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...

Second (lett) Activation – December 29, 2009

Last night one of the local news weather people was asking on Twitter for favorite memories of 2009. I didn’t write in, but my favorite memory of 2009 was only a few hours old. My new CI was activated yesterday afternoon and after going through and setting the comfortable volume level on 11 electrodes three or four times (louder each time) it was finally turned on. The robot sing-song monotone voice was back but this time it was speech and not beeping. Don and Carrie sounded exactly the same but after five minutes that had already changed. With just the new ear I feel like I am about two or three weeks ahead of last time. With both sides together I’ve kept my eight months of progress with one CI and added to it. Already. .

5 Months with a Cochlear Implant, Music and Lectures

First things first.  Music with my cochlear implant is way way beyond my expectations. But I had pretty low expectations. Seriously, music sounds great now (5 months from activation).  The CI adds a whole new layer of sounds that I couldn’t hear before.  It helps bring out the lyrics.  It adds the higher frequency percussion, cymbals, drums besides bass, harmonicas, all kinds of things.  Yes, more cow-bell! I’ve been learning to “play” the drums in The Beatles: Rock Band.  My second attempt at a “rhythm game”, the first was DDR which I had trouble with because beats weren’t always apparent to me.  I also tried the Wii Music game but the only instrument I could hear well was the tuba!  Rock Band, at least with...

Hearing impaired get better hearing with cochlear implant plus hearing aid

Hearing impaired get better hearing with cochlear implant plus hearing aid

Sorry for the cut-n-paste job, but I’m traveling again for work this week without much time to write.  I find this topic fascinating though.  I’ve been wearing my hearing aid in the unimplemented ear (formerly my better ear) for almost 2 months now.  For the next set of hearing tests I’ll ask to be tested with just the CI and with both CI and hearing aid. Press release – Washington University in St. Louis – August 4, 2009 For an abstract of the artice as cited, in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology: http://tinyurl.com/plfgdj ——— Hearing impaired get better hearing with cochlear implant plus hearing aid By Gwen Ericson Aug. 4, 2009 — Adults with severe hearing loss benefit from...

The Med-El Opus2

I finally got around to taking some photos of my cochlear implant and accessories.  It came with a lovely briefcase in the color I had chosen (reddish).  The Opus2 consists of, from top to bottom, the ear hook, the processor which attaches to the wire going to the magnet coil head piece, and to the power pack.  The power packs hold the batteries and can be exchanged to hold either rechargeable or disposable batteries.  Then there is the cover that slips over the power pack and batteries.  This cover can be just plastic, or can contain a 3-prong direct connect plug at the bottom. Here’s a link to the photo album if you can’t see the slideshow: Med-El Duet2 on Flickr I love that I don’t have to be stuck with one type of battery or another....

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