I had my 1 month after activation mapping (programming) visit last week. I had a new audiologist this time, a man who has bilateral cochlear implants from the same manufacturer as I have. He decided to go to audiology school after getting his implants. What a great experience! I’m hearing very well now. I can recognize most voices even though some of the time there is also a dual layer of mechanical voice present too. I’m told that will reduce in time and it doesn’t really bother me. The audiologist was very surprised with how well I was doing and that made me feel great! We tested each electrode for both how loud I could stand and how soft I could first hear. That’s very important to ensure the settings are personalized for me. We made a few changes that will help me talk better on the telephone and listen to music.
Since I can only hear on one side I can’t really tell where sounds come from. I’ll be glad to be back to stereo hearing after the next surgery. What’s interesting is that I’m hearing so many more environmental noises now and I don’t always know what they are. I can hear the ventilation system that cycles air through our office and hardly anyone else can hear it. Of course, there is a lot of noise too. It bothers me sometimes but I think my brain is getting used to just ignoring it. Have I said how amazing this technology is?
One day at work I was sitting at my desk and thought I heard a siren. It wasn’t very loud, but definitely sounded like a siren. I didn’t pay much attention to it because I hear lots of noises that I can’t identify. A coworker walked into my office and I asked if there had been a siren going off nearby and she said that there had been. Wow!
My surgeon’s office has filed the paperwork for approval for the surgery on my right ear. We tentatively have the surgery scheduled for June 8th. I can’t wait to hear bilaterally, in stereo again. Since I’m not wearing a hearing aid in my right ear currently, I have to pay attention to my right side more in case someone is talking to me or there are noises that I hear.
Thanks to everyone who has sent encouraging words! I appreciate all the support!