I’m more and more surprised that I can hear certain speakers on NPR radio. It seems if the audio is good and the speaker isn’t taking too fast I can follow right along. Thats in the car. That’s a big step!
My right ear which use to be my good ear at moderate /severe loss is now my worst. Some people have asked if Iwould have that ear implanted and I said sure! The sound in my implanted ear is clearer, much more definition.
But, I was at exercise class’s yesterday and we were outside and the coach is very soft spoken so I still have a hard time with her. Nothing will be perfect.
Yesterday I went in for my third mapping. Basically it was the same as last time but my audiologist gave me some more tests. She said my choice of volume is pretty much the same as last time so I don’t think she turned any up the electrodes up more though I went in thinking I was ready for more volume. The simple sentence test improved from 82% to 90%. Before my implant my bad ear got 12% w/aid and together w/aid both ears got 56%. The more challenging sentences improved from 46% from last time to 71% yesterday. The last test was 50 words. The voice said ready….and a word, ready……and a word. It ran fairly quickly so if I hesitated he was already up to the next word. This one I only got 19 words out of 50 but got 63% of the sounds. That was just with my implanted ear.
The last test was a bit disappointing but she believes I’ll keep getting better. She also told me to start using my hearing aid now in my right ear.
That’s the update. I still am really happy with my implant even if I never reach 100% because I could’t understand any speech before. Now my implanted ear sounds better than my hearing aid ear. Its a success story!
Tonight we went to a party outdoors. It’s hard to hear with background sound, probably as bad as with hearing aids. I feel really good about my implant and really like the sound quality but when I get into a gathering of people I get a little discouraged. It worked pretty well though to just ask the person I was talking to to move away from the others so I could hear better.
On another note, I went to the beach today and used my hearing aid but not the implant. Now my implanted ear has become the dominant ear. My hearing aid doesn’t sound nearly as good. I wonder if that is sound quality or just being use to a different device. I go in Monday for my third mapping and will be interested to see if I improve on the new sentence recognition score she gives me.
Also, at this point I can stick my finger all the way into my ear without any discomfort. It feels better being able to do that. I post on Monday night about my appointment.
I noticed the other night that I was hearing a little clicking sound. I turned off my processor and realized it was inside my ear. Now when I take off my processor at night I notice it. It seems more frequent at first but then becomes less frequent. Has anyone noticed that before? I have heard where they have had defective processors and then had to replace them. Aghh! Hope thats not the case.
On a good light though my sister came to visit from out of state and she said my hearing my noticeably better. We went out for the day and with me driving in the car I still had some trouble. But, still that is encouraging that she said that.
We just came from a church dinner and it was really hard to hear with all the background sound. It seems that with a CI background noise will continue to be hard. This past weekend I got together with some old friends and we took a boat ride. We were all sitting on the deck of the boat in the dark. Everyone was chatting but boy I couldn’t see faces or figure out who was talking so I was pretty lost. Oh, no worse than before. On the up side a lot of people who haven’t seen me since my surgery are saying that I am hearing better. I feel pretty good overall and want to really push my progress with this. With my daughter today her voice seems more Mickey Mouse that before the second activation. The more I can get out with different people the better it is to analyze how I am doing.