Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Long Time No Post...

Hello!!! Anyone out there? :-)

I know it's been a while since I've posted. I have been reading blogs. I just haven't been posting much. I apologize. I really don't have much to share to be honest. Things are still the same. I guess you can say I'm at a stand-still. I "hear" things and have learned to identify a lot of sounds. However, I still don't understand speech yet. It just lacks clarity. Voices still sound "different". Voices still have that helium sound to it. I wish I could explain it better but I can't. Describing sounds is HARD work!!

I have noticed that the sounds that used to bother me are not as bad anymore. I confess that I'm still not "friends" with plastic bags yet. The sound is still uncomfortable. I have also noticed that when I first put my CI on in the mornings it takes a couple of minutes to "adjust". My "bionic ear" is a little sensitive in the morning. I have noticed that I can tolerate my dog wearing his collar. Before I would have to take it off b/c his name tags rattling was annoying and somewhat painful. I think it was just the high pitch that drove me crazy. Running water isn't so bad...unless it's early and the same with the toilet flushing. I assure matter how much I hated the sound of the toilet flushing...I still flushed! I assure you. :-)

That's really all I have on the CI front. I have lost count of the mappings. I say I've had about 5 or 6 mappings and I don't go back until the end of October. I just wish I could understand speech!!! I remind myself often that the implant hasn't even been activated for 2 months! So, I think I need to chill out a little. :-)

Until next time....


Laurie said...

Glad to see you posting! I'm still reading.

Hey, it takes time to get used to hearing with the CI. You are making progress if sounds are bothering you less than they did before.

Hope to see you at the HLA meeting tomorrow night. I'm freaking out because I think we are going to have a huge turnout!


Shari/"Whiger" said...

Hang in there, Karen. I still have that heliumized voice problem. Men more than women. Somehow, with the HA in the other ear, it just works together. I can hear the TV upstairs!! I can hear my husband talking on the phone in the other room. I couldn't do that with just the HA.

At times, I get impatient and wish I could hear more clearly with the CI, but, as everyone says, it takes time.

Abbie said...

I'm glad to see that you updated! If you having a hard time describing a sound, head over here Say It In CI. This might help you out.