Week Two

Week Two

I’m trying to make at least weekly updates here… Things I’m hearing that I’ve honestly never considered hearing before: The electronic door lock at work beeps when I open it with my ‘wand’ The keys I wear around my neck at work clink as I walk My boss swishes as he walks across the room towards me (nice to have a warning!) I can hear myself huffing and puffing as I hike up a steep hill Walking on a gravel path sounds like someone chomping on nachos inside my head Piccolos in Stars and Stripes Forever (but not much else of that song comes in clearly!) A coworker eating chips out of a bag in the next cube (I heard the bag) My car beeps about 6 times when I turn it on (I think I knew this, but had forgotten) Someone’s cell...

Too busy to write = Too busy to worry

One week from now I’ll hopefully be done with surgery and on my way home if not already home.  I won’t know what time to report on the 29th until the day before. Working backwards from there….. The night before surgery, Don and I will drive down to Chapel Hill and take up residence in the lovely Carolina Inn, across the road and a few blocks away from the hospitals.  (Don’t tell anyone, but the secret to staying at the Carolina is to use priceline.com!)  I think we will ask if they can do a flexible checkout time or if we can decide late if we need to book another night… we will see, maybe a lot of people ask that since the hospital is right there. Earlier that day (Tuesday) I will be spending 5 hours in the car as my boss and I...

Music and Low Frequency Hearing

Music and Low Frequency Hearing

It was only a few weeks ago that my boss at work asked me what frequency an octave is.  We were planning to do an acoustical test for some fire insulation and it came up in the discussion.  He figured as a musician I would know.  Never having studied acoustics, I didn’t, but Google did of course.  An octave is a doubling in frequency. Right after I looked this up I received a package from UNC with all the different CI literature in it.  It talked about frequencies and the piano keyboard and frequencies and the cochlea.  So interesting. In all these years I hadn’t really thought about my audiogram and a piano keyboard.  Looking at my audiogram it looks like my hearing vanishes somewhere between 1000 and 2000 Hz.  1000 Hz is C6 – 2 octaves...

Musicals

Lately I keep finding myself with songs in my head from Sunset Boulevard. It’s a musical that won Tony awards in the early to mid 1990s. The sound track is from 1994 and features Glenn Close. I listened to many, many broadway musical soundtracks when I was in high school. I generally liked the stories and and the music. They usually included lyrics in the liner notes and I could follow along and it was engaging, like with books on tape. I still love the subtle humor found in most shows (or not so subtle sometimes). Seeing a show on stage was something I didn’t experience very often. But for me seeing a musical was amazing because I’d know the words by heart from reading along for months or years at home. It’s hard to describe as each show...

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