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Tina Mancuso

Tina is a computer programmer who lives in northern Virginia with Ray, her husband of 21 years, who has been an incredible source of support through multiple hearing losses. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, riding roller coasters, reading, knitting, crocheting, and making chainmail.

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My Cochlear Implant Saved Me from Constant Fears of Worsening Hearing Loss

Thu, 13 May 2021  by  Tina Mancuso

I was 30 years old and on a cruise when I first noticed a problem with my hearing. A creaking sound woke me up one night, and when I rolled onto my right side, I could no longer hear it. When I returned home, a hearing test confirmed a severe hearing loss in my left ear, which did not improve with treatment. A conventional hearing aid did make everything louder, but it did not improve clarity, and I still had to rely on my right ear, for the most part.