Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Discoveries at 2:30 am

As I sit here in my recliner on one end of my couch I've discovered something. I'm recovering from bilateral cochlear implant surgery and my biggest fear going into this one was being totally deaf as a brick when my processor is off. As I sit here in my little snoozy nest I've built on one end of the couch, the Border Collie is bathing at the other end. I can hear her go slurp, slurp, slurp....and...turning off that processor...not such a bad thing. ;)

Thursday, January 26, 2012


My Neptune came and I took it for a swim. Awesome.
Tested yesterday for the 2nd ear. I'll be going bilateral in March if insurance agrees. ;)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I got a new map yesterday.
Not just any map....Fidelity 120 with 80 IDR. I can't believe how much fuller it is. Just this morning I was about to chicken out on the idea of it on.

Just for grins, we tried the booth. Bearing in mind my old score on my right ear was a big fat itself it's now a 51%. Put that with my combined previous score (both bad ears together) ....I had a 9%. Now with one CI and just nature on the left.....84%! Even that 51% is so much better than the 9 before.....45 point improvement for the CI ear vs everything before.

Music sounds better, speech sounds better, WOW!

I'd been testing at 70% on CLIX for a month. With just the change of map I jumped to 82% AND there were 2 that I just flat clicked the wrong button...ooops.

My audiologist is very happy and said whenever I'm ready to begin the process for ear 2, just let he know and she'll schedule for it to begin.

The only bad of the day....since Friday she managed to misplace the Neptune order form so we are waiting for a fresh one by email so I can get my order going. (Anyone have one?)

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Last night I got to play with a Neptune! I can't wait to get mine. It was fun meeting people I'd met on Hearing Journey but not yet in person.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I've been a bad blogger. I had 2 whole weeks off and yet it's been a while since I posted. Ooops. Been to 6 Flags a couple of times, graduated from AudioVerbal therapy after understanding without lipreading at 22 feet! It was a good 2 weeks...but.....

It's back to school for the kiddos tomorrow here and we teachers have been at it for 2 days. Yesterday was mostly planning and room work and today we had meetings. This morning was my first staff meeting since I got my CI. Here's the layout....about 50 teachers at round tables with principal at the front with the projector. I chose a seat at the frontmost table but still a good 10-15 feet from the speaker. I could understand very well and even could understand a good bit of questions from around the room....I needed to identify the direction the speach was coming from then could hear it more clearly.
This afternoon brought a whole other type of meeting...the district librarians meeting. I HATE those....with a purple passion. It's generally like watching paint dry....argumenative paint. There are 8 of us and....ok...maybe we all try to take over a bit. ;) Well today, I did very well in keeping up....even though we tend to get off the main topic and may have 3-4 conversations going at once then merge back unexpectedly from time to time. Most notably, I carried on a conversation with Michelle across Leslie and Janet....they were between us talking on their own topic and I managed to understand her probably 8-10 feet away.
All this was after getting brave enough to go out to a wings place with about 10 co-workers last night.