NPR interview about CIs

Sometimes I forget that the things I post to the CI mailing lists I’m on might be good to put here too: The transcript of this NPR show looks interesting. I haven’t gotten to listen to this yet (forgot to bring headphones to work, forgot to bring spare battery for CI #1 too! 3 weeks away sure messed with my morning routine). Here’s a snippet: Mr. JOSH STOHL (Doctoral Student): So we’re going to listen to the “Talk of the Nation” theme in its original form, as you and I would hear it. (Soundbite of “Talk of the Nation” theme) Mr. STOHL: Now we’re going to hear it as a cochlear implant patient would hear it. (Soundbite of altered “Talk of the Nation” theme) Mr. STOHL: And here is one of the algorithms...

More deaf with CIs

More deaf with CIs

One thing I’ve noticed since getting CIs is that I’ve never been as deaf in my life as when I don’t have them on. It isn’t so much the change in my hearing but more the fact that I was never without my hearing aids and never without spare batteries. I even slept with my hearing aids on. Part of my issue comes from having to develop new habits. I’ve gotten pretty good at changing the rechargeable batteries in the morning and after work. I usually have a spare with me too. But when I travel I switch to the disposables, and somehow 3 days is a hard number to keep track of. I’d like to have my two CIs on opposite battery schedules so that if one died the other wouldn’t die at the same time. But how would I ever keep track of...

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