– My daughter and I are very close, and when she was living at home, we would talk every day. She’s the most important person in my life. I’ve been dealing with hearing loss for 15 years. People could definitely notice it. And it’s tough and it was getting tougher by the year. And then my daughter who was 17 at the time got into this great school out east. It was the school of her dreams, and as excited as I was for her, there’s just this gut twist that I had pretty quick because I just didn’t know how I was going to talk to her and communicate with her. The phone was not my friend. I was very worried that I was going to lose touch with the most important person in my life. That was my wake-up call. It was a big realization for me. I was not going to miss out on her first day of classes when she called and first explored New York City and got on a subway by herself. I don’t want to read that on a text. I did not want to miss out on any of that. Life is so much better after my Cochlear Implant, better than I ever anticipated. I’m able to hear one-on-one, I’m able to hear in groups, in meetings, and I can also FaceTime®, which is wonderful, especially if you have a child away at college. I can just pick up my phone and talk to her, so I can communicate. I can communicate and I feel like I’m back in the land of the living. 2,500 miles just doesn’t seem so far away now.