telephone woes 
Sunday, March 16, 2008, 06:34 PM - General
I have been having difficulty hearing our internet phone. I can hear the person talking - but I cannot work out the words they are saying. Making the volume louder does not help make the words clearer - so its not the volume that is the problem.

I played about with the settings to see if it was any better and I found that setting two (quite mode) on T helps. So it may be that I have to change the settings while using the phone after all.

We tried using the phone on the land line rather than on the internet, but I dont think it made much difference. Maybe the sound quality in Australia is different to the UK?

Using the mobile on setting one with no T works great - I can hear it really well if I am in a quite place.

Unfortuntley my mobile broke and has now been sent of for repairs. My partner has the upgraded model of mine, but I can't hear as well on that one.

I might hunt out the clamshell mobile I had before I moved to Australia because I could hear ok on that.

Re Stand clear of the doors! 
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 11:46 PM - General
I was in the lift today and for sometime I have clearly heard it say ping! Going up / going down.

It sturnly told me to "stand clear of the doors today!"

Then I heard the guy next to me say jeeze they sound so american don't they.... See! I knew it had an accent which was not Australian!


I was looking through my old blog and thinking about the new blog and I suddenly realised its been two years and 8 months since my first implant. Which means I forgot to celebrate its second birthday! It also means come June 30th it will be three years old.

Its like watching a child grow and develop, they go from tiny and new to suddenly being able to run. You take a moment to look back, and you think jeeze has it really been that long?

Last night we watched a documentry on:

Soul Deep: The Story Of Black Popular Music: The Sound Of Young America. This episode was about Motown's golden age from 1959 - 1967.

Jackie" Wilson singing "Lonely Teardrops" was one of the amazing things I have ever heard. His voice (and body) just oozed sexy and this was in 1958!

My heart is cryin, cryin
Lonely teardrops
My pillows never dry of
Lonely teardrops

I've always been aware that "the blues" never did it for me. I could not get on with the sound even after the processor was switched on. Much to my disapointment because I really wanted to enjoy it.

I never realised that it was actually soul music or Rhythm and Blues I was looking for and I have always loved the sound of bass.

Off the subject but still on the subject of music

James showed me a song the other day which I really liked. Its very much influenced by australian culture. I will have to ask him what it is called and who it is by.

Edit: it was called "blow up the pokies" by the Whitlams. Its such a soft song with piano and violins and I really love it.

And I wish I, wish I knew the right words
To make you feel better, walk out of this place
and defeat them in your secret battle
Show them you can be your own man again

Apparently the Australian Govenment approved these slot machines as a way to generate money which was then used to improve the public transport system.

Along these lines about music I like. The song "I was only 19" haunts me. It was written by an austrlian John Schumann. I first heard it when I was a 18 year old student in the UK and I was too young and too imature to understand the singifcance of it or understand the australian referances.

The referance to "And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?" meant nothing to me until I came to Australia. Seeing and hearing the chopper for the first time sent a shiver down my spine as I realised what it meant. Its enough to make one cry.

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?
And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.

I tend to like music that tells a story or has a meaning. I dont have any particular fav artist - I just have a lot of songs that I like.

RE no news is good news 
Monday, February 25, 2008, 09:54 PM - General
Don't ya just hate it when people say gosh sorry I have not posted on my blog for a while but its been so busy!

Well :ooer: to be honest there has not been much to report on the hearing side of things.

I have been thinking about a blog for the asessment on my right ear rather than posting it in this blog as it might get to confusing.

Here is the link to my second ci implant blog

RE Blowing Raspberries 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 10:47 PM - A new sound
The other day my partner blew a raspberry in my ear :ooer: without my implant and I heard it :eek:

I remember when I was about 14-16 and I got my brother to shout as loud as he could in both ears and I could not hear any thing. We also tried turning the TV up with me pressed against the TV, and again I heard nothing.

My partner shouted in the other ear which does not have an implant and I head him say very clearly that he loved me. I could have guessed some of the words I suppose - but the fact I got it any where near correct is amazing.

I think once the hearing parts of the brain get woken up and used on a regular basis somehow the hearing improves on both sides and better hearing results.

