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Rod Walker
Rod Walker gradually began losing his hearing in 1999 and by 2001
had in the canal hearing aids in both ears.  As his hearing continued to deteriorate, he received his second and third set of hearing aids (both behind the ear) in 2004 and 2008.  He began using FM wireless technology and assisted listening devices to further expand his hearing ability. 
 
At the encouragement of his audiologist, he was tested for a cochlear implant and qualified in 2009.  For the next year he wore one hearing aid and one cochlear implant.  In 2010 he qualified for a second cochlear implant and began a new life of significantly improved hearing.
 
“My audiologists saved my life.  They are people I will never forget.  They truly cared about me and made a remarkable difference in my hearing journey,” he says.  “I want to help all Oregonians have that kind of hearing experience.”