04 September 2010
Now it's six months since number two was implanted and coming up to two years for number one.
Maybe I should give them names but they can't be names which means this one is better than that one, must be equal.
15 June 2010
So you know - this kind of message will never be posted, so spammers, save your energy and go bother someone else!
Waste of space!
10 May 2010
Balance and unsteadiness is shaping my world right now. I saw the cochDoc on Thursday who reiterated the state of my balance at the time of my BlindSac (September 2009) - bad, not much there. I'll have a new balance test soon.
I saw the NeuroPhys at StVincents today, Monday 10 May - there are some interesting exercises to try including Tai Chi. I hope there's a Leichhardt group. Where have all the hippies gone?!
Still can't drive but I'm exploring the wonderful world of SydneyBuses and CityRail.
Perforated eardrum again and still getting over an elongated cold/flu. Weak.
20 April 2010
The Commission has not released its complete report yet, but will do so "shortly".
Feel like getting involved in the campaign to encourage cinemas to provide access? In Facebook, search "action cinema access" and join the group, for the latest updates and campaigns.
04 April 2010
26 March 2010
We also did the original one considering that they are both now working in sort-of unison. I say sort-of because at times I hear two of everything not just one as I know you natural-hearing people take for granted.
What an amazing thing is natural hearing! What an amazing thing is cochlear-assisted hearing. Amazing.
With the new implant I got a snazzy yet bewildering remote control. It took me half an hour to work out that the battery was flat! There was a symbol on the little screen which doesn't appear in the book!
22 March 2010
19 March 2010
After a bit of tweaking [I dont think thats the technical term], did the sentences recognition test and achieved a result of [wait for it] [drum roll] 98%. The only error was a sentence about buying a house, not my forte. [Last visit we had to stop the word test, giggling too much - everyone sounded like Katherine Hepburn and I was replying, while impersonating Katherine Hepburn. Scored pretty well otherwise, after consideration the video umpire [yes it's coming soon]]
So now, volume is up a bit more, Carol said this re-map is quite different to the initial setup, so now we're on the way!
After the appointment I made a trip to town [bus] and the noise - you had to see it to believe it!!
14 March 2010
11 March 2010
The grey day started with the collection of my father from hospital after an overnight stay. Not good, but we're not talking about that here.
We headed to Gladesville a little early to start the video footage [movie in production, be patient]
07 March 2010
Still wasn't comfortable to drive so la chauffeuse continued her duty. Maybe tomorrow. I'm actually enjoying being on the buses although I seem to have to hang on more than previous.
Started a(nother) new blog. I'm going to add a picture a day if I can.
Have a look at
04 March 2010
The mapping (personalised settings) will have been set.
The movie footage will have been shot. Editing and captioning will be underway.
At the moment I visualise my range of hearing as about 150 degrees (from 12 o'clock to 5 o'clock or so)
I'm expecting the new device to fill in at least part of the circle. Another 150 degrees would be good.
The cochDoc thinks implant number 2 might produce more/better quality hearing than the first one.
That'd be good.
27 February 2010
26 February 2010
I know most of you are nice people, and that some of you have a hearing-impairment.
C'est la Vie.
There is however one among our number who has decided to take it upon him or herself to post messages of hope. Those messages contain links to other websites which are somewhat unsavoury.
You might ask why someone would take it upon themselves to do that. Why would they willingly vandalise someone's blog which is only really here for the amusement, information and community for deaf people the world over. I don't know either.
Rest assured, should it happen again they will be reported to the Blogger admin, who I'm sure look upon this kind of activity not very favourably.
Right now, I know they look like they are posting from the United States but I'm sure that that can be faked. They could be posting from anywhere in the world. The postings are made in chinese but that doesn't mean the poster is chinese.
For now, I won't be turning off the ability to post a comment but I will be leaving moderation firmly ON.
25 February 2010
Apparently all went well and the dizziness, often more severe with the implant in the second ear, should subside soon, and probably before switch-on in, just 2 weeks away.
He expects the performance of implant #2 [tested while I was in the operation] to be better than #1 where there was more nerve damage. And the two should work well together.
Swimming should be OK as soon as I'm comfortable
a- getting to the pool/beach
b- not drowning
If I'm still dizzy at switch-on time I should return.
23 February 2010
There is a page set up for comments [need to sign up]
Have your say
Here’s the transport page link
20 February 2010
Funny thing - when I was dizzy in treatment I had nausea as a result. This is dizziness without nausea. I'll put it down to different cause/effect.
17 February 2010
Good thing I did all that swimming - given me a bit of strength against the surgical onslaught I think.
16 February 2010
I won't be able to hear any better until SWITCH-ON in a couple of weeks. Even then it remains to be seen/heard.
So be in touch - I can still do email and monitor comments. Let me hear YOUR news!
13 February 2010
We gathered at the cinema complex in George St 'Events', formerly Hoyts.
They were joined in other cities across the country.
Here are some pics from the Sydney group [clicking the image to go the album and see larger ones]
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11 February 2010
Protest on Saturday 13 February
The Sydney protest is scheduled for 11am at 525 George St - the cinema complex.
Other locations on the Facebook page - http://tinyurl.com/deafaction10
Here's the post
Need to write a letter? Check - this link - draft letter in doc, text and pdf formats
10 February 2010
06 February 2010
The telecoil and audioloop setup in the AGL theatre worked perfectly - the best I've ever experienced!
The speaker was easily understandable, and not once did I feel the need for captions.
03 February 2010
22 October 2018
10 years a CIborg!!
28 June 2018
Visit to Vincent Van Gogh museum Amsterdam
7 February 2017
Switch-on Number 3
20 January 2017
Blind Sac right side, implant upgrade
Joined research study
Upgrade for the left side, to N6
Upgrade for the right side, to N6
11 March 2010
Switch-on Number 2!!
17 February 2010
Second implant operation
17 February 2010
Second implant due
Blind Sac operation, in preparation for number 2
Overseas travel with a CI. Round-the-World! Thanx for nothing American Airlines!
12 November 2008 9:30am
Initial meeting, Audiologist at SCIC HQ
Initial appointment, Cochlear specialist
No change, referred to Cochlear specialist
Steroid injection through eardrum
I woke with no hearing
Diagnosis and treatment, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Acme Computer founded
My first blocked Eustachian tubes
1 August 1978
First Cochlear Implant implanted [not mine]
02 February 2010
26 January 2010
To console me in my moment of nationalistic jingo, the higgledy-piggledy birds have been chortling their merry tunes out all morning. It is fitting that they might also be called Butcher Birds with their little blue-and-white-striped aprons.
Suppose we'll have to chuck another snag on the barbie, call everyone "mate", wear our hats with corks and discuss detention centres just to show how truly bluey we are around here, mate. And lubricated with ample quantities of VB. One's my limit.
"Strayans all are ostriches..." Sing it, mate!
12 January 2010
Thought I'd better check Google Maps and hey presto - I can see something there in the slow lane. It could be me, if they've done an update recently.
Today back to ten laps swimming and 4 laps walking.
I figure the best time is about 8:30 AM - the pre-work swimmers have left for work and the mothers' clubbers, having despatched hubbie to the coalface, have yet to finish their lattes. And the filter has been on all night to dredge out yesterday's bandaids and other unmentionable artefacts. Ugh! Gives me an hour or so...
11 January 2010
At this stage, who knows.
Today I received a letter from a doctor I've never been to advising that an appointment has been made for me.
Seems strange and a bit bewildering that I can't get a reasonable answer to my request for info, but I'm approached by a perfect stranger offering to operate on me with little/no history.
Of course I can't speak to anyone - Xmas holidays.
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