Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Story

Newcomers to this blog may not know me and know about what kind of hearing I have now and have had before. This post is my story.

My Hearing Right Now

My hearing right now is good enough that, other than asking people to repeat more often than others, I function just like anyone else. I rely mostly on my hearing aid and I am learning to hear with the cochlear implant.

My Sudden Deafness Story

I wrote a lot about my last experience going deaf in another blog. I will post excerpts and links here.


This morning I lost my hearing. I am completely deaf now. This happened to me 10 years ago. I was pastoring a small church in Texas and studying at East Texas Baptist University. If it follows the pattern, I will be deaf for a few months and my hearing will return. If it doesn't well, only God knows…

Quiet Time

Today I had a CT scan done. I'll get the results in two days. Our best guess is that the cause of my hearing loss is Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome. I have experienced hearing loss in the past, twice, 10 years ago and 20 years ago. Both times, my hearing returned after a long delay. Hopefully this will happen again…

Do you know how to whistle?

I know it's been a while since I've written. Honestly, there hasn't been news to write about. I spent 2 weeks in bed after suffering from sudden onset hearing loss. I spent the next two weeks doing little more than that… Today I was playing with Nilson and whistling to him. I heard myself. Not much, only one tone, but I heard it. It made me smile and laugh. Actually, it was only 10 minutes ago that this happened, so you can see that I am excited…

Hearing Test

Today I am going to have my 3rd hearing test since I went deaf. The first test showed zero response to any frequency. The second test two weeks later showed zero response to all frequencies, except one, which I could hear vaguely at 90 db. I expect today I will be hearing a number of frequencies…

A Quiet Victory

My hearing test results showed that I have recovered some hearing on all frequencies (sounds I heard were over 100 dB). I still don't have useable hearing, but this test shows that I am on the road to recovery. God's still working on me…

I am sure I have posted other things in other places, but this gives a little record for those who might be interested. Maybe it will be an encouragement to you. God bless.



  1. Hello! Would you consider submitting your blog in the Deaf Village aggegrator?

    Vivie - Deaf Village Moderator

  2. Hi Vivie,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. Yes, I would like to submit my blog. How could I do that? Thank you for the invitation.

  3. I'm glad that your hearing is getting better, Stephen. Your blog sure is an inspiration to those who had a hearing loss. Thanks for sharing your story.

    -Rebecca Kavel

  4. Steve, thoughts and prayers are with you on your full recovery after your cochlear implant. I have seen your other blogs and I know you’re a good person with a good heart. I know this is just of the many challenges that I’m sure you will courageously face. Your condition is not a hopeless case, thanks to modern technology, there are patients who recover up to a near-normal hearing state.

    Serena Outland