A Hearing Loss & Late Deafened Blog

TIRED OF SAYING WHAT?

In Cochlear Implants, Deafness, Hearing aids, Hearing Loss, Meniere's, Tinnitus, Vertigo on December 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm
SWC is an acronym for the SayWhatClub.  I joined SWC back in 2001 when I was at my lowest point and feeling alienated from everything around me because of my hearing loss.  What I discovered was many people who appeared to have gone through what I did but were in a better place in their lives.  I had no idea how many people had hearing loss because it certainly felt as though I was the only one for a very long time.
SWC is an on-line community where people understand who we are and what we’re going through.  The great part was not only meeting people from across the U.S. but meeting people from New Zealand, England, India, Africa and several other countries.  To know that there are so many people out there going through or having gone through the same experience is truly an enlightment.

SWC has several lists (with a maximum of 99 people on a list) that share feelings, frustrations and humor without having to explain and repeat ourselves.

If you were recently diagnosed with hearing loss and feel confused about hearing aids, we have many experienced hearing aid users who’ve been there and done that. We can tell you how to be a smart consumer and not just settle for just any price given to you. How to pick a good audiologist, how to get the best deal on hearing aids, what assistive technology can do for you in the workplace and how to survive the holidays and so much more that affects us daily.

If you’re considering having a Cochlear Implant or just want to learn more about implants, we have a special list for C.I. users.

If you’re just beginning to investigate whether the C.I is for you or want to learn more about implants, than we have a great group of people to tell you their personal stories. People who have been through the process and started out exactly where u are right now. People who have questions and answers about the differences in manufacturers of the Implants. Most of all, if you decide to go through with having the implant, everyone on the list is ready and willing to go through it with you and high five you when you hear your first words.

We’re happy to announce that we will soon be starting a special list group for people with Meneire’s and vertigo problems.  So keep coming back to our weblog or website to check for the announcement of the start of this wonderful and much needed group.

If you’re interested in learning more about SWC please visit us at: www.saywhatclub.com and search through our website. Feel free to email and ask questions concerning joining a great group of people who can relate to where you are, where you’re going and what’s in store for you.   Each list group has its own personality so that our hospitality committee can make the right fit for your specific needs.

Hearing loss doesn’t have to mean the end of your social life, your work life or your communicating with people. SWC is here to give you the tools, the support and resources to get through it and not allow yourself to be alienated from an active life.

Our lists are made up of everyday people. Come see for yourself and allow us to give you what we’ve been given…. friendships, support, opportunities and much more.

 

 

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  1. I can say that the SayWhatClub changed my life. I joined in 1997 and was on the list until 1999 or 2000, until my ‘real life’ got so busy I couldn’t keep up.

    While I was there, though, I met wonderful people, got terrific support and felt part of a group for the first time in my life.

    I also met my husband, Dave, on the list! He was one of the first people to welcome me when I joined, and sent a big box of sign language books and video tapes because I wanted to learn. We married in 2002 and are living happily ever after now. 🙂

    I have a cochlear implant now and keep up with the SWC through this blog.

    ~ Wendi

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