December 30, 2010

"Challenges" By David Cluff

A few weeks ago I was at a Boy Scout (BSA) Council to turn in all my eagle papers to get my eagle award. (To see my eagle project visit: http://www.davidseagleproject.blogspot.com/) My father and I were talking to a man at the council and asked he me a question: “What is the hardest thing, being hearing impaired, in scouting?” I thought about it and the first thing that came to my mind was campouts. It was a challenge each month as I prepared to camp with my scout troop. I knew I would be fine but I always had thoughts about “what if.” What if my implant broke or what if I can’t charge my implants? By following the scout motto, “Be Prepared,” I knew just what to do.

November 6, 2010

Looking Back By David Cluff

“Looking Back” By David Cluff


Today is the three year mark since I got my second cochlear implant surgery. I have been looking back on the past few years. November 6th 2007 was a life changing experience and one that I never dreamed of having.

October 4, 2010

Finding Balance By David Cluff

Finding Balance By David Cluff a deaf teen with cochlear implants.


For most people walking, running and standing come naturally. For some they have to be in wheelchairs or some assisted device.

Why I titled this “Finding Balance” is because 3 years ago I found out that I have no balance control in my inner ear. It all started when my dad told my Surgeon in 2007 that he thinks it is cool that I don’t get dizzy. Right after that my Surgeon sent me over to a different room to do some small 5 minute tests and the results led me to a major 4 hour test with a specialist. The results came and I had less than 2% of fluid left in my inner ear (the fluid that helps you keep balanced). This all happened a few weeks before I was going to get my 2nd implant. My doctor was worried that my body was holding on to the 2% and that if I got the 2nd implant it would take more fluid away.

September 9, 2010

Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds
By David Cluff

Lately I have been asked about “the best of both worlds”. Sometimes I feel like I am being pulled into one world and sometimes find it hard to balance it all. I live in the hearing world and in the deaf world.

August 30, 2010

2010 Award

Silent Moments, My Story just won the 2010 Top 15 Cochlear Implant Blogs award presented by
Medical Assistant Schools!
 
Thanks everyone who voted for this blog! I had no idea this was going on!
-David

August 17, 2010

Questions...

Some people will come up to me and ask me questions about my hearing or my story. The other day my friend asked me "What is it like when everything is silent?"

August 10, 2010

Standing Strong for who I am...

Sometimes we may feel like we can't go on but we must. We all can stand strong no matter what. Don't try to be another person...be who you are. I am a deaf teen with cochlear implants.
-David
Please Do Not Copy
Photo By David Cluff

July 10, 2010

From Silent Moments to Silent Day...

Most of my posts are about Silent Moment but not this one. This post is about a Silent Day.


This past week I was in Texas for a Family Reunion and we went to a water park. I was a little worried because I knew I would have to take my Cochlear Implants off since we are surrounded by water. I don’t mind not hearing but when I am in big crowds I feel a little lost. I thought “I can’t do this.” But then I remembered a little saying on my desk “Do Hard Things and Go the Distance”.

June 4, 2010


Today I am going to share another Silent Moment called finding that one voice.
The other day I had a hearing test where I had to repeat words and sentences in a booth. The first session is done in quiet and the next is with background noise. I mainly want to write about the session with background noise. In these sessions you will hear a voice saying “Ready…The cat ran away.” or “Ready…The boy fell down.” “Ready” is like a warning telling me to be ready to hear what I have to repeat.

June 1, 2010

The Drive Through...

When you go to a fast food place and you take the drive through since you are in a rush. Well here is another Silent Moment.
 Sometimes drive through are alright for me and other times they are useless.

May 31, 2010

Ever Wonder?

Ever wonder what it would be like to be deaf?

I have profound hearing loss and when I take my Cochlear Implants off I step into a silent world. When I can't hear it is as if the world is spinning so fast but I am standing still and watching.
One of the funniest silent moments is when I see someone yelling but I can't hear them. It looks as if they are trying to streach their mouth or something.

If you have questions or want to learn more about deafness, hearing aids and/or cochlear implants feel free to comment and ask. :)

-David a deaf teen who shares his silent moments.

May 3, 2010

New Website!

Here is the website that I made with the help of many! Go check it out at http://www.deafteens.org/.

Thank you,
David

April 4, 2010

I am Strong Enough to Stand By David Cluff

I am deaf…Can’t hear

But I am strong enough to stand

I may be different but I know who I am

I can communicate in a thousand ways for you to hear my view

I got a Cochlear Implants to help me hear your voice

I know I am deaf

But I am strong enough to stand

Standing for who I know to be

No one can change me or tell me who I am to be

I am strong enough to stand…

To stand in a world that is falling down…

Trying to pull me away from who I am

But I am trying to be strong in who I am

I am deaf and I found a way to hear my mother’s voice calling my name

I hear my father’s voice asking for a tool while under the sink

I am strong enough to fight the insurance, even though they may not understand who I am

I am strong enough to stand

Standing for who I am

I know I am deaf and no one can change that

When I feel like crashing down I hold on to my Heavenly Father’s hand never letting go…

When I feel strong enough to stand I still look upward to Him for the light

I am strong enough to be who I am meant to be.

I am a deaf teen with Cochlear Implants

(Everyone is different on how they handle their deafness.)