31 January 2009

31/01/09 - 31/07/08 = 6mths

Yep it's six months since that fateful day when I awoke totally deaf.
Who'd have thought then that I'd have the hearing I have now? Who'd have thought I'd be going to Speech-Reading at Concord [not Burwood]? Who'd have thought I'd meet the people I've met?

Don't forget to check the hearing diary for up-to-the-minute [well, fortnight] reports of the latest hearing spectaculars.

Now, how to celebrate the semi-anniversary?
Crack a half-bottle of champagne or other sparkling beverage over the speech processor? Too messy
Lottery tickets? Can you buy half a lottery ticket?
Maybe go and have a look at half an iPhone [front half, more interesting] in anticipation of the day…

Make a suggestion!

11 January 2009

Tune-up #4

So I have had re-mapping [I call them tune-ups] number 4 on the 8th January. The settings I have settled onto are now arranged thusly
1General PurposeThis is the setting that is on when I turn on the device. I use it for general day-to-day listening.
2General + TelecoilThis is the same as #1 telecoil is on as well. This allows me to hear something on the phone but also in the nearby environment. So I can speak to someone on the phone and someone nearby too.
3TVThis is meant for watching television with but I find TV noisy and annoying. I prefer subtitles/captions I think.
NoisyThis one is for noisy situations. However the situations I find myself in are SO noisy I asked Monica to turn it down. It's not an antidote for aeroplanes and traffic
TelecoilPhoneThis setting is for standard [not mobiles or cordless] and at the movies. Theoretically it's able to be used at banks and other counters where the coil is in use but I ain't found none.

Higgledy-Piggledy Birds movie

After my tune-up of 8 January 2009 [Happy Nude Year by the way] I thought "maybe I can hear them". I went to the park in the early-ish morning, a couple of times but couldn't tell if they were there or not.
Then I thought I'd heard the mascot Butcher-birds. I grabbed the camera and went scurrying up to the park to see if I could hear them, see them and record them. Yes is the answer and the result appears below. All made on a Mac.
The background is a bit noisy but when they sing they sing it out LOUD!! Be patient and you can see one of their silhouettes - they're difficult to see, let alone photograph! It's a bit shaky - I'll use a tripod next time. There were at least two having a good ol' sing-song.
I hope you enjoy it.