Eneida Rendón (Sinaloa, 1983) was born without being able to see. He started his primary education with the help of Braille books, but when he turned 14, Rendón lost his sense of hearing completely. "The teachers said that I could no longer go to school because it was a distraction for others," Rendón tells Verne , by telephone. His piano lessons, which he had started upon entering high school, were also suspended. "My teacher told me that to be a good pianist, I needed an ear, although I could feel the vibrations of the instrument," she says.
Rendón spent eleven years without being able to see or hear. But the isolation was not because of his deafblindness, but began with the refusal of his teachers to teach him. On his own initiative, he learned to use a computer that displays commands in Braille to continue his studies. When she turned 24, she was able to recover her sense of hearing thanks to a cochlear implant. "It was very exciting to hear my mother's voice again, of music," he recalls.
Twelve years later, Rendón has completed his higher education at the University of Guadalajara and also makes piano presentations.
Overcoming the discrimination barrier was one of the great challenges for Eneida. According to data from the National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Conadis), 7.1 million people live with a disability. Of these, 4.1 million have some visual impairment and 2.4 with hearing impairment. But only 466,178 people suffer from deafblindness. "There are many causes of hearing loss (hearing loss), but a cochlear implant gives patients the chance to improve and transform their lives," says Verne Jimena Atuán, a specialist in audiology at MED-EL, signs specialized in hearing implants. On February 25, International Cochlear Implant Day is commemorated to encourage patients with hearing impairment to be rehabilitated.
Following his hearing loss, Rendón had difficulty speaking again, although today his language is fluent. “I had to work a lot with rehabilitation, because they were not listening for many years,” he says. “With the implant I am more independent, I talk on the phone, I listen to music,” he says.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, about 300 cochlear implants are performed annually, which, according to Atuán, should be broader to improve the quality of life of people with hearing impairment. "The younger the patients, the more likely they are to improve their linguistic and socialization capabilities," he says.
For Rendón, listening brought back the ability to make music, one of his great passions. “I played with an orchestra in Saltillo and I was very nervous, but I could focus my ear and play the pieces,” he says.
One of the inspirations of this pianist is Beethoven. "Despite his deafness he has beautiful compositions," he says. Although she has not made a recent presentation, Eneida is excited to have a public presentation again. "I hope that the myths about implants are broken, because like me, many people can lead a full life," the musician concludes.
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