It’s the little things

It’s the little things


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This morning I heard the beep on my car telling me I left my lights on. They were on only because it’s a bright sunny day and my commute is mostly due west and people can’t see what’s behind them (or coming towards them on a 2way road if they’re going into the sun). In that case it’s absolutely easy to forget to turn them off. The beep is very high pitched and not very loud because several hearing(?!) people told me before that it didn’t make a sound at all.

I noticed something odd Monday when I was up and off to work an hour earlier than normal, everything sounded loud and uncomfortable, much like when I first got the CIs and put them on after having them off all night. I hadn’t experienced that in many months, I guess my brain was still asleep?

Daylight Savings Time has been especially hard this year because for the last few months I’ve been waking up without any alarm. I do use a ‘sunrise simulator’ light that turns the light on gradually (sometimes gradually and sometimes after a power outage it will turn on all at once instead! it’s a flaky sunrise). Yesterday I didn’t wake up until 7:44 and that was because Don poked me because my iPhone was playing music. That alarm was set for 7:30, so I guess it was playing for a while? I was late for work by about 20 minutes. Last week I was considering going to the gym before work, I think I need to wait a bit longer to adjust before adding that too.

I haven’t written a lot about having bilateral cochlear implants. Basically it’s awesome! I don’t think about localizing sound that much, I sitting outside I can definitely tell where bird sounds are coming from. I need to set up a bird feeder and just sit in the back yard listening to them some more.


  1. David
    Mar 17, 2010

    I use the Sonic Boom alarm to wake me, as with CI off I am as deaf as a Pint of Green beer!
    .-= David´s last blog ..Las Vegas In New Light =-.

    • Sara
      Mar 17, 2010

      I have a travel sized version of the sonic boom, a shake-awake, somewhere… it’s just to wake up without needing an alarm 🙂 I did better today.

  2. kim
    Mar 17, 2010

    Ok now I’m jealous. You hear little BIRDS? I would love to hear birds. (sigh) 🙂
    .-= kim´s last blog ..Wheel of Life =-.

    • Sara
      Mar 18, 2010

      A bird was the first thing I heard that sounded almost normal when I was activated last year. Took me a few seconds to place what that repetitive piano keying thing actually was – then I went online and started looking up bird song websites.

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