30 October 2008
28 October 2008
27 October 2008
24 October 2008
On that date I'll be fitted with the external part of the mechanism called the Speech Processor.
And thats just the start of the process of fine-tuning, getting the optimal result for my situation.
I aim to hear you talking, butcher birds singing, TV. It probably won't be normal or immediate but thats the goal.
I had my Cochlear implant on wednesday.
The tinnitus is still going strong and different. Sometimes softer, sometimes louder, always different.
• Mens choir [cant quite make out what they're singing]
• Paris ambulance is back after a long absence
• Men speaking in the next room
• New musical soundtrack
• Sound of outboard motor, or motorbike engine
23 October 2008
21 October 2008
How do I feel about it?
After so many operations and treatments over the past six years I'm prepared, not worried. I hope that the result is as good as many say it is. I mean many. Not looking forward to the prolonged recovery and acclimatisation ahead. Boredom will inevitably set-in, I'll be ready for 'switch-on' in three weeks or so. And I hope I can hear something, but there's no guarantees.
14 October 2008
13 October 2008
A bit daunting at first. We were the newcomers and they all seemed very social.
We started off slowly and my minder said they were acting as though I wasn't deaf - she had to keep reminding them - he can't hear, he's deaf! Hard of hearing is a relative thing, I'm at the bottom of the scale, but also at the top from the other point of view.
It appears I have [as I suspected] been unconsciously lip-reading to a degree. [There can be no lip-reading if your head's in the cupboard can there?]
I was able to get the gist of a lot of what was said. Of course the teacher was speaking very clearly for the class. Some things came out ridiculous. Luckily I could check what was actually said on another sheet of paper! Numbers came quite easily.
After an intense hour of lip-reading the class finished and our classmates all scuttled off to parts unknown. We signed-up and paid the subscription. I can certainly recommend the class, even if you're not completely deaf!
We also met two volunteers who are themselves cochlear recipients. They all seem like a nice bunch, mature. One fellow said [I think] "Dont worry we'll take care of you" and I think they will.
Better Hearing Australia [Sydney]
We met in Martin Place - I think he picked me out, wearing all black adrift on the sea of suits. I suppose I stood out.
We went to his office and spoke generally but also specifically about some aspects of the implant only a recipient might now. Like how things sound via the implant. Also some handy tips - DVD player on the train while commuting [he's a movie buff, something else to talk about] with the implant off and the subtitles ON.
[This is a big thing - some of you will know that I enjoy the odd movie, in a cinema. How can I do that now without subtitles? No dialogue, no music, no sound effects]
Anyway it was a very positive meeting. He's very accommodating as are all the cochlear community. I think it is a community.