I’m a few days overdue for my 2 months post activation update.
Lately, I have had a few people ask me about music + CI and thought I would go ahead and make a quick post.
Sounds are always changing for me but it’s really changed with music this past week.
I’m starting to enjoy music that does not have tons of beats. For the first time ever in my life I’m starting to enjoy the sounds of singing itself rather than just the instruments. I have no clue what the lyrics are but just the sound of the voice itself. That’s probably the biggest change with music so far. I’m also separating the voices from the instruments better.
When driving I usually listen to music, but with hearing aids I would usually skip through half of the CD and go straight to all the songs with tons of beats and bass. Lately I’ve found myself listening to the whole CD all way through and enjoying all the songs. Now I just need to get an iPod car adapter and I’ll be good to go.
I still cannot get over how well I can pick music out when I’m out on the highway. I rarely have to adjust the volume. I usually turned it off whenever I was with hearing people just so I wouldn’t bother them with extremely loud volume levels. It’s also nice to be able to pick out music playing in the car when riding with hearing friends which I couldn’t do with HAs since it would usually be at a volume I couldn’t pick out over the car noises.
Although there is one thing I need to work on. I used to do the same thing with hearing aids. I would grab my aids as I left the house in the morning as they’re usually the last thing I put on in the mornings. I would put them on as I jumped into the car and the first thing I would hear would be music blasting. Not the best way to start the morning off especially when I’m not a morning person at all. I still make the same mistake with my CI and I usually take the CI off and turn the CD player off…then I redo it. 😉
I’m also finding that I have to readjust my way of thinking. With hearing aids, I could hear things in a much smaller radius than with the CI. I could usually hear whatever I could see and didn’t really pick out anything I couldn’t see. I’m picking out more from a greater distance with the CI. I don’t know how many times I think someone is right behind me talking and when I turn around there’s no one there at all…they’re either down the hall or somewhere else. I’ve found that I have to hunt down sounds more often with the CI when it was easier to find the source with hearing aids.