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.Â 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.Â There’s the frustration of things never sounding normal again and missing how things used to sound.Â Getting an implant is a big decision for those of us who had hearing to give up.Â It’s a hard thing to adapt to for anyone, deaf, or hard of hearing, or recently deafened.
Sometimes we only want to share the good news and sometimes even after things get better we still don’t share our difficult experiences with others.Â But people going through their own rough time need reassurance more than anyone.Â And those experiences are so much more reassuring to than the start pupil success stories are.