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 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.