Chad’s Hearing Journey
It wasn’t very long ago, just 12 months, I sat in my Doctor’s office with tears streaming down my face begging him to not let me go deaf. As he rolled his stool up in front of me, he looked me in the eyes and said, “Chad, I am not going to let you go deaf but it is time to talk about the next step, let me give you a cochlear implant.” Life was so different then, my world was crashing down around me and I had no idea what to do. I was trying to find someone to teach my son and I American Sign Language, trying to put a plan together so that I would still be able to communicate with the world. My son was 12 at the time and his role as a child had changed from being a kid, to being Daddy’s ears. I was afraid to go in public without him, because it seems no one understands that your ears are broken, because you look perfectly normal on the outside. In reality, I was a very scared man, very confused and unsure of my future.
Enough of that fear stuff! I am Chad Denning, I am 44 years old and I am a world changer! I am deaf, but I can hear and hear very well at that. I am just 10 months post activation and with a lot of hard work, I just graduated from school. I have started my own Production and Multimedia Company, I just finished my third commercial, my first commissioned book cover, and I will be producing 3 local TV shows this year: one of them my very own called, “Have You Heard?” I told myself that when I got my implant, I would not be defined by my disability, but by my ability to touch other people’s lives. I am helping people around the world, every day as they take this next step in their hearing journey.
So quit living in fear, talk to your Otolaryngologist about a cochlear implant. With a little hard work and some patience, you will learn to hear again. You too will gain your life back and become part of a family, one that’s united by sound, The Cochlear Family!