Why can't we have this life-changing surgery in Montreal?

2018-07-20

At 56, I got a cochlear implant and my life changed dramatically. Now, in my fourth term as mayor of Hampstead, I'm doing something I love.

BILL STEINBERG, SPECIAL TO MONTREAL GAZETTE Updated: July 19, 2018

“Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people.”

— Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf

That quote eloquently illustrates the challenges that deaf, or severely hearing impaired, people often face. I know. I was born with a severe hearing loss that eventually progressed until I was profoundly deaf. Then in 2004, at the age of 56, I got a cochlear implant  and my life changed dramatically. I could hear and I used my new ability to run for mayor of Hampstead. I spent six months going door to door and connecting with people. I was elected and I am now in my fourth term doing something I love.

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Sincerely,


Dr. Bill Steinberg
Mayor, Town of Hampstead