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My Beautiful Cyborg
16 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Two Years After Caroline's Last Deaf Day
January 28, 2018 was Caroline's last deaf day. Two years later - to the day - Caroline and Andreas catch up on the long podcast-free period (most of 2019): Caroline is listening to podcasts. A lot of them. Constantly. Caroline talks about her favourite podcasts, her favourite podcast and radio voices, what it's like to hear on vacation, a technical glitch over Christmas, how the sound of a doorknob will rock your world. And she talks lingering self-doubt.
20 minutes | May 2, 2019
One Colourful Evening...
In November 2018, Caroline and Andreas received a Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation "Courage Award," recognizing extraordinary efforts in approaching Caroline's hearing and loss, but also for their advocacy, awareness, and mentoring. The Courage Gala on April 12 was a memorable evening. The gala theme was "The Colours of Courage." There was food. There was drink. There was music. They got up in front of a thousand people and talked about hearing. Most epsiodes of My Beautiful Cyborg are explicitly about hearing. This episode is the evidence of hearing. With her ability to hear with her Cochlear implant, Caroline can be with friends and enjoy an evening out in a noisy public setting, and gets a chance to recount a night out - and NOT be corrected on the conversations she had, or what happened. This is what it sounds like to be amazed how hearing lets you enjoy other things. #deafnotdeaf #shecanhear #loveyourhearing https://www.glenrosefoundation.comhttps://topcooilsite.com
27 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
It's Celebration time. It's about time. In mid-February Caroline and Andreas traveled to Nashville to speak and take in Cochlear Celebration. It was all go go go and rush rush rush once they got back. One more big event with a talk, and another coming up at the end of May, the pair have had their hands full. Plus the mentoring, plus the day to day re-ordering of your life once it's been blown to unrecognizable but much better smithereens. Cochlear is Caroline's implant manufacturer. Every two years it invites all its implantees to gather (in the USA - in 2019 it was in Nashville, TN). There are lectures, information sessions, training, new product demos, free hardware service and cleaning, and just the real joy of being with people who know you're just like everyone else, but a little more like each other. When you gather together over 1000 cochlear implantees of all ages, and loved ones, there are going to be stories, memories, and awkward moments. The Celebration Time episode has it all -- catch up! http://www.mybeautifulcyborg.comTwitter: @mybionicearInstagram: mybeautifulcyborg ps: yes, we're dropping the whole numbered episode thing...you're welcome.
36 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
S2 E5: The Activation Episode
There are few times in life when the line between yesterday and today changes everything. January 28, 2018 was Caroline's last deaf day. The Activation Episode is about January 29, 2018. Caroline and Andreas listen to Caroline's activation audio. Activation was billboarded on multiple previous podcasts, but life took a turn as we learned to cope with being a hearing couple. It's been a year, okay? We think this episode was worth the wait. This isn't bombast and fanfare. This is awakening and discovery. As always, it's honest and raw, from the compressed tedium of setup and calibration, to Caroline's first hearing moment. And yes, you CAN hear it; best first words ever. Honestly? Listen. It's more fun to hear someone regain their hearing than to read about it. http://www.mybeautifulcyborg.com -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Good hearing promotes good health. Take the opportunity to visit an audiologist to make sure your hearing is healthy. Google: local audiologistFor more information about hearing loss or Cochlear Implants, please visit: https://www.cochlear.com/intl/home/understand
21 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
Season 2, Episode 4: WE HAVE NEW BOOMS!*
Caroline turns the tables and sits on the other side of the table as she asks Andreas about his hearing. Which is, in a word, unusual. It's another twist in a love story about hearing. Ironically, Andreas reveals that being able to hear everything isn't always what it's cracked up to be. But in the end, even if you live on opposite ends of the hearing spectrum, together is better. Caroline & Andreas will be speaking at Cochlear Celebration in Nashville, TN - https://www.cochlear.com/us/recipients/promo/celebration/index.html For the first Better Hearing Month (in May) Caroline's audiologist tested Andreas's hearing. And yes, getting to a hearing tests is hard to do. Put on your big girl/boy pants - get your hearing tested by a certified audiologist every five years. It's better than never, and it beats the average amount of time it takes for people to get checked because they think they're losing their hearing (8 to 10 years). http://www.mybeautifulcyborg.com *Long story short, it was the first time Caroline ever suggested a podcast title, even as a joke. Which this was. This gets explained early on, otherwise the title would be a distraction.
