Audiometric Tests (2 weeks with cochlear implant)

Audiometric Tests (2 weeks with cochlear implant)

I was really looking forward to a new Map since most people seem to get a bunch of them right away after their activation and here it had been 16 days before I got my first new one.  Even so, and even after 15 years of hearing tests, I was nervous about the testing they would put me through.  I even told my audi, please, no words or sentences today? Just beeps?  Right. So she tested my residual hearing first with ear inserts. My right ear (implanted) is still not quite back to a normal tympanogram and I can feel some fluid in there still. It’s only been 3 weeks since surgery, no surprise. So there’s still a chance more residual hearing will come back to that ear, hard to tell yet.  It is already a lot better than when they tested it 5 days after...

Week Three and New Map #1

Having Monday off work threw my timing off on this post a bit.  Or maybe just procrastination. First – I have a new audiogram and CUNY, HNT and CNC scores for my right (CI) ear, but I’ll put that in another post so it will be easy to find later. Big events of my third week with the CI: Saxophone ensemble rehearsal and band on Tuesday.  Well my battery died halfway through sax ensemble so I didn’t get much time trying it out.  I’ve been going bimodal (HA in left hear, CI in right) for band so far, and my hearing aid is sounding a lot more normal than it did a week ago.  This is a good thing and gives me reassurance that eventually the bimodal option will work well for me. I am still wearing the CI alone most of the time as I’m told...

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...

Sensory perception and plasticity

I found these two articles over at earplugs’s blog. This one from Wired contains this amazing paragraph: More than 50 years ago, Austrian researcher Ivo Kohler gave people goggles that severely distorted their vision: The lenses turned the world upside down. After several weeks, subjects adjusted — their vision was still tweaked, but their brains were processing the images so they’d appear normal. In fact, when people took the glasses off at the end of the trial, everything seemed to move and distort in the opposite way. Yeah, that sums up what I’m hearing!  It isn’t upside down of course, but the feeling over distortion and overwhelming-ness sounds about right.  It also helps explain why my hearing aid, which was normal for 15 years,...

End of Week One

Today makes a week since my cochlear implant was activated. My friend asked me if I like it – of course my answer is “ask me in a few months”. The robot voices are much less beepy now and are more mumbley and underwater sounding. Still not intelligible without lipreading or a script. My own voice still bothers me a lot. I don’t talk as much when I’m wearing the CI. I’ve had really bad tinnitus ever since I stopped wearing two hearing aids (since the surgery). I’ve always had tinnitus, but hearing aids did a good job of masking it. It seems like the CI is making it worse instead of masking it, and it’s more roaring than ringing. For example when I type on my keyboard I hear it but both ears are filled with a...

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