A year ago…

A year ago I was feeling pretty comfortable with my first CI. I’d survived the summer band concerts and was taking a class in Houston to prepare for the PE Exam. I remember the class being the first environment where I thought two CIs would help a lot. A large room, a sound system, ventilation system noises, and an unfamiliar teacher writing notes on the board. I got through it fine, but I’ve always gotten through school fine, even with a profound bilateral hearing loss and just hearing aids. Two CIs has been amazing though. When one of my batteries dies it takes me a few minutes to get used to just one again and I have to focus harder to hear. With two I’ve been able to eat in noisy restaurants with groups of people. I’m usually not...

Google voice transcript versus email

I like that the NY Times wrote about closed captioning on the web earlier this week.  But I had to laugh at their quote that YouTube “supplies mostly accurate captions using voice-recognition software.”  MOSTLY accurate?  Right. Far from it.  I assume the Google Voice transcripts use similar technology, and usually I would say, they ARE mostly accurate.  But phone is a lot easier than videos.  And sometimes even phone is hardly accurate. I was waiting for a call-back from a Best Buy business account person… here’s the Google Voice transcript from his call: Yeah this message is for Sara. Gould, slash on the keep calling the best bet for business and calling in regards to your request for I’ve had at this time to our business...

Norwegian Sign Language?

This came into my email recently, pretty interesting…. If you’ve never checked out Couch Surfing before, their website is a global community of people who want to host and be house guests.  We have hosted probably half a dozen times now.  It’s always interesting to talk to different people and show them around town. The site also has groups for user-created topics. This is from the Deaf and Signing Couch Surfers group. Arnt Joakim Wrålsen posted this message to: Deaf and Signing Couch Surfers A Norwegian Sign Language dictionary can be found here: http://www.tegnordbok.no/ (Click on the link that says “Klikk for å åpne Tegnordbok – Beta”.) To sign “Happy Birthday” – look up the three signs for the words...

It’s the little things

It’s the little things

Free Bird Originally uploaded by Southernpixel 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...

Mechanical Piano that “Speaks”

I haven’t gotten to watch this video with sound yet, but I can imagine what it sounds like.  There are captions of a sort that explain what’s going on.  It’s very similar to how our brain learns to hear cochlear implant stimulus as...

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...

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