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Jack Leisure

Jack is a semi-professional photographer and the owner of a small business, along with his wife of 48 years, Patricia. They love traveling, cruising, and seeing the world, a love they developed while in the military and stationed overseas. While they are only three states short of having visited all 50 in the United States, they live in the St. Louis metro area. Jack had a progressive hearing loss in his left ear that eventually led to his obtaining a cochlear implant. He enjoys mentoring others about his experiences and how it has changed his life and his relationship with his family.

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Connect with CI Mentors

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 By Jack Leisure

Recently, I was reading entries on the Advanced Bionics (AB) Facebook page. A wife was pleading for help for her husband, who was giving up on using his processor. He had no one to talk to and wasn’t prepared for the issues he was having. Someone mentioned to the woman that her husband should speak to a cochlear implant mentor to get ideas and maybe find some answers. The wife was totally unaware of mentors. She asked if they worked for AB and how she and her husband might find one in their area. This brings me to the subject of my blog today.

Understand Speech Again with a Cochlear Implant

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 By Jack Leisure

I first discovered my hearing loss in Germany when I was serving in the U.S. Air Force and was selected for a special duty assignment for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP). This assignment, however, required a few prerequisite evaluations, one of which was a hearing test. After shipping our household belongings to the States and preparing ourselves for leaving Germany in two weeks, I received notification that my orders had been canceled because I had failed my hearing test.