A couple of friends asked me to update my blog after mapping. So that’s what I’m doing. 🙂
Last week was initial stimulation and today was mapping. They’re generally the same.
Today went much better than last week. Why? I didn’t want to throw my CI. 😀
A few things I noticed:
-On the way to my mapping appointment I finally turned on the music in my car. It’s been off all week. While it did not sound great, I was surprised at the fact that I could pick the music out over the noises of the highway at a very quiet volume. With hearing aids I usually had to turn the music way up whenever I got on the highway and even then I couldn’t always pick it out.
-I noticed that I can hear the noise that’s made whenever I hit the scroll ball on my sidekick. I thought I was imaging it at first because I didn’t think it was possible for that to make a noise. I’ve tried it several times today and sure enough it does make a noise. I guess from it rubbing against something else.
-After mapping when I was switched back to live mode. It was so much better than the last 2 times in terms of being bombarded with noises and the volume level. I was actually able to pick out my audiologist’s voice. Of course it all sounded the same. However, the last 2 times I couldn’t tell what was what at all and it was just a constant noise.
94% of everything still sounds the same. Once I tolerate sounds better I should be able to start the long process of gradually figuring out what is what. Right now it’s all just kind of one big cluster of sounds.
I also finally figured the one sound that I have the hardest time tolerating. Voices. I just have a hard time tolerating it whenever people start talking compared to other sounds for some reason.
I just feel better today even though not much has changed.