1 Month Audiogram and 6 week update

I’m a little bit hesitant to post this news because my test results definitely don’t seem to match with what I’m experiencing in the “real world” and people already have expectations that are too high.  My co-worker told me that my boss thinks I’ll be able to hear him yell across a field to me.  I have to constantly get him to face me when we are working in the lab. I am always reminding him that I can’t understand the speaker phone even if he turns it up.  Not to mention all the requests for phone calls I’ll get if my family thinks I can hear on the phone.  I still hate the phone.  I don’t plan on adding minutes to my voice plan.  Learn to text message or IM if you want to talk to me. But here...

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....

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...

MED-EL Video: How A Cochlear Implant Works

This is one of my favorite videos about cochlear implants – especially the part about the damaged hairs and when a hearing aid won’t help… After the ‘how it works’ part there are three testimonials from people who chose the MED-EL brand. I’m sure every brand has people willing to go on camera and oooh and ahh over their implant. I had to break it into 2 parts to get YouTube to accept it. The subtitles got a bit fuzzy too, I hope they are legible. Also apparently the sound on the 2nd video is the same as the first. I don’t know how that happen unless Quicktime didn’t crop the sound when it cropped the video. I might be able to fix it, but until then, turn the sound off and read the...

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