We are so excited to present our new Young Adults Blog, which offers an important perspective through the eyes of a talented young woman. The writer, Miranda Meyers, is a college student who was implanted in early childhood and received her second CI at the age of eighteen. I hope you enjoy Miranda's first post. I can't wait to see her future contributions. Welcome Miranda!
Hello all! My name is Miranda Meyers and I am a 20-year old student at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. I am deaf and have two cochlear implants. I was born deaf but my parents did not learn that I was deaf until I was 18 months old. My parents have typical hearing, so after a lot of research they decided a cochlear implant would be the best option for me. I received my first implant at two years of age and my second one at age 18. I am so thankful for my parents’ choice because if it weren’t for my ability to hear with my cochlear implants, I would not be where I am today. It’s been a long journey of hard work, but it’s been so worth it.
I was born in New York City and was raised in New Jersey. I went to the Summit Speech School in New Jersey for preschool and attended a mainstream public school beginning in kindergarten. I was in mainstream classrooms throughout my school career with accommodations like preferential seating, an FM system, and notetaking. The Summit Speech School prepared me so well for mainstream education. I was a very successful student throughout all stages of my school career and continue to be one. I graduated from high school with honors, and I am in the honors program here at RIT.
Advocating for cochlear implants has been a very important part of my life and my family’s as well. My mother is a filmmaker and made a short film called 95 Decibels about her and my dad’s experience with having a deaf child and deciding to give her the gift of hearing. I even make a cameo at the end of the film! The film has been shown all around the world from New York City to Dublin, Ireland. It is a beautiful story that provides a platform to initiate a discussion on this decision. The film was shown at the ACI Alliance CI2013 Symposium in Washington, D.C. My mother and I participated on a panel after the film to answer questions and discuss my life. It was wonderful to talk about it and answer questions from professionals in the field. It was a very proud moment in my life and I hope to be able to continue to advocate for cochlear implants on a large scale.
I hope to use this blog to share my experiences relating to my deafness and my life as a young adult with cochlear implants. Life is a little different as a cochlear implant user compared to a typically hearing person my age, but there are many more similarities than differences. I hope to help other people my age as well as professionals in the field better understand my generation’s life in between the hearing and deaf worlds. I can’t wait!