Audiometric Tests (2 weeks with cochlear implant)

Audiometric Tests (2 weeks with cochlear implant)

I was really looking forward to a new Map since most people seem to get a bunch of them right away after their activation and here it had been 16 days before I got my first new one.  Even so, and even after 15 years of hearing tests, I was nervous about the testing they would put me through.  I even told my audi, please, no words or sentences today? Just beeps?  Right. So she tested my residual hearing first with ear inserts. My right ear (implanted) is still not quite back to a normal tympanogram and I can feel some fluid in there still. It’s only been 3 weeks since surgery, no surprise. So there’s still a chance more residual hearing will come back to that ear, hard to tell yet.  It is already a lot better than when they tested it 5 days after...

Week Three and New Map #1

Having Monday off work threw my timing off on this post a bit.  Or maybe just procrastination. First – I have a new audiogram and CUNY, HNT and CNC scores for my right (CI) ear, but I’ll put that in another post so it will be easy to find later. Big events of my third week with the CI: Saxophone ensemble rehearsal and band on Tuesday.  Well my battery died halfway through sax ensemble so I didn’t get much time trying it out.  I’ve been going bimodal (HA in left hear, CI in right) for band so far, and my hearing aid is sounding a lot more normal than it did a week ago.  This is a good thing and gives me reassurance that eventually the bimodal option will work well for me. I am still wearing the CI alone most of the time as I’m told...

The Good and the Bad – Will you share?

Hi everyone, Today I have a request rather than an update. I was wondering if anyone would like to share their frustrations with their implants and how they overcame them (or not). For early frustrations, I’ve encountered several people now who, at initial turn on, couldn’t hear the tones, felt only vibration, couldn’t hear anything except static… even three weeks later.  In all cases they were told that it’s normal, it takes time, it’s different for everyone, keep at it. Then there’s the frustration of not being able to hear and understand speech or not being able to pick sounds out from other sounds, even after a lot of time.  There’s the frustration of things never sounding normal again and missing how things...

Week Two

Week Two

I’m trying to make at least weekly updates here… Things I’m hearing that I’ve honestly never considered hearing before: The electronic door lock at work beeps when I open it with my ‘wand’ The keys I wear around my neck at work clink as I walk My boss swishes as he walks across the room towards me (nice to have a warning!) I can hear myself huffing and puffing as I hike up a steep hill Walking on a gravel path sounds like someone chomping on nachos inside my head Piccolos in Stars and Stripes Forever (but not much else of that song comes in clearly!) A coworker eating chips out of a bag in the next cube (I heard the bag) My car beeps about 6 times when I turn it on (I think I knew this, but had forgotten) Someone’s cell...

And now for something Completely different

I would much rather write blog posts about things that make me laugh.  Such as this kitten video:

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