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Billy 2.0 – The Beginning of the End

Every cochlear implant blog I’ve read is the same. I thought I’d be the one to buck the trend. Unfortunately, I’ve done exactly the same thing that everyone blogging about the journey to getting a bionic ear does – stop updating their blog at about six months after switch on. I don’t know why, but

The Brand: Developing a new identity with Arthur Kade and Custom Logo Shop

Take a moment to familiarise yourself with Arthur Kade. He’s a ‘personality’ whose greatest claim to fame appears to be featuring in Philadelphia magazine’s most-read story of 2009. He refers to himself as ‘The Brand’. I’m not sure what his brand is, apart from incredible levels of self delusion. The reason I bring up The Brand

I saw a painting today…

…were the words I read on a friend’s facebook status this morning. This was the painting, featured on Winship Creations’ facebook page. Click on the painting to read the comments. It appears to show a young child having a cochlear implant bolted onto their head with a hand drill, and without any anaesthetic. It’s deliberately

Google Glass: The Deaf community’s disruptive innovation

The video at the top of this page is an interesting time capsule. It’s Eric Sykes, talking to Jack Ashley on See Hear about his special glasses, which are in fact hearing aids. They use bone conduction technology to transmit sound into his inner ear. A year from now, Google will be selling a pair

Billy 2.0 – Learning to Read Again

The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling – a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension – becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it. Ian Fleming, Casino Royale Since going bionic, I’ve started reading books

Billy 2.0 – A Trial Separation

This is one of the most difficult updates I’ve ever had to write. I’ve written and rewritten this, and there’s no easy way of putting it so I’m just going to say it. When my implant was switched on last December, it was the end of a lifelong relationship. For the last four months, I’ve

The day I almost went to a deaf school

The other day I started going through my address book in some sort of attempt to be grown up and organised. I was shocked to find that of the 3,500 people in my contacts list, quite a few of them had passed away in the last few years. There was my Grandma’s mobile number, who

Billy 2.0 – Getting my new audiogram

The above is an audiogram. Most deaf people have seen one of these before, but if you’re like me, you won’t have bothered to find out what they mean, other than ‘You are deaf. You are very, very, very deaf.’ From left to right, the audiogram is arranged like the keys on a piano, with

Billy 2.0 – Two steps forward, one step back

I’ve been switched on for a month now. It’s been a really steep learning curve, and after two tuning sessions I’m starting to feel like I’m getting close to the potential of the technology itself. I can hear all sorts of stuff now, that I won’t bore you with. Hearing stuff is easy now. Identifying