• Quote from Christopher's Mom: It is my duty as a mother to prepare my children for the future. I have to take maximum advantage of this time because when you lose it, it doesn’t come back. Doing therapy for me is as important as giving them food to eat because it nourishes their vocabulary, their expression, and their independence. I may not be the best mother, but I believe I am the one that they need. I love them with my soul. SPANISH TRANSLATION: Es mi deber como madre preparar a mis hijos para el futuro. Tengo que aprovechar el tiempo al máximo porque ese cuando se pierde no vuelve. Hace la terapia para mi es tan importante como darles de comer porque sé que esto les alimenta su vocabulario, su expresión, y su independencia. Sé que tal vez no soy la mejor madre pero creo que soy la que ellos necesitan. Los amo con el alma.

    Christopher L.

    "Preparing for the Future"
  • As a bilateral cochlear implant user living life to the fullest as an independent communicator, I am very thankful that my parents chose to teach me to listen and talk through the Auditory-Verbal Center. I couldn’t possibly be attending UGA and be on the path I am after college if it wasn’t for listening and talking. I am able to enjoy life like any other hearing person. Sign language wouldn’t have given me that possibility. There is no doubt in my mind that my parents made the best possible choice for me. I am now a senior at UGA majoring in Economics with a minor in Statistics. I'm very excited to see what life has in store for me after I graduate! GO DAWGS!

    Christopher T.

    "GO DAWGS!"
  • (as told by Annabeth’s parents) Annabeth was eight months old when she did not hear me call her name one morning. Two weeks later, we learned that Annabeth has congenital bilateral profound hearing loss. Her diagnosis left us blind-sided, confused, and frightened. Moreover, we did not know what to do for her. Our audiologist suggest Annabeth begin working with an AV-therapist at AVC. For three months prior to her receiving her first cochlear implant, we attended weekly sessions—she began to understand the routine, and I learned habits that would help me teach her when her implant was activated. She received her first implant at 12 months and her second four months later. We continued to drive into Atlanta once a week - learning to hear, learning to listen, learning to speak. Some days were very difficult, others were days to celebrate. Now, as a graduate from the Auditory-Verbal program, you would never guess she was once without sound. She dis­tinguishes between sounds, comprehends words, dances to any music she hears, sings along with her favorite prin­cesses, whispers “I love you bunches”, and out-talks her extroverted older brother! We are so grateful for the hard work we put into helping Annabeth hear and speak. And we know that while technology and physicians are wonderful, Annabeth’s success would only be a fraction of what it is now without the lessons we learned at AVC. AVC is more than therapy; it is a safe place for all of us affected by hearing loss to learn, grow, and flour­ish. Activating Annabeth’s implant did not deliver an instant solution to the challenges of hearing loss; it was only a step in a long journey. Thankfully, AVC was our experienced guide and led us with knowledge, experience, creativity, humor, patience and a great deal of love and compassion.

    Annabeth B.

    "I love you bunches"
  • At 38 years old, I was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss in my right ear caused by an unknown virus. Soon after I was diagnosed, I was fitted with a hearing aid. I was never fully satisfied with it and got tired of wearing it. When I met AVC’s Audiologist at my job’s annual health fair at Coca-Cola Company (now retired), I fell in love with her and pursued getting another hearing aid. Because of my particular hearing loss, AVC introduced me to Bi-CROS (contra lateral routing of signals) hearing aid technology. Before my Bi-CROS hearing aid, if I was walking next to someone and they were on my right I couldn’t hear them. This type of hearing aid is also helpful in many day-to-day situations—I don’t have to think so much about positioning myself so my hearing ear will be towards other people. The Audiologist also introduced me to the neck loop—an assistive listening device (ALD) that would allow me to use the telephone and be “hands free” so I can write and/or use my computer more efficiently while on the telephone. My new hearing aid is awesome; it does so much on its own. I don’t know what I would do without it. I would be lost without my hearing aid.

    Harriet G.

    “Hands free”