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Meet Jeff Bonnell, GCDHH’s own former Hard of Hearing board member!

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Greetings I’m Jeff Bonnell, State Director for GA for the Hearing Loss Association of America and I am from Worthington, Ohio. I was born deaf in my right ear. My left ear compensated for my deaf ear so well most people didn’t know I was deaf in one ear. That was until I had a minor stroke in 1999. I lost 95% of my hearing in my ‘good’ ear. My excellent audiologist fitted me with a hearing aid and I could hear! Over the next 15 years, my hearing deteriorated and stronger hearing aids helped. Then in 2015, I could hear but I could no longer understand ‘ I had outgrown my hearing aid. Cochlear implant surgery followed and my hearing has improved immensely. I hear and I understand! I learned to read lips as a youngster and I still use that skill to ‘fill in’ for words I didn’t hear.


MAY, 4, 2021