Having completed the Frame step, planning decision makingyou should now have a clear set of prioritized success criteria. The objective of the Innovate step is to generate decision options that can meet the needs and desires you have identified during decision framing. It is important that multiple alternatives be considered.
Tweet 40 Shares Rita D. After multiple pairs of hearing aids, she developed an allergic reaction to her ear molds that was so severe, she could not wear them anymore.
Facing no other option but retirement, Rita was desperate to find an alternative solution to hearing aids to allow her to continue her career and travels as she wished.
In my late 20s, friends started telling me I was not hearing them.
They were right and, if I was honest, I knew it too. At the time, I was working towards my Masters of Science in counseling. The fieldwork meant working one on one with clients and groups.
I was missing a lot in both my field studies and in the lectures. Until this point, I could accommodate my mild hearing loss fairly well. Unfortunately, those coping skills were no longer enough.
The first surgery was performed on my right ear, my weaker ear, and it was a success. Six months later, the second surgery was done on my stronger ear, my left; unfortunately, it resulted in an almost complete hearing loss.
I remember thinking that my life was over. My audiologist, who had been helping me through this process, referred me to vocational rehab services. Starting to treat my hearing loss Vocational rehab sent me to lip reading classes, assisted in getting my first hearing aid and helped me find a job.
With the hearing aid, I finished my graduate degree, began my professional career, married and started my family. My life was mine again! To me, it was a miracle and, more importantly, I realized that there was technology available to help me live my life fully.
I am not saying it was the same as natural hearing, because it definitely was not; however, it was better than the quiet life I had envisioned before. My first hearing aid was followed by many different newer and stronger hearing aids.
Usually, every three to five years, I would need another stronger hearing aid. I wore many different hearing aids in this period of time, including two hearing aids and hearing aids connected by a wire.
These hearing aids, with the help of my strong right ear, helped me have some hearing in my weak left ear. Throughout these decades though, my hearing was becoming weaker, and I was not even noticing. I focused on the reality that hearing technology was continually improving, and that ended up being true.
The Baha System was proof. Choice of retiring or finding solution for hearing loss I was struggling with my hearing aids and had actually developed an allergy to the plastic ear molds.
If I wore the hearing aid, the allergic reaction meant missing days of work…I thought my only option at that time was to retire. My ENT referred me to a specific audiologist, and, once again, my life was reclaimed. At what I thought was just another audiology appointment for my hearing aids, I was introduced to the Baha System.
This appointment opened up a whole new world of education and possibilities for me. I had surgery to get my two Baha Implants at the same time.
Six weeks later, I had my sounds processors activated, and I was hearing more than I had in years. It was like a miracle! I will admit that I was a bit scared of the surgery, but the alternative, which was retirement and not hearing, was just not an option for me.
It certainly helps that I have a very supportive family that keeps me laughing through all of this! Ability to continue career My original Baha 5 Sound Processors allowed me to continue my career as a college counselor and professor for five more years.
After 32 years as an educator, I then chose to retire. I celebrated my retirement by walking the Camino de Santiago and spent my 70th birthday celebrating in Santiago, Spain. Walking the Camino means spending each night in a different albergue hostel. Each night, I would find an outlet, plug in my Baha Sound Processors for the night, put them on in the morning and continue walking.The Alternative Solutions Program is a statewide initiative within the Division of Child Support (DCS) aimed at helping parents toward self-sufficiency.
At DCS we put great value on the noncustodial parent’s role in our communities and with their families. Generate alternative solutions Postpone the selection of one solution until several alternatives have been proposed.
Having a standard with which to compare the characteristics of the final solution is not the same as defining the desired result. What is a negative?
A negative question or statement is one which contains a word such as not, no, never or nothing and is used to say that something is not happening, is not true or is absent. 1.
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