Listening skills

I’ve been reading a lot of new blogs lately, a lot of them written by other people about their cochlear implant experiences.  I love random web surfing so I don’t remember how I found most things.  When I end up with a couple dozen tabs open in Firefox I try to add blogs to Google Reader and sites to Delicious so I can find things again. I’ve been looking at a couple of sites this evening that are interesting enough to share. http://www.esl-lab.com/ is a site with many recordings and quizes.  I’ve found that with the “Easy” listening exercises if I read the questions first I can score pretty well on the tests.  I’m definitely not understanding more than 20-30% though.  Just listing for the answers to the questions. ...

Some random things

I’m now an ‘elected member’ of the band I play with.  My mom summed it up best by saying that I’m no longer considered a guest.  What really happen was the sax ensemble has kept me from skipping band rehearsals like I used to.  It definitely makes it more fun.  Band itself is still not perfect, not sure what exactly could change to help, I just know I’ve enjoyed other groups more than this one. I’m waiting until after my appointment Monday to start announcing my plans to get a CI. My boss, Rupert, knows of course… but I don’t think he realizes I’ll be out of work after it.  You readers of this blog know obviously, but people like my real supervisor at work, the guy at work whos daughter has a CI, my band...

What changed my mind about getting a CI

I wanted to document my reasons for not pursuing a cochlear implant before now and that was the point of my other post last week. Now I want to write about what finally changed my mind. I heard about the hybrid CIs and that they were in FDA trials. I sent an email to the trials group at Med-El asking about their DUET hybrid Electric-Accoustical implant. I was told that my hearing loss was too profound and that I’d be better off with a regular CI. The person also suggest talking to one of the implant centers involved in the trials of the hybrid implant because they have a new surgery technique and a new flexible electrode that have been implanted without damaging all residual hearing. So I emailed the audiologist at UNC Chapel Hill. She took a while to write...

I am the master of delayed comprehension…

I wrote a comment on Deaf Mom’s World this weekend about why I’m always partaking in social bluffing. Usually it’s because I think I’ll catch up to the conversation and by the time I realize I’m not going to they have moved on I something new. The most frustrating part is catching a useless phrase perfectly and missing everything else. For example I can hear someone say “I couldn’t believe it!” but the rest is blahblahlah. I do great one on one. It takes two to communicate and I can be number two. But make me number three or four and I might as well not be there. Well I spent the weekend with Don and two new friends and they left me in the dust for at least half of the conversations.  No offence to them, they are wonderful, and I...

Skiing and living in the South

Living in Charlottesville means that I don’t get much of a real winter.  Not like NY, not even like NJ.  It does get cold, into the 20s sometimes even, but there isn’t a lot of snow.  When it does snow it doesn’t stick around. Strangely, I am closer to a ski resort than I was when I lived in NJ.  Wintergreen is about 45 minutes away from home and even closer to work.  Yet, I haven’t been there at all this year. The biggest reason is that the place gets soo crowded. If I had more opportunities to play hookie from work I would go. If it wasn’t $65 for a weekend day pass… Sorry, I’ll save my money and ski somewhere worth going to. We went to Telluride over Christmas, I skied four gorgeous days in a row (two snowy, two...

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