Sunday, September 7, 2008

Listening Practice...

Well, last night I decided to try listening practice again. I took a break for a couple of days...maybe more than a "couple" of days. My husband would quiz me on words from time to time when I asked him but that was it. I always got them wrong. As I mentioned in my last post I was frustrated so I took a break from it.

I have been using the microphone that connects to the processor and it eliminates background noise. That helps a little when reading books (my husband reads them and I follow along). So, last night I decided to use some websites for listening practice. I used the stereo connection to hook up to my laptop. This connects to the processor and then directly to a stereo, or laptop...anything with a stereo connection. Well, it was surprising. I understood a majority of the testing. In fact, there were tests that would cause guessing to be hard since you had several options to choose from. Some of it is still "guessing". People don't necessarily focus on EVERY word but the important ones. I'm not fooled though I know that I was guessing on some things. However, what a change. At least I had positive results whereas last week I got every one of them wrong...except this time I was directly connected to the laptop. Using that connection eliminates most of the background noise. My husband also tested me some last night using sentences and words. I did wasn't 100% and he normally had to repeat words about 3 times and then I would get it. It's like my brain needs a few times to get it. When I'm testing without the microphone I normally don't understand much which is annoying. However, it is still encouraging that I am able to understand things...although it's simple things. Simple things are better than "nothing"!!!

I just wanted to share that encouraging news. I know I mentioned this in my last post but I do go to the audiologist on Thursday. I'm hoping that we can add some actual programs besides ADRO. Hopefully that will happen. I'm still on P3 and hope to move up to P4 by's LOUD though. So, we'll see what happens. Thursday is going to be a busy day. I go to the audiologist, then to work, then meeting a friend for dinner, then going directly to the HLAA meeting. It's our first HLAA meeting. We took a break during the summer and I'm so excited to go back. My husband is coming along as well. He's so supportive! Gotta love him for it.

Well...I'm signing off for now. Gotta go play Guitar Hero with my husband. He got the game/guitars for his birthday and it's been extremely addictive!!!! We can't stop playing the game! I'll be sure to post back on Thursday to share my next mapping experience.


Laurie said...

A little bit is better than nothing! You are making progress! I'm still not at 100% for word comprehension, even after 3 years. But it is better than what I had before. When I'm not trying to "listen" I'm noticing that I pick up more words and phrases from the TV & radio without even trying.

I think you need to ask for ADRO with Autosensitivity in the same slot. And BEAM. You need to try more than just ADRO because everyone has their favorite.

See you Thursday!

Liz said...

That is GREAT news!! I am truly happy to hear there is progress. Any progress is wonderful.

I look forward to your next post.

Love you!

Shari/"Whiger" said...

I'm glad to see you are getting some progress. I'm pretty calm about it and just let my brain soak it all in. My audie just wanted me to get used to the CI. She didn't want me to worry about the accessories yet (for TV, computer, etc.) All I have on it right now is ADRO with each program going up in volume. I am on P4 and now I use the volume button to increase the volume. It's not as LOUD as it was.

Tomorrow is my second map at 10:30 a.m. I'll try to post about it tomorrow night.

Hang in there. You are doing great.

Abbie said...

The more practice you do the better your brain will learn what the heck it is hearing :) I'm glad you keeping up with it!