Wow, on the 23rd it will have been a month since my CI was activated. Time flies!
It’s been a CrAzY trip so far.
I’m still not sure which program setting I prefer and will have to talk about that with the audiologist Tuesday.
The worst part of the CI right now is just putting it on in the mornings. I used to hate putting my hearing aids on in the morning which is why I always waited a bit to put it on. I’m not a morning person to start with anyways and I don’t like being bombarded with all these sounds the first thing. I usually wait until I’m fully awake before I put it on which takes at least an hour, lol. I just HATE the first 30 seconds after putting it on…I dread it.
It usually stays on all day once I get around to putting it on. I’m at a point where I don’t always like having it on all the time but I also don’t like NOT having it on.
I no longer consider it a torture device although there are times here and there where it could fall under that category. But those times are becoming more and more spread out. 😉
The annoying high frequency sound is no longer constant which makes me very happy. It also doesn’t sound as high frequencishy as it did before which is great news for my sanity.
Right now the most annoying sound is my laptop fan which drives me up the wall after a while. I still find it amusing (I’m easily amused) how different it sounds when I walk on different surfaces. It even sounds different when I walk differently.
As I mentioned before I hear a lot of what I could hear before but on a different level. Some examples.
Before: If I was outside in front of the house I could sometimes hear a car coming from 1-3 houses away.
Now: If I’m outside in front of the house I can hear a car coming even if it’s down at the end of the street (think 5-7 houses away).
2) Toilet flushing and water running.
Before: I could hear this if I was either in the bathroom or right outside the bathroom door (on good days).
Now: I can hear this from the next room over (sometimes).
3) People talking in restaurants/stores.
Before: It all kind of meshed together. I could pick out announcements. Of course I had no idea what was being said but I was aware that there was an announcement.
Now: Of course it still all meshes together, because that’s just what happens in busy places. If I’m standing in line for something I can tell when people behind me are talking. If I’m sitting at a table I can sometimes pick out when people next to me or behind me are talking. Something I couldn’t really do before. Of course I have no clue what they’re saying but to just be able to pick that out of all the other noises and conversations is cool. I can pick out when people are talking at the end of an aisle in stores. This throws me off because I can’t tell which direction it’s coming from or how close these people are unless I look up. I always think there’s someone right next to me trying to talk to me then when I look up they’re way over at the other end of the aisle.
I also heard a new sound: Someone wiping their feet on a doormat.
I have good and bad days. There are days when I just want to tell the world to shut up. There are also days when I’m all pumped to see what I can figure out that I’m hearing and if I’ll hear anything new.
Oh yeah. I also got to do something I’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t do with my hearing aids without a neck t-coil loop which just didn’t work well. I went for a walk/jog with my iPod. Very cool. It took me a few minutes to sort out outside noises, my feet hitting the pavement, and the music but I was able to do it. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to listen to music while taking a walk/jog. It’s interesting. I think hearing people do this to block out the other noises (or maybe not?). I still like walking/jogging in silence but it’s nice to have a new option.