And they did! I came across the Auditory Brainstem Implant on the internet, and this was the start of another journey in my life. I launched my hEAR (Help my EAR hEAR) campaign. I designed shirts and sold them to raise funds for my implant. I underwent a series of tests: audiometric tests, ASSR, and EAM/promontory stimulation to assess if I would benefit from the Cochlear Implant. It was a positive result—my left auditory nerves were still viable! In April 2008, I had my Cochlear Implantation, very rare for a NF2 patient and the moment of truth happened on May 16, 2008, my SWITCH ON. I heard the sounds of the world after 2 years of silence. My CI worked! Currently, I can now detect more environmental sounds and identify male vs. female voices. I know it may take more time to understand those sounds, but soon I will be able to hEAR you all again . . . clearly.
***my poster for aanoa. panalo ang model syempre! haha!