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. 😀
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. 🙂