23 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
Season 2, Episode 3: The Mirror Episode
After a hectic Christmas holidays with family and friends, Caroline and Andreas settle back into whatever routine they can manage. In the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, they reflect on seemingly routine little things that stop them in their tracks. Conversations with normal flow, a stranger asking directions, a fart. They're major -- yes you read that right, a far...if you want to find out why a fart was a major sign of success, you'll just have to listen. Where was I...oh yes, a major fart. No, no, no. Blah blah blah, conversations with a normal flow, directions...a fart...all are major milestones. And yes, seriously, a fart was the sign of something important. We probably should have called it "the Fart Episode," but I mean, there's a line. Caroline's "Hearing Tip of the Week" is cheap, easy, and polite (and polite is sexy). It's not always pretty, but this episode, join My Beautiful Cyborg on what it's like to regain hearing. Sometimes it's a gas, which can be an epiphany. On epiphany.
20 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
Surgery Day +365
On December 12, 2018 Caroline and Andreas tried to have a normal morning. You know, do all the normal things like pack up a day bag, take a change of clothes, and hold your husband's hand uncomfortably tightly as you find your way to the hospital admissions desk. There's nothing much normal about implant surgery day. To celebrate implant surgery day, Caroline listens to something she's never heard before: audio from the pre-operative meeting with surgeon, Dr. Richard Liu. Before implant surgery, you have the opportunity to meet with the surgeon and ask questions. Caroline struggled to hear in the doctor's office with noisy ventilation (which is everywhere). For the first time since the consultation, she hears Dr. Liu and Andreas talk about the doctor's experience, the procedure, risks, and expected outcome from the cochlear implant surgery. Caroline has revelations - and questions - because, even though she was in the meeting, she didn't hear it. That's hearing loss. Join Caroline and Andreas as they celebrate one year of Caroline officially becoming My Beautiful Cyborg. And FTR, there are 9 years left on the implant warranty.
20 minutes | Nov 22, 2018
Season 2: Episode 1 - Sorry, I Broke the Podcast.
My Beautiful Cyborg returns. Finally. Caroline begins with an apology: "I broke the podcast!" What the heck happened? A deaf woman regained her hearing - that's the opposite of breaking something. Now Caroline is #deafnotdeaf. Why drop off the radar? It has to be all good news right? Absolutely. But it's possible to be overjoyed. Caroline and Andreas talk about coming out of the fog of reflection. They thought they had an exciting story to tell before. It turns out hearing is like an onion. A very big onion. My Beautiful Cyborg has discovered more about hearing and how it connects us than she imagined. She's finally ready to tell the story of her hearing, and yours.
25 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
Episode 16: Thank you / The World Hearing Day
March 3 is World Hearing Day. And 2018 was a very special World Hearing Day for Caroline for two reasons. First, Caroline can hear because she received a cochlear implant on December 12, 2017, and it was activated on January 29, 2018. As a result, Caroline wanted to do a second special thing: officially thank the people of Alberta and Canada for her hearing - because Canada has universal health care. Caroline and Andreas will never see a bill for the implant or processor. Andreas notes its impractical to thank everyone individually. Instead, in this episode, Caroline thanks the people of Alberta through her guest, Alberta's Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman. Before leaving, Minister Hoffman gives Caroline the scoop with news about a new infant screen program in Alberta that has already produced results. Special thanks to the Edmonton Office of Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.
