About

Hello and welcome to Hearing Spanglish. My name is Carrie Spangler and I am excited to share my journey of becoming a cochlear implant recipient. I want to share a little historical information so that you can all relate to my upcoming journey. I am currently in my mid forties. When I was born, universal newborn hearing screening was not something that was even thought of yet! I did have complications at birth resulting in lack of oxygen. Fast forward a few years and my speech and language skills were behind. After many visits to many different doctors ( and my parents continuously questioning my hearing) I was identified with a mild sloping to profound hearing loss in both ears at the age of 4. This is where my journey with hearing aids began.

My entire family is hearing and spoken English is our native, first language as a family. I attended my neighborhood school and was the only child with hearing aids at the school (or at least that I knew of!). Certainly was difficult to be the one and only at times!

After high school, I attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders. I attended the University of Akron for graduate school and earned my Masters in Audiology. In 2005, I earned my clinical doctorate in Audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Being an audiologist with hearing loss brings a personal and professional perspective to hearing. Over the past few years, I have noted that it is more difficult to hear and understand especially when the group is larger and the environment is compromised. I kept telling myself that maybe I wasn’t paying good enough attention. Testing confirmed otherwise. My hearing had declined some and my auditory discrimination scores had decreased.

This blog is MY journey towards the cochlear implant process. Keep reading and visiting to share in this journey as I venture through this process. I hope that by sharing, you will be encouraged and willing to be an encourager! Welcome to Hearing Spanglish!

9 Replies to “About”

  1. Carrie I am thrilled for you. I’m sure you are somewhat apprehensive but you have love and support from all of us during this journey. I am here anytime to talk or vent because I’m sure there will be challenges and frustrations. You are an exceptional person and friend so god will always be with you. ❤️ Lynn Wirtz

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  2. So excited for you! You are such a blessing to me in my life and such amazing woman! Every time I think about you and this process I get teary! You have been an amazing supporter for me in my life and all my health journeys. So glad we get to be here for you. Love you much! Prayers always!

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  3. It is a true joy to see the amazing plan God has prepared for you. I’m sure there has been, and will be, ups and downs, but He wouldn’t have put just anyone on this special path!
    I am in awe of your courage and strength. We are here for you, and your family, as much as you need us, day or night! ❤️

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  4. You are one of my closest friends and I am blessed to have you in my life! I am so excited for you and will do anything you need up to and after the CI.

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