I have noticed that when my battery goes in the processor side, although robotic I can hear with out lip-reading on the hearing aid side. Although no where as good as a processor, for the few moments it takes to change three batteries it keeps me in the loop.

Since moving to Australia I have tried to take a walk most days to explore. Itís very difficult to understand everyone at the moment. I come from a part of the UK which is almost predominantly British white. I am now living in a very multicultural city - I guess which would be similar to London perhaps with a very large oriental ( they call them Asian here (!) a label we use for Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.) They use the term to cover Japan, China, and similar places. It gets a bit confusing! Although Australia does not seem to have a big African population, it does have a large Greek, Turkish, and Jewish community.

However, my point was due to this rich diversity of people, you get some interesting combinations of dialect and language mixed with a strong Australian accent on top of their home accent! It makes it very very heard to understand the spoken word sometimes. Australians speak completely differently too, I think they miss the end of words. As I always seem to hear the first part but never the end:eek:

I kidded myself that moving to a country which is mainly English spoken would be easier. Bah! Silly me! Still in a few months I will be looking for work so hopefully I will be better at understanding people even if I donít know what the hell they are talking about!

RE A trip to the immigration museum 
Saturday, August 25, 2007, 02:00 PM

We went to the immigration museum today and I was unprepared for the emotion it would cause me. It was probably one of the best museums I have been too, plenty to read, pitchers and props of peoples belongings and ordinal passports. History on how things got started like for incense Myer which is a massive big mall like the house of Fraser or John Lewis came about when a guy Sidney Myer and his brother opened the first Myer store in Bendigo, Victoria in 1900.

Myer was born in Kritchev, Russian Poland (now Belarus), the son of a storekeeper of Jewish origin. He migrated to Melbourne in 1899 to join his brother, Elcon, with little money and poor English not that this stopped him from selling his wears clearly he did very well.

Sidney Myer migrated with his family to Australia and sold his wears from a suit case door to door, and decided to open a shop, it was one of the first shops that allowed women to touch the products which were lace, and undies and other bits and bobs that ladies like most. Not surprisingly it did well and developed into one of the biggest chains of clothes shop around. Further searching on good old Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia states that he was a very kind man who gave a lot back to Australian people and developed a foundation to help others.

The museum is full of stories like this, for example there was one about a couple who left their country and the guy was rather worried about his wife as she was leaving her parents and family behind. Together with another guy they built a weaving machine out of wood on the promise that his wife would weave the material needed for the other guyís fiancťe for her wedding dress. Its in the museum this weaving machine, it was built out of love, and it was used up and till she died, she passed the skills on to her own children, a little bit of culture and history and a love story that will last for ever.

(I will get the names and details next time I go as itís such a big museum that itís impossible to take it all in at once)

One of the reasons I liked being there so much is because the video was subtitled so I was made to feel much a part of it as any one else. The other reason was because they showed how the inside of what the ship would have looked if you were sailing to Australia in the late 1800 to 1920ís. It made me think of my partnerís great grandmother who sailed across in a ship with her husband, she kept a diary and as I walked round the living quarters of that ship I could hear her words in my head.

It made me think about my own journey to Australia and how the immigration rules have changed a lot since 1900; the process to get in to the country then could not be more different now. Comparing my passport to passports on display in the cabinets and looking at the visas that were granted I can imagine the relief and joy that they must have experienced when finally getting on that ship Ė especially in times of crisis and war.

I have a lot to learn about Australian history!

RE New sounds! 
Friday, August 10, 2007, 12:07 AM - A new sound
:clap: Today I tried our intercom door thingy for the first time and I heard it fine so I could buzz someone in. *phew* that will save me going down nine floors everytime the door goes.

I also answered the mobile in the car coz my partner was driving at the time, although it was difficult to hear I could make out some of the simple things he was saying. Ideal if I have to call emgerency services and its a noisy enviroment!

re dog panting sounds  
Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 03:44 PM - A new sound
Today I went out with friends of mine, one of which brought her dog with her. I could hear him panting because he was so hot.

When he decided to lay in a rather muddy puddle and become and chocolate dog we took him to the lake to wash off. I could hear him coughing and snorting as he swam in the water.

It was quite fun to hear him as its not something I have ever noticed before.

