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...

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...

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