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JinMing Zhang

JinMing holds an MBA, and has worked many years as a project manager and team leader in China’s global infrastructure development strategy called the Belt and Road Initiative. His hobbies include sports and reading. He finds his cochlear implants particularly suited to online learning. As such, he is currently continuing his education, taking psychology classes from the University of Toronto, and a variety of courses from the Kaplan Institute.   

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Reclaiming My Life with Two Cochlear Implants

Fri, 1 Oct 2021 By JinMing Zhang

When I was 21 and in college, I suffered a sports injury. As a part of the treatment, the school doctor gave me gentamicin, a drug that I found out later was ototoxic and can cause permanent hearing loss. At first, I noticed the ringing in my ears. But by the time my hearing was tested, I was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss that sloped down to 70 dB in the higher frequencies.