Hearing a lot: videos, the phone, movies

Another short update just to say that I’m now able to hear the following things a whole lot better than I could without the implant: High-quality recorded voices.  I’m not understanding movies at the theater, but I am understanding movies at ted.com (without the amazing subtitles that site has!) and many other videos that have professional, high-quality audio tracks. My family on the phone.  I called my dad for his birthday and used webcaptel to fill in the holes.  I hardly had to use the captel at all, and generally if I did need it the captionist hadn’t heard him either (i.e. when the phone was breaking up because he moved too far away from it’s base).  I made the phone call using an iPhone and my bilateral (bimodal currently)...

6 Months

6 Months

My six month appointment at the CI center was a good one. I drove down to Chapel Hill the day before and spent the evening with my cousin and his wife. I hadn’t seen them since before my CI surgery, so it was nice to catch up. The audiologists had moved to a satellite location away from UNC hospital. I found that ok, only had to make one U-Turn. They were ready to see me as I walked in the door. I had emailed ahead of my appointment saying that I’d like to be evaluated for a second implant but I hadn’t really heard back from them confirming that. We talked about it at my previous (3 or 4 month) visit but my appointment with the surgeon had gotten lost in all the times that they had changed my appointment time and I had changed and...

Mainstreaming vs Deaf School…

I just read this post by Mark Drolsbaugh at Deaf Culture Online: http://www.deaf-culture-online.com/mainstreaming-vs-deaf.html. It’s about the different levels of social interaction that his son experiences at various summer camps. I liked the article because it really emphasizes how essential peer interaction is. It also shows that even if you aren’t 100% fluent in ASL, it can often times be easier for someone who has a hearing loss to be included in an all-deaf environment. I’ll never be able to completely relax when depending on my hearing to socialize, but with sign language I’m on equal footing, if still a beginner. I can learn ASL, I can’t really learn to hear better. I’ve experienced this myself to some extent. ...

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

Getting sick of these posts yet? 🙂 I keep posting them because this is something I feel strongly about. I enjoy my job but I don’t enjoy being tied to a desk all day. I want a job that encourages me to work efficiently and lets me decide the best way, place and time to do that. I’d like to be self-employed, but haven’t come up with the right way to do that yet. Last night I was at dinner with my boss and another colleague. My boss said he doesn’t see himself ever retiring ever. He enjoys working and wouldn’t know what he would do instead. I offered him my job. I’d love to retire. They picked on me for that, saying “You’ve only been working 8 years, eight? What would you DO?” Oh, I could come up with...

Residual hearing post Medel CI

I just had my 6 month mapping and will post about that soon. In the mean-time for those who are curious, here is a comparison of my implanted ear’s audiograms before and after the CI (residual hearing). Hearing With the CI is 15-25 across the board, 250 to 6000 (they don’t test 125 Hz but I can hear that low too).

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