16 minutes | Feb 17, 2018
Episode 13 - Take a Deep Breath
It's been just three weeks since Caroline could, very suddenly, hear again. Caroline's activation and hearing rehab were astonishingly fast. Now it's time to play catch up. Caroline talks a bit about the new hearing gadgets, and new friends as the pair make contact with other Cochlear Implantees around the world. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com
24 minutes | Feb 8, 2018
Episode 12 - Welcome to the Roller Coaster
A cochlear implant is a technical wonder, but it's also an existential feast. "I couldn't hear, and then I could." Caroline's Cochlear Kanso has been activated for one week. Caroline and Andreas share stories and observations from Caroline's first week of hearing - including the secret nightmare of the deaf. Real laughter. Real tears. Often at the same time. Welcome to the emotional roller coaster of week one. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com If you're concerned may be suffering hearing loss, visit the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association website. Cochlear - CI532 implant, Kanso Sound Processor
22 minutes | Jan 31, 2018
E11 - THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF MY LIFE
In May 2017, Caroline was referred to be evaluated for a cochlear implant. Before the end of summer she was an official candidate. On December 12 a neurotology surgical team lead by Dr. Richard Liu implanted Caroline with a Cochlear CI532 slim modiolar implant. ShaSha Shi is Caroline's audiologist. January 29, 2018: Caroline's activation day. Caroline and Andreas talk about the experience of activation day. Caroline explains what it's like to sift through a sea of new sound she can't understand. Caroline is also aware that she is a rare case of being able to hear not just speech, but discriminate between speakers, hear lyrics in music. The pair are experiencing firsts they haven't had in decades and it leaves them laughing and near tears trying to figure what it all means. Gratitude, confusion, astonishment. After 30 years of being deaf, Caroline says this is her golden ticket moment, but better. If it doesn't make sense don't worry. It's day one. Andreas and Caroline will revisit things when they're not living on adrenaline. Hello World. Caroline can hear you now.
29 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
E10 - A Day of Days
Today is activation day. If you're deaf, and then someone says "January 29 is the day you'll have access to a lot more sound again," yeah, that's a day of days. Andreas and Caroline talk about emotional freakouts and how waiting is brutal. Andreas outlines the activation procedure, then a nervous lack of focus makes an appearance. Caroline restores order by talking about what she images will change once she experiences sound through a new digital ear and neural array. This is where the story of My Beautiful Cyborg really begins. Caroline says, "Today is the first day, truly, of the rest of my life."
18 minutes | Jan 10, 2018
E9 - The Complete Post-Surgery Guide on How to Stifle a Sneeze
This episode is a long-delayed follow-up to the recovery episode, but Caroline needed a little break (the Recovery episode really tuckered her out). But first, Caroline catches up on some firsts: first post-surgery hair (because they shaved off a big bald spot on the right side), what Caroline calls her beautiful scar (if you can find it), and the new Cyborg provides a complete guide on how to execute a successful, if not gracefully, post-surgery sneeze; because but when you've just had a cochlear implant, the sensation of blowing the darn thing out of your head is real. Caroline can barely tell the story - because she's laughing. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @mybionicear My Beautiful Cyborg is an evolving podcast, following Caroline - a new cyborg, who has received a cochlear implant. MBC follows each stage from assessment, to candidacy, preparation, surgery, recovery, activation, and hearing rehabilitation.
22 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
E8 - The Recovery
Episode 8 is called "The Recovery," but it starts with gratitude. It's been a week since Caroline had a cochlear implant surgically installed into her right ear. After an overnight stay in hospital Caroline was cleared to go home. The entire experience of getting a cochlear implant is new, so first things first, Caroline wanted comfort food. Caroline shares her observations - and what she can remember about her hospital experience - which is more, and less, than you'd think. She'll probably talk about it more as it comes back to her. There was a lot to see and hear for someone who had needs glasses and hearing aids. Caroline says she had one job to do: show up healthy, fall asleep on cue. Mission accomplished. This is the post-surgery recovery episode. Caroline is officially My Beautiful Cyborg.
15 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
E7 - My Beautiful Cyborg
It's December 12: surgery day. After a lifetime of declining hearing, Caroline is going to receive a CI532 cochlear implant. We have a talk in car on the way to the hospital, and then simply let Caroline's surgeon, Dr. Richard Liu, describe the cochlear implant procedure, the risks, techniques, and what he loves about doing the procedure. Today is the day Caroline becomes My Beautiful Cyborg. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com
18 minutes | Dec 11, 2017
E6 - 'Twas the Night Before Surgery...
