Today it has been two weeks and 3 days since my surgery. My head feels a little better each day. Initially the side of the implant was really numb. It was pretty strange but it has been getting better each day. I can feel my ear now but the actual area of the implant is still rather numb and I have a bump which is less tender each day. The surgeon said I should only feel a little ridge once the healing is complete. Today I noticed I could hear popping inside my ear like when you have a cold and your ears crack from fluid.
My first week back to work was pretty tiring. I came home the second day and took a nap and went to bed around 9:00 every night. That seemed to help a lot. I think I was tired from talking too loud to my young art students who can be pretty unruly in the afternoon. I went home with a headache each day.
The fact that I can’t hear out of my implanted side has been easier than I thought. I couldn’t hear much anyway though it gave me a sense of balance and sound awareness.
I decided to write this blog to keep a record of my progress and challenges with a cochlear implant. On May 10, 2012 I received a cochlear implant in my left ear. I’ve been hard of hearing all my life. As I became older my hearing problems became more and more a challenge. My hearing loss is sensorineural and considered a genetic hearing loss.
I have investigated getting an implant for quite a while and was turned down 3 times. Each time I was told that I was right on the fence, “not quite bad enough'” This past year I found hearing in my busy art classroom so hard and staff meetings were impossible. Even with my FM system centered on the table I couldn’t pick up what people were saying. I felt I was doing as much as I could and things weren’t working well enough.
When I was considered a candidate this winter we scheduled the surgery for May 1oth so I would have the summer to adjust to the processor before going back to school. The surgery and recovery went well and I have just returned to work today. I left early with a pounding headache but each day will get a little better.