Got It! Got It!

Some friends and I were goofing off in the backyard today. We were playing a game of volleyball. At one point I heard a friend of mine say something as she ran after the volleyball.

It took a minute for me to realize what she was saying.

She was saying “got it! got it!”

Without lipreading her I was able to figure out what she had said.

Did I really understand what she had said only and only with the CI? No.

This is how I usually operate when lipreading: I think about the situation I’m in. I’m aware of my surroundings. I read the person’s body language. If I know the person, I think about their personality. Do I know the topic of the conversation?

This is how I was able to understand what my friend was saying without lipreading:
–fact: playing volleyball
–fact: different things a person may say when running after a ball (mine! I got it! got it, got it! it’s mine!, help!, it’s yours!, you! etc.)
–What I picked out with the CI: Someone yelling a 2 word phrase (that was repeated) that had a couple of those t/d/p/k sort of sounds somewhere in there.

And voila! A completed puzzle! No wonder it takes me a while to process information sometimes.

What surprised me about this was I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I didn’t make it a point to focus and listen. I just automatically did it.

Sometimes I feel communication is like a puzzle. Sometimes I get an easy puzzle and other times it’s one of those impossible 20,000 piece puzzles. At times it is frustrating but it can also be rewarding.

4 thoughts on “Got It! Got It!

  1. Kelly, I must say I struggled greatly with this as well. The whole lip reading with my implant. Interestingly enough, I would force myself not to lip read the teachers as much, and try really hard to just listen and see if I can understand what the teacher is saying.To this day I still do it, and believe it or not, my lip reading comprehension was something around 96% at the very beginning of my therapy and it went downhill from there. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not but it’s probably something I would put in the evidence bucket to say that the CI is working for me.Exciting stuff and you actually wore your implant when we were all sweating!? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That’s great!! I remember the first few times I realized I understood what was spoken without lipreading. It’s just amazing feeling. I’m on of your follower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I imagine that’s exactly how babies pick up language. It starts with sounds that make no sense to their newly created ears – and thus begins the process of separating coherent sound from noise, then associating that sound with a specific stimuli. So, aren’t kids like, the ultimate detectives? ;-)It’s sometimes hard to remember that even though we’re adults, our ears are like babies again. I would say that you’ve made remarkable progress. What’s next, you’ll start up your own rock band? ๐Ÿ˜€

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