My name is Dennis and this is why I volunteer.

I went deaf in my left ear at the age of 27, and 18 years later I also went deaf in my right ear from an illnessD Stelling1 called Meniere’s disease.

It was after losing my hearing in my right ear that I asked if there was anything that could be done for my hearing loss. I expected to hear “no.” Instead I was told I was very likely a candidate for a cochlear implant.

After a hectic two months, I received my first implant, and the results were beyond my expectations. I thought I would maybe get a little sound back, not nearly all of my hearing. It had such a profound effect on my life.

Being a volunteer is something I decided to become. It became a natural outgrowth of the results from the first cochlear implant. After getting the second implant, this desire to help others through the process has become a huge part of my life. Many people do not have any idea how much a cochlear implant could help them. And even if an implant is not the right choice for them, right now, simply making people aware that this option exists is so important. As a person who went deaf later in life, silence can be frightening. I am happy to be able to share with people that silence does not need to be their fate. I am proof of that.

And that is why I volunteer.

Dennis S.

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