With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore... 'Twas the night before surgery, and all through the house, the crying and fretting was stressing the spouse. There aren't a lot of days you can put your finger on a calendar and say, "Yep, that's the day my life utterly and forever changed for the better." That's the hope Caroline is facing. And then there's the fear of the unknown, and anxiety. A cochlear implant IS technically neurosurgery after all. What could go wrong? Sickness? Yeah, Caroline had a near brush with that just days before surgery. Then Caroline misses a date WITH a brush - but if there was ever a good reason to miss a haircut, this was it. Then we focus on the the internal life of our proto-cyborg: Caroline (and Andreas) talk about the emotional roller coaster in the days leading to surgery. Meet Jim. Jim is a good man. A patient man. Caroline sits down with her coffee pal as he recounts what it takes to get to know a hard of hearing or deaf person. Finally. Tomorrow is the day. Deep breath. Caroline is ready to become My Beautiful Cyborg. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com A MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE: "To my family and friends and new online friends and followers: Thank you for you support and encouragement! I've had some amazing opportunities and adventures in my life. Nothing compares to this. Nothing. Not even close. Tomorrow is the first of a few milestones. I have to be (a) patient through recovery. Then it's going to be time to get down to the work of re-learning to hear. I'm so ready for this, thanks to you. And thank you to the people of Alberta for the gift of a cochlear implant. And thank God for all of you."
9 minutes | Dec 6, 2017
E5 - The Ironic Episode
So there we were, recording an episode on the reliability of technology, especially when it's installed in your body, and the studio computer died. Well, it didn't die exactly, but it was unusable with a problem that was equally spontaneous, mysterious, and frustrating. Episode 5 is the laptop episode. The good news is Caroline spoke with Melanie Monaghan, the audiologist who referred Caroline to be evaluated for an implant. Caroline forgets she's conducting an interview, and it becomes just your average every day discussion about having a electronics installed in your body so you can hear normally. But Melanie's story is also complicated, because she suffered a childhood accident and other medical issues that required her to have multiple surgeries. All's well that ends well - she has her master's degree in audiology. My Beautiful Cyborg talks to another beautiful cyborg, just days before her surgery.
38 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
S1 E4 - What if "Hearing-Caroline" is awful?!
After months of appointments, tests, reading, more reaching, discussion, counseling, and a final bit of consultation, Caroline is less than two weeks from her implant surgery. There's no need to qualify that with "life changing," Caroline's mind is filled with pre and post surgery thoughts. Everything is unfamiliar. She's already started to think about all the positive changes coming, and it's freaking her out. A bit. "Overwhelmed" is how Caroline describes what she's feeling - an overwhelming sense of gratitude, adventure, and uncertainty. "What if hearing Caroline is awful? What if I turn into a bitch?" In today's episode, Caroline mines her thoughts, and then she shares a Q&A with a group of friends during her annual Christmas party. "Is it going to be unsettling?" Caroline provides answers and insights to the group, about what it's like to lose your hearing and the implant process. In turn her friends provide lots of love and support with stories and insights of their own. It's a pre-surgery love-in with friends from all parts of life. Even the form of the conversation takes Caroline's hearing into account - it's one speaker at a time. That's the kind of conversation that puts a smile on My Beautiful Cyborg. Next Episode: Monday, December 4, 2017 http://mybeautifulcyborg.com Caroline's Cochlear Implant Manufacturer - COCHLEAR USA
19 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
E3 - A Fly On The Wall
This year is a special year. This year, Christmas and cochlear implant season go hand in hand. That means schedules are chaotic and time is limited. Rather than a normal studio sit-down with Caroline about her progress to implant surgery on December 12, we just wired her up and sent her on her way. This episode you'll be a fly on the wall, listening with Caroline as she talks with friends and strangers about hearing loss, and being a cochlear implant candidate. Everyone has a story. Listen in on a chat during a stroll to get flu shots (because if you're getting an implant, you definitely want to avoid the flu), and eavesdrop on two conversations with Caroline's friends. You'll find out the last time Caroline talked on the phone (hint: it's measured in years), and the most important advice for all cochlear implant candidates. My Beautiful Cyborg: This is what conversations about hearing sound like. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com
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