CI sound is becoming more natural: the clinks and clanks disappeared when I wasn’t thinking about them, the cowbell is no longer attached to every sound, and noise has stopped wearing chain mail in my head. Although there is still an extra hum of reverberation and problems with understanding, CI sound is getting better.
In order to help my good ear keep up with my former bad ear, Gloria, my audiologist (for my right ear), increased the volume in my hearing aid. (Thank you!!) See how many people it takes to help one person hear? I’m fortunate to live in a place where such a talented and devoted team is available to me.
Then just when I was thinking I was hot stuff in the hearing department, Linda, my auditory-verbal therapist, asked if I was ready for some phone training. (Helen Keller is lucky Annie Sullivan didn’t have a cell phone). Linda called me from another room in her office and my CI ear had to answer the phone all by itself. The exercise was difficult and stressful and demonstrated there is listening practice to be done!
My Personal Hearing Festival is in full swing and here are the highlights:
My dental hygienist talked to me from behind her mask. Before, without exception, whenever she wanted to speak to me she had to lower her mask so I could read her lips. This time, I understood every word she said and she never once lowered her mask. What’s more, we chatted a lot. But here’s the kicker: my blood pressure was improved (it had been running high). Can I credit my improved hearing with lowering my blood pressure?
I can hear the faint jingle when shaking a broken light bulb near my Rondo. I. Am. Not. Kidding.
My eight-year-old niece spoke to me in her little girl voice and I understood her. On the other hand, my four sons who have been “under the radar” for years have found it necessary to lower their volume around me.
Who knew birds made such a racket? They were so loud I thought surely I would be able to hear them without my CI device, but when I took it off, the birds went away. On the other hand, I can still hear the frogs at night without my CI. Had to remove my hearing aid and go completely deaf in order to concentrate on my reading. (husband had to hear frogs all night).