Contributors | PinDrop Foundation Latest update from Blog en-us Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:54:34 +1300 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:54:34 +1300 60 My Sounds of Life Experience, by Aynsley Staessens <img src="" width="200" /> On Friday 10 th June, my hubby and I navigated our way through the Auckland afternoon motorway traffic to arrive at the Sound of Life photo exhibition launch at The Thievery Studio on K-Road.&nbsp; The photos taken by Lara from Soul Sisters were outstanding.&nbsp; I had comments... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:45:20 +1300 The Sounds of Life Launch Night <img src="" width="200" /> I was then greeted by another couple of cheerful faces, one I had met at a previous meeting, and who is also one of the faces in the photo exhibition. &nbsp; I was handed a glass of wine and was delighted to look around the room and sight several Cochlear Implants behind some ears!&nbsp;... Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:23:13 +1300 My Boating Experience by Laurie Barber <img src="" width="200" /> I wanted to share an experience I had recently on my first solo travel expedition post implant. I was asked by a friend to come and cruise on his launch for 7 days in Marlborough Sounds. The worry for me was getting there- through the airport ad all the drama involved with self check in... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:16:21 +1300 CI Team Meeting with Annette King by Josie Calcott <img src="" width="200" /> &nbsp; SUMMARY OF OUR CI TEAM MEETING WITH ANNETTE KING: by Josie Calcott In response to Lyn Polwart&#39;s letter sent at the end of last year, a meeting was set up with Annette King in her Wellington office on Thursday 18 February. Lyn, Karel and I flew down and introduced... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:19:08 +1300 Laurie's Story <img src="" width="200" /> BEFORE: My hearing loss became extremely noticeable to everyone except me. One needs to realise and accept the disability and I did not for many years. &nbsp;I bumbled through and learnt to lip read. The hurt and humiliation is unimaginable to most and the damage to a marriage can... Sun, 01 Nov 2015 08:23:24 +1300 My Story: by Raewyn Moffitt <img src="" width="200" /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; I was first diagnosed with sensory neural hearing loss at the age of 17, and apart from my mum using a hearing aid in her fifties, my dad and three siblings all had very sharp hearing; so I lived in a... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:44:01 +1300 My Journey with deafness, by Donna Smith <img src="" width="200" /> &nbsp; Hello, I&rsquo;m Donna Smith When I&#39;m using the word deaf it is with small &lsquo;d&rsquo;. The word Deaf with a big &lsquo;D&rsquo; is embraced by the Deaf community who communicate using sign. Deafness is one of the most common disabilities worldwide.... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:30:49 +1300 Switch on! It’s magic! It’s immediate! It’s fun! It’s wondrous! I was grieving for the loss of my hearing but also for the loss of my personality. I can&rsquo;t tell you the joy I experienced to know that I was to get a cochlear implant. The news came a few days before my birthday in 2013 and I was switched on two months later. Switch on!... Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:20:51 +1300