My Cochlear Story: Part 1

I’ve had a hearing loss most of my life.  When I was one I had spinal meningitis and as a result of that (or the antibiotics) I lost half of the hearing in my left ear and some in my right.  When I was a freshman in high school, I was riding the bus to school and lost all of it in my right ear.  The doctors couldn’t explain what happened, so we tried different things to see if it would come back and nothing worked.  At the time, my parents had me tested to see if I would be a candidate for a Cochlear Implant.  I was not.

By God’s grace alone I made it through high school, college and beyond with a hearing aid, FM system, and a lot of struggles and triumphs in regard to my hearing loss.

About 4 years ago I decided that I wanted to try again, and see if I was a candidate for a Cochlear Implant.  I wasn’t.  My speech recognition scores were too high.  I was crushed.  But God is good.  I still had some hearing in my left ear, medical instruments that weren’t around even 50 years ago, and family and friends that were willing to repeat things as needed.

After the 2nd attempt at getting an implant failed, I figured God was closing the door and I wasn’t supposed to seek medical healing for my hearing loss.  About a year ago, I began to feel convicted that I wasn’t seeking physical healing from The One who can give it.  At first I resisted, but Jesus still pursued me.  I went down and asked for prayer from my Pastors.  They anointed me with oil and prayed for healing.  Nothing seemed to happen.  I went down another Sunday and still nothing.  I began to wonder if I had heard the Spirit right or not.

So I waited…

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