Kelly. That’s my name, don’t wear it out. 🙂
With hearing aids, I couldn’t always pick out my name without lipreading. The only times I could really understand my name was only if my mom (or occasionally my dad) said it. Obviously I’m a lot used to hearing my parents’ voices compared with other people’s voices. I have a few friends who can only understand their parents on the phone and no one else. Anyways I think a lot of it had to do with the volume and/or tone that they would say my name with. Even then it would be hit and miss.
I’ve found that recognizing my name with the CI has really thrown me off. It sounds SO different with the CI than it did with hearing aids. So I’ve had to relearn that.
I tend to kind of tune out what’s going on around me if all I hear is speech sounds and I’m busy doing something else. I’ve noticed lately that there have been a few times where I almost recognize my name when a friend says it.
I almost never respond when someone says my name.
It’s really weird. I’ll be sitting there and doing something…then all of the sudden I feel more tuned into what’s going on around me in terms of sounds but I don’t know why. I then kinda continue to block it out because I’m not fully processing what I’m hearing. Then all of the sudden I feel more tuned in but I continue to automatically ignore it. It’s usually not until I catch someone trying to get my attention out of the corner of my eyes that I finally realize someone has been saying my name.
It’s almost like I know I’m hearing my name but my brain just isn’t sure how to process that information.
I don’t know how to explain it. It’s a VERY delayed response. I think I do recognize my name more often than other people realize and more often than even I realize. It’s a strange feeling. It’s like I know the information is there but I just don’t know how to process it.
It’s been almost 8 months since I’ve been “activated.” From what I’ve read babies generally respond to their name between 6 and 9 months. Hmm! Wonder if there’s any association.
I have to admit the one thing I think would come in really handy would be if I could consistently respond to my name. I’m hearing and understanding it…it’s just not fully being processed…yet. So even though I hear and understand it…I don’t always KNOW that I’m hearing it hence the reason why I oftentimes don’t respond. It’s there, but not there at the same time.
Oh and I also picked out “olive” tonight without lipreading when someone was talking about a dip. It did help that I knew what the conversation topic was. That’s word #3. I swear these words are soooo random and out of the blue…lol.