Welcome to Deaf Be Not Proud!

Portrait of Michelle peeking over reading glassesHi, I’m Michelle “Chelle” Harris!

I started this blog back in 2010 but, over the years, I got distracted and never kept up with it. Being a single parent, full-time worker, freelancer with a side business and a graduate student at the time, I let the blog die and even lost my domain name. It’s always been in the back of my mind to get things going again but just never got motivated.

Resurrection Day

It’s my resurrection day and just in time for Easter too! Over the past few months, I became a regular writer and contributor for MDHearingAid.com. This really gave me the kick in the behind to get things going again. After more than 10 years, I’m so excited to dig up my old posts and add in some new ones. Technology has really changed since I first had my cochlear implant surgery.  I truly believe that the things I have to share are invaluable, so stay tuned for so much more.

Here’s Where to Start…

First, read about me to find out why I started this blog. Next, follow along as I tell about my personal experiences starting from the first day I had surgery for a cochlear implant. My ongoing blog posts take you through my continued journey of adapting to a cochlear implant while also reflecting back on the years when I first noticed that I started to lose my high-frequency hearing. While I left off on my original posts shortly following my surgery in 2011, I’ve got so much left to share. So, please bear with me as I dig into years of old notes, photos and social media posts.

Where to Next?

To this day, doctors still don’t know why I started losing my hearing in my late 20s, but it’s now considered to be a genetic condition that I’ve passed on to two of my kids. While all three of my boys are now grown, so far their hearing doesn’t seem to be deteriorating as mine did. Hopefully, they haven’t passed this on to any of my nine grandchildren. So far, so good. <insert cross-fingers emoji> In the meantime, I’ve since upgraded to a fancy-schmancy new Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor (more on that in an upcoming post).

Follow Me!

In addition to my personal recollections, if you’re looking for information on hearing loss and deafness, including resources and products, this is the place to be. I will regularly add information, so check back often. Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



P.S. If you have anything to ask or share, please do so. I’d love to hear from you…

About Post Author

Michelle Harris

Michelle (aka "Chelle") is owner/founder of Shel-Shok, LLC (marketing agency) and Green Matter, Limited (environmental education). She started losing her hearing back in the '90s for no known reason. In 2011, she had surgery for a cochlear implant, which has dramatically changed her life. Since then, her aim has been to educate others and eliminate stigmas associated with hearing loss.

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