I am using the phone a lot more now and when it rings I am answering and hearing the person at the other end. Its working much better with this new program. Normally I would not be able to hear it in a public place but I can with this setting. Wished I done it ages ago!

RE New Sounds 
Thursday, July 19, 2007, 03:03 PM - A new sound
Just when I though there could not possibly be any more new sounds :eek: I have since been proved wrong.

The sound of a child's buggy on cobble stones sounds rather odd!

I can now identify the sound of a running tap with ease.

emergency services sound as they should these days - and so clear!

I am hearing the different sounds of the birds as well.

Using the phone gets easier and eaiser.

My implant broke on Wednesday the screen went wonkey and the number / letter would not come up. I went to the center to get a replacement,

while I was there I asked about the multi T loop on the normal setting so that I did not have to keep changing my programme every time the land line rang. They said that this was no problem to do - the only drawback was that the setting looks for a t loop all the time - and if it finds a broken on it can cause strange sounds.

I decided to risk it, so I now have programme one with the mutli T loop thing (which intrestinly seems to also make mobile's sound better)

Programe two ardo? sp/ which I normally use on T for the land line (just in case)

Programe three is my normal programe that I had before.

Programe four is whisper which they keep giving me - but I never use.

So far I really like the first setting - and I wish they told me about it ages ago. ... 331-175914 this is the link from David who suggested that I tried this setting - many :thanx: for this advice as its brill :clap:

Re How being hearing in one ear is changing who I am 
Sunday, July 8, 2007, 11:23 AM - General
I never gave it much thought before because I just accepted that I could not change the way I was.

In order to keep up with what was going on in the world I would read and read and read. Any newspaper I could get my hands on I read. Not being able to hear the radio or watch things that were not subtitled was a major disadvantage. My peer group picked things up around them just by listening to others. I tended to be a few facts behind. This affected my school grades, collage, spelling(!) and university. I struggled to keep up, and it was draining at the best of times.

Since the implant I can be typing away and I find peopleís conversations drop into my head and I catch useful information. I am at the top of my game in my career mainly because of research (thank gwald for Google) but these days I am also learning though listening.

Itís a bit like lip-reading with my eyes closed.... sounds odd but true. I find I donít hear as well unless I concentrate on what I am hearing. Sometimes I can convince myself that I have heard something correct when in fact I've heard it wrong!! The sounds do not turn into words until I have worked my brain to translate the sounds into words. Itís still tiring just the same as lip-reading, but itís a richer language and far more dynamic than lip-reading ever could give me.

Being able to hear voices has been the greatest gift that I could ever be given, and for that I am eternally grateful to all the professionals that have worked hard to make it possible.

The benefit of the implant is all down to me. The more itís used the better and richer the sounds become. Even after two years of using it. Itís not surprising I guess after a life time of being left in the dark, that sometimes it takes time to fully appreciate the benefit of hearing.

I can now hear myself when I am speaking on the landline much better. It is getting easier to hear names and places.

I can take myself to a fairly quite place (sometimes) and answer my mobile. But if its busy I have answer and say I will call back when I have found the ideal spot!

Still, life is good, and I would not have it any other way


Re I never knew people were so friendly 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007, 03:49 PM - General
:kiss: I never knew people were so friendly. I never realised how isolating being deaf made me.

I have this terrible habit of reading a paper while sitting in cafes and normally when I look up my food is there as if by magic before me, and nobody else around.

Now, I dont always hear the first time, but I do hear a person ask me a question or try and get my attention. I tend to say "oh sorry I did not hear you, I am deaf"

I think they go back to the kitchen and let everyone else know, because they make allowances and ensure eye contact. I now get offers of water, salt, and anything else I may want.

People tend to ask more questions and appear intrested in what I am doing. They smile more and are friendly.

I think of all the times when I have thought the person was cold or sharp or just not very nice, and I think it was because they thought I was rude, stuck up or ignorant because I had not answered them - or that I was the one being unfriendly because I was so anti sociable.

Everywhere I go I find people are friendly, I respond to their questions easier now, and they smile and engage in conversation. I speak to people more these days, even a laugh and a joke with strangers over a suitable water proof coat can make my day seem less bleak.

Who would have thought that deafness could have such an impact on mood, personality, socialiseation, a sense of happyness.