Monday, May 9, 2011

Hearing New Sounds...

Yesterday I heard this buzzing noise in my ear for about 10 minutes. I had no idea what it was where it was coming from. My windows were closed. I was confused and got worried. A friend of mine said " get out your backup processor" try that with the rechargeable's and a disposable batteries. For about 10 minutes or so couldnt put my implant on. I have no idea why. One friend said it may broken so I started to panic. I never wore my backup yet EVER. She also gave me the advice to WEAR it every now and then. I didnt think... I didnt know. Im still adjusting and new to this. I still cant put it on. So today I found out thanks to Facebook that I HAVE TO PAIR the implant. First I have to take the first implant off the remote then pair the second implant. I wasnt told this. I do remember my audiologist putting the backup on the computer and testing it. Thankfully Im going on Thursday for my mapping. PHEW. I emailed her as well. Good thing I checked! I still couldnt pair it im having a problem hopefully itll be fixed thursday.

Other than that Im hearing new sounds. Here is a short list.
-my footsteps as Im walking
- Birds and I think it was the wind with the windows shut in my bedroom. I think it was the wind im not quite sure.
-MUSIC- I hear all the words all the beets its amazing to all my songs on my ipod every one of them. I love my audio cable wire that I put into my implant and ipod in order to hear the music in my ears. AMAZING. I never heard music so well in my life! Even songs I dont know it takes me about 5 minutes to process the new song. Then I repeat it and I hear it fine.
-My niece screaming my name " DDDDDD" with my bedroom door shut. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
- Conversations outside
- the door or a car passing by with the windows open in my room all the way on the 2nd floor.
-an airplane
- Someone pulling in the driveway is a new one or shutting the car door.
- the ice cream truck from my bedroom with my windows shut. Soo neat! never heard that before.

I haven't been practicing at all. So much has been going over here but I put on my implant everyday and I just go about my day. I am less stressed as I mentioned before. There are times that I cannot hear you and I still WILL NOT SAY " i cant hear you" I don't know why I cant just say it!

Yesterday was Mother's Day so everyone went out to brunch. I was able to hear my niece across the table. I heard my mom talking about something but I couldn't really make out what she was saying. I was able to communicate fine with my sister and brother in law across from me. It was really loud and packed at my cousins restaurant. I thought I did really well though. I was able to understand most of what everyone was saying. This was my first time at a restaurant with my implant.

On Thursday when I go for my mapping, I'm going to ask my audiologist to put it louder. I am also going to ask her if she can please put the background noise option on my remote. For example: when I'm at a restaurant I can touch my remote and it will block out the background noise. I really want this program on but my audiologist said it is still too early. She will turn it on in a few months. I feel like I'm ready now. I think it will help me. I'm going to ask her again this month.

I am comfortable on this program but again I think I just need it LOUDER. I am hearing more and more each day. This has been an amazing journey. I am looking forward to going to my first hearing loss convention ever in June! I hope to see many of you there!

Time is flying like crazy and I cant believe that it has been 3 months with my Implant.

Another thing is my ears are so tiny like I said before. The implant falls off alot. I tightened the magnet as far as it can go. My curly hair is thick as ever. So I cant win. My audiologist did say on Thursday she will show me something and if im comfortable to buy it but I found out that this is used on children! I dont want to wear that item. I cant remember the name but i saw it online and I really dont want to wear that. I dont know of any other options but Im going to dry a headband. I have the small snugfit on my implant still and I cant use my implant without it because then it will fall off immediately.

I also want to make a note that I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Disposable batteries! I only use 2 and they last about 2 - 3 weeks. Its great. I use mostly my Disposable batteries because I have plenty of them.

Thanks for reading! Have a good night.


Vivie said...

Dani - I'm an adult too , and I wear the babyworn :)Honestly , it's worth the peace of mind and I don't care how I look as long as I can HEAR :) you should try it out first before rejecting outright :)

SpeakUp Librarian said...

That's wonderful that you are having so much success at hearing new sounds and enjoying music.
Thanks for the update, Danielle.

Annie said...

I'm enjoying your updates, wishing you continued success with your implant!

: )