@colleenyoung, thanks for the invitation to join. My hearing loss began at age 27 when I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease. I went deaf in my left ear within 3 years of diagnosis. I went deaf in my right ear at age 48, also from Meniere's. At that point I was implanted with a cochlear implant in my left ear, and my right ear was implanted 1 1/2 years later.
With this being tinnitus awareness week, I would like to add that, although I am deaf, I have not experienced silence in 27 years.
Feel free to ask me anything about Meniere's or cochlear implants. I'm pretty much an open book on those subjects.