Progress update

Forgot to include this in the previous post (I think).

I’m hearing so much better.  Things are really coming to me – and fast.  Ever since I picked up the slack a couple of days ago and started wearing it 10-12 hours a day, the sounds are learned everyday, and things are really starting to come together.  I expect at this pace, I should be at 60% of my potential by August.  That may seem like a far time away, but I am going on a road trip in July that will be 10-12 days long, depending how much driving we get done in the first couple of days and the the day we leave Vegas.

I am probably not going to bring my CI to Vegas.  I have perfectly good reasons as to why not.

1) I am going to two clubs that are guaranteed to be crazy, and packed, and this is bad news for a CI.

2) I have a reputation for breaking or losing my phone in every Vegas trip I take.

3) I like to drink and have a good buzz going, and that would be really irresponsible for a rookie CI user to keep his CI on while drinking, potentially not noticing it might have fallen off.

4) It’s Vegas, baby, Vegas. The CI can take a little vacation.

I am really, really excited by my progress up to date, and I can’t wait to see what it’s like come August.

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When I turn on my CI, especially the last couple of days, the shocks (aka the high-pitched EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sounds upon turning on the CI for the day) have been really short.  To the point where it lasts for less than 8 seconds.  That’s a MAJOR improvement over 60+ seconds!  Honestly, if the shocks weren’t so bad and/or lasted just 8 or less seconds, I would have worn my CI more often.  Lesson learned:  trust the people with experience that this will eventually go away the longer you use it.

So in other words, if you are a new CI user, and you are experiencing this issue, I strongly suggest you go through those tough two minutes, more or less, and then wear the CI for 10 hours a day so your brain and ear cells gets used to it.  The longer you wear it, the better.  Even sleep with your CI on with the TV blasting if you can.

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Crap… Third mapping coming up, and I haven’t worn it much!

Well, today is the day of the third mapping, or at least was supposed to be.

Going straight to the story, basically, I thought my appointment was 11:00 a.m.  It wasn’t.  It was 9 a.m.  I missed it.  Luckily for me, my audiologist, Jill, was kind enough to give up her lunch break the following day (June 17th) at noon just to see me for a short time.

Anyway, the past two days before this scheduled appointment, I wore the cochlear for the first time in about a week, and I wore it for at least 10-12 hours both days.  This made huge progress, leaps and bounds.  I hear so much better, it’s starting to come all together, and I easily jumped two levels in the Sound and Way Beyond CD program.

So after this appointment came and went, I had the audiologist adjust the volume.  By adjusting, I meant jack it way up.  I felt that as the day went on, it seemed to get quieter.  I like things loud.  I had the CI set on to the maximum volume allowed by the remote.

After this appointment, we jacked up the volume and made it a 7, so if I wanted to go even louder, I can. 🙂

I have a busy weekend this weekend, but Monday should see me making more progress.  CI-wearing days are to be: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.  Saturday is a wedding and I’ll be drinking, so I don’t want to chance losing my CI!

I might consider wearing my CI at work to see how that goes.

The next appointment is on June 28th.  It is at 11:00 a.m.  I will make sure I am not late for this one!!!

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Second mapping

Okay, so I haven’t really been using the CI as much as I’d like to.  The shocks were just too much of a bother and hassle for me to even consider wearing it, and when I do wear it, it’s never for longer than a hour or two.

I did try turning the volume down, and that did help a bit, but I am still not hearing the way I did with my hearing aid.  I am unmotivated, but I am hoping there is a turnaround.

The second mapping came and went.  We re-tested everything since I have a better picture of what was supposed to be done and how it’s supposed to be.  I felt the second mapping made things easier and better.  Unfortunately, I had a busy week coming up, so I won’t have a chance to wear it for 10 hours yet.

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Progress update

Okay, what am I hearing?  Just the quiet sounds, like shhhh, ssss, etc.  BOOM, BOOK, even my dog barking, I can’t hear yet. This annoys me, but apparently I need to wear the implant longer and everyday to obtain the ability to hear that kind of stuff.  Just figured I’d let you know where I am at.

I do like, however, how I can hear ssss and shhh when watching a movie.  I’m hearing parts of a word (like shut” that I never heard before.  Everything else is pretty much in morse code, one big, boring beep.

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First official mapping

I already got mapped the day they turned on my implant.  However, apparently in the CI world, even though you get mapped on Activation Day, it’s called Activation Day, no matter what, and the next appointment that follows that is recognized the first mapping day.

Don’t ask me why.  I’m just going with the flow.

Okay, forgive me, for I have sinned.

I haven’t worn the CI much, if at all.  And if I did, it’s for a half hour to two hours tops.  I made excuses not to wear it and whatnot.

Those high pitched EEEEEEEEEEEEEE that are so physically strong when turning the CI on for the day just really scares me away.  It annoys the shit out of me, it bothers the hell out of me, and I won’t put myself through that.  No way.  I’d rather let Mike Tyson or Floyd “Money” Mayweather knock me around for a round than go through that damn noise that feels and sounds like an electrical shock.

First mapping came and went, and I explained the shocks to them.  My audiologists explained that can be common and with time and use, it will go away.  To be honest, I was unconvinced.  If anything, I know my body, so I know more than them, and I was convinced that something was wrong with me, or even my CI.

All my life, I felt invincible, like nothing can stop me, and nobody knows me any better than myself, yet these two people who I barely know were telling me it was no big deal, that it’s a common occurance?

Then again, these people are trained professionals, have a license, have a degree, and are the ones that put this thing inside my head.  So maybe I should listen to them after all?

Except I couldn’t.  Something wasn’t right…  At least, to me, it seemed.

The appointment went well, we re-did everything, and the shocks were still there.  We went through everything since I have a better picture of what was supposed to be done and how it’s supposed to be.  I felt this mapping made things slightly easier and better.  Unfortunately, I had a busy week coming up, so I won’t have a chance to wear it for 10 hours yet.  Soon, though, soon.

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Got an iPod!

BUT, don’t get excited yet.

One of the reasons I wanted the Nucleus 5 was it’s ability to have a cord that can plug from the CI to an iPod so that I can hear music directly, if/when I ever get to that point.

So I mentioned this to my friend MFK, asking if he had a spare that I could borrow since he used to fix up iPods for side cash.

Instead, MFK gave me a sweet 30GB iPod, which can hold 7,500 songs.

Good friend I have.  Thanks, MFK, again.  Much appreciated.

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