Melissa was born deaf in both ears. Using a hearing aid in one ear for a number of years, she successfully learned to talk. Unfortunately, her hearing deteriorated as the years went on and she began to fall behind in class. Worried she might never enjoy music again, she was nervous about having a cochlear implant activated. When the activation was successful, she was ecstatic.
Melissa shared her background story as well:
"I was born deaf in both ears. I got my first hearing aid just before my first birthday and I could hear with that. That was a big difference - I went from having no hearing in that ear to being able to hear the rain on the roof of my car when we were driving home after the activation. There were so many noises that I hadn't heard before."
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