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Peggy Ellertsen

Peggy Ellertsen is a Speech/Language Pathologist and advocate for people with hearing loss who currently serves with Hearing Loss Association of America’s Advancing Communication Access in Health Care Settings program. A Certified Peer Mentor for Hearing Loss and past member of the HLAA Board of Directors, Peggy lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband Bob.

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I’m a Mentor for Those with Hearing Loss. Here’s How I Tell Them to Face Unexpected Hearing Challenges

Thu, 18 Mar 2021  by  Peggy Ellertsen

On the morning of July 3, 2017, after decades of reliance on hearing aids to help me cope with progressive, debilitating hearing loss, I began a new chapter in my years-long hearing loss journey when I received a cochlear implant (CI) at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. The decision to take this step had been long in coming, my significant and stubborn ambivalence finally giving way to encouragement from my peers who had Cis, and my efforts to educate myself about them.