ready to go. This morning was different. I went over to my side of the bed and looked for my hearing aid but couldn’t find it. I started freaking out and knew Cheerio must have gotten into it. I looked under the bed and found this.

I was sooo pissed and upset that I started crying. I didn’t know what to do. I had to go to work but I need to hear. I have my cochlear implant but I always use it with my hearing aid. I had no choice but to grab all of my rechargeable batteries for my cochlear implant and put it on hoping that they would last me the entire work day. I always forget to recharge them so I wasn’t sure how many hours I had left.

I got to work and started looking online to find a place where they could see me immediately to get a new hearing aid. The main problem was that my hearing aid is analog and they don’t make mine anymore. Pretty much all hearing aids are now digital. I tried the new digital hearing aid at college and hated it.

My mom called ASU for me and they were able to get me an appointment for 10:30AM. I went down to the campus and filled out paperwork. An audiologist came in and took me to another room where I had to wait forever in there by myself. For 2 hours I had to listen to the clock ticking with my cochlear implant on! I pretty much organized all of my photos on my iPhone while I waited.

Finally the audiologist came in with a loaner for me to use. It was analog but it wasn’t the same one I had. The issue was that I had to get fitted for a new ear mold but it takes 7-10 days to get it made. I needed a hearing aid TODAY. So they had temporary foam ear mold for me to use.

I struggled like 20 times to get it in since I had to squeeze it to get it in. I didn’t like how it wasn’t loud at all even when I had it on the highest volume control.

The audiologist then told me that they couldn’t order me a new hearing aid until I take a hearing test because apparently they only accept audiograms that were done in less than a year. The last one I had was 3 years ago. So they asked me to come in again on Friday morning for that so we can order a new hearing aid.

As the day went by…I realized that I still had my old hearing aid from before my cochlear implant surgery somewhere in a tiny box.

When I got home from work I begged Tyler to help me find it. I told him that finding my old hearing aid would be like him getting me flowers & cooking me dinner. So he pretty much emptied the closet leaving the office a total disaster. I then begged him to look in the guest room closet. As Tyler was throwing my old purses that I had stashed away in the closet, a light bulb came on for him. He said that my hearing aids were probably in the bag that I got with all of my equipment for my cochlear implant. We found my wedding dress and threw it out of the closet in the process of finding the bag. I opened the bag and saw the box! First I exaggerated by taking a deep breath and hoped that it was in there. I opened it and THIS IS WHAT I SAW!!!

There’s two of them! OMG, this was way better than when Tyler proposed to me…just kidding, sort of. I forced the tube on my old hearing aid and it works even though the tube is not the right kind which means my hearing aid is kind of hanging off of my ear. Looks dumb but I don’t care….at least I can hear now!

and I had to do this!

  • Chanel Jibal

    What a story!!! I hate when pets get to things that actually are important and take time and money to replace. I’ve had to replace things that cost more than the pets themselves lol. I’m glad you got your hearing aid. That would suck royally if you hadn’t had Tyler to help. :-)

  • http://samanthakayw.blogspot.com Samantha

    OMG! That is actually scary! Lol. I always freak the fuck out if I can’t find my hearing-aid. I understand crying & doing a huge sigh of relief at finding a solution or *the* hearing-aid. The thing that sucks is no one around me understands why I’m freaking out so much (I’m the only hard of hearing person in my family.) Anyway, I’m glad you have a hearing-aid. :)

  • http://hoperoth.com/blog Hope

    Naughty puppy!

  • http://www.angelanoelle.com Angela Noelle

    Oh wow, thank goodness you found your old hearing aids! That sounds like one of those situations where we say about our dogs, “It’s a good thing you’re cute!” Love the mug shot ;)

  • http://datelessndallas.com Bella

    OMG! That is crazy! I’m sorry that your doggie did that.. ughhh. I’m glad that you were able to find your backup and you got two of them! Your hubby is so sweet to have helped you out. I miss that when having a partner.

    Haha! That last pic was pretty cute.

  • http://www.why-girls-are-weird.com Krysten

    What a BUMMER. My dog is generally well behaved but my boyfriend’s dog… not so much. I fear the day when he chews something that is super important!

  • http://www.suburbansweetheart.com Suburban Sweetheart

    My cat chewed up my iPhone case – & I thought THAT was bad…

  • http://geeky-mama.com Cori

    I’m so glad you were able to find your old hearing aid! I hope you can get a new one that does what you want, how you want.

  • http://www.alightson.still-sharpe.com Ys

    Oh no! Naughty Cheerio… He’s a super cutie, though ;)

    I’m so glad you were able to find the old ones.

  • http://theinbetweenismine.com San

    Haha! That photo is priceless! Naughty puppy!

  • Erin

    LOL. I know this is old but I just happened across your blog. I too wear hearing aids and have since I was 3. I have had dogs eat mine as well, they love them! I had my now husband’s dog try to eat mine and I was so embarrassed it happened again. Glad to hear that someone else has experienced this.