Mapping #2 and Audiogram

I had my second mapping today. It was day and night compared to initial activation. Before, all the beeps sounded the same..heck..they didn’t even sound like beeps. It was just this strangest (and the worst) sensation ever. This time, I could tell a difference in some of the beeps depending on which electrode it was.

I also had a hearing test with my CI. I went into the hearing booth like I’ve done so many times, but this time I had no clue what the results would be like. I sat down in that little room as always and was handed the little clicker thing (you push the button whenever you hear something). I was in active listening mode so I was really noticing the other things I was hearing. I kept hearing a constant sound. Not sure if there was interference, if it was the light, or a vent. After squirming around at first I quickly learned I needed to sit still. I kept hearing my jeans. I then had a itch on my leg and scratched it…I could hear that. All while trying to pick out the tones that I was supposed to response to. Oy vey! I could also hear the sound being made every time I pushed the button. A bit wild. My experience in the hearing test booth was just so different from all the other times.

The numbers at the top of an audiogram are the frequencies in Hz and the numbers on the left are the dB values

Pink: My residual hearing prior to surgery. You can see that it goes right off the graph and I basically had no high frequency hearing whatsoever.
Green: Hearing test with my hearing aids January 2009 when I was being evaluated for a CI. Those hearing aids were pretty cool. The aids more or less transposed all frequencies into the little pink area I had residual hearing in.
Purple: Hearing test with my CI.
Black line: Anything above this line is considered “normal hearing” which is between 0 and ~25 dB.
Red smiley face: I love that my audiologist put a smiley face there. ๐Ÿ˜€

Of course I have no clue what I’m hearing. My brain is not quite sure what to do with what it’s hearing nor is it sure how to process it. I don’t really care about that right now, I’m going to enjoy the outcome of today’s appointment. I’m pretty thrilled with my hearing test today! My audiologist seemed very pleased. She did say that I should take it a bit easy this week and not push myself so much in terms of getting used to volume levels now that we know that I’m hearing at those dBs. It’s just been a lot for my body to take….it has basically been shocked and has been through a lot in the last 2 weeks.

I have noticed that when I hear something it takes while for it to register that I’m hearing it. Towards the end of my appointment I heard something really quiet but I ignored it thinking I was imaging it. I then saw my interpreter reach over to her purse so I put 1 and 1 together and figured that her sidekick must have gone off. I thought it was just the phone on it ringing and didn’t think much of it. Then a few seconds later I heard it again and sure enough she went over and pulled her sidekick out of her purse. She then said she was turning it off because it was vibrating and was making noises. I could never really grasp the concept of how people could hear my sidekick vibrating in my backpack and here I am…hearing it.

Today was a good day. Yep. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 thoughts on “Mapping #2 and Audiogram

  1. Sounds like you’re doing really good with the implant. It’s always fun trying to figure out which sound is coming from where. In my opinion, being a CI user myself, it never gets old and there will always be something new to learn as far as sounds go. Glad you’re still sharing your experiences! P.S. Try hearing a chalk on a chalkboard. *cringes at that thought*

  2. I love your posts… I had to grab my audiogram from day two of mapping to compare… We are so close in what we hear and our reaction to it! I can also see where you are more “practiced” being a little further ahead. I always feel a little more normal after hearing from you. I did have more residual hearing than you did though… I now understand why I was on the cusp of FDA approval… I could hear at 60db at 250Hz pre-implant… Aided was at 15db (I know.. I know…a lot but then it fell off the chart about where yours did) and the test the other day put me at only 35db in that same range.. I am totally missing that boost in the low frequencies. You had some there too though.. I imagine you depended on that a lot… and your aided hearing going straight across the board??? That’s interesting… Did you turn off any high frequencies?? Done rambling… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to hear how this week is for you.

  3. Thanks Caroline!Seth: Chalk on a chalkboard? Or are fingernails against a chalkboard worse? Btw, hope you’re feeling better.Michelle: Yeah, my audiologist wanted to wait to do the hearing test. I think she knew I was overwhelmed and wanted to be sure she got a reliable test (she actually repeated it twice today and got the same results).As for hearing across the board with my hearing aids…I actually had frequency compression/transposition hearing aids. Those hearing aids compressed the high frequency sounds into lower frequencies. So I was actually hearing the high frequencies as low frequencies. A bit confusing, lol. For some reason a lot of audiologists aren’t familiar with those kind of hearing aids.As of right now my audiologist has all 22 electrodes activated. I know some people eventually have a few of the higher frequency electrodes turned off. I may eventually have to do that, but am going to wait and see…since things are still changing.I am looking forward to reading more about how you’re doing with your CI! When is your next mapping? Has it gotten any better for you?

  4. I love sharing audiograms. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very cool post. Looks like the CI is giving you a lot of potential there with the pure tones. That’s excellent.

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