My Processor has died 
Saturday, May 6, 2006, 01:40 AM
It finally gave up the ghost and I could not get it to turn on so I got out all my spare parts and much to my relief it was not a corrupted map and now works fine - phew.

We drove to Las Vegas today and on the way stopped into a Sizzlers. That place is amazing! It is built for your every comfort and even has wheels on their massive big chairs so that you can push your way from the table with ease after putting on a ton with all the food you crammed into yourself.

When we got to our hotel at the New York New York we found out that it is fight night at the MGM and the whole of Las Vegas is packed with scary looking people who appear to be packing guns down their shorts waiting for the fight!

Itís the little guys who scare me the most - they seem so on edge. We were walking around and suddenly a fight broke out between the 6'7 foot guy's misses and another girl, the pair of them must have been all of 4'9 and very scary.

We made our escape to one of the restaurants in the MGM and had a lovely meal - I had Hilbert and prawns and James had meatballs and pasta. We walked back to our hotel and got a ice coffee and a chocolate strawberry each! Yum.

I have noticed that I am now able to hear the difference between male and female voices and even if I canít make out what is being said - I am aware someone is speaking and it sounds like speech and not white noise.

USA Holiday - Bridal Veil Fall 
Friday, May 5, 2006, 05:38 AM
Today we got up bright and early. I had no trouble ordering my breakfast and said yes to coffee and juice. (i used to normally I say yes to anything in hope I will get a coffee and sometimes it brings up very surprising results!)

We went to Bridal Veil Falls which looks just like a bridal veil! *tsk* lol

we walked up the trail and the air is full of cold droplets from the waterfall even though its quite a way off.

Once we got to the base of the water fall I could really hear it but I did not want to get to close as I did not want my processor getting wet. Even though it is splash proof I still like to take as good care of it as I can.

We had a very nice lunch - I had a taco salad which was the nicest taco salad I have ever had. James had Pizza.

We then went to Mariposa Grove of "big trees" and boy they were big!

As James is driving on the left side on this holiday. It meant that I could hear him really well because my processor is on the left too. We have talked and talked and talked and it has not tired me out as much because its not as hard as it normally is to hear him.

Later that evening I went to have a sea weed infusion body wrap that finished with a massage and a warm lavender body lotion.

I explained to the lady that I was deaf, and I had a implant. She asked first if I wanted the lavender eye mask and I said yes.

I was very please to find that I was able to hear her questions which varied to asking if I was ok, to if the lotion was ok and not to hot, to how long she was going to leave me for. I had no problems what so ever understanding her. It made the whole experience very relaxing.

USA Holiday - Off to Yosemite 
Thursday, May 4, 2006, 05:31 AM
We drove to Yosemite and went across the Golden Gate Bridge - it was pretty amazing to see.

The motorways all seem to be four lanes and massive in either direction.

I went to the ST Michaels craft and hobby shop and brought loads of goodies!

Then our Tom Tom navigator took us up a mud track which got smaller and smaller. I was getting quite worried as it was late evening and about to get dark. We needed gas, and I needed the rest rooms really badly.

Rocks were falling and one cracked our window screen and left a chip as big as a 5p! I was quite stressed out by the time we reached the hotel so I went straight to the reception and booked myself in for a body wrap.

After a nice cup of coffee we went to look around the gift shop and I was looking at all the childrenís toys (they just get better and better donít they!) and I found some small furry birds which when you pressed their tummy they made the sound of that bird. So I tried all of them and I was delighted to be able to hear different bird song depending on which toy I had in my hand. When I got to the reception to pay for a few other things the lady gave me this look if to say "is she special needs? She looks like she is, but she seems quite normal now!

I was bubbling with enthusiasm. I even considered buying one of them birds but I liked all of them so much I could not decide if to get one and which one!

all in all a lovely day

USA Holiday - Our trip to Alcatraz 
Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 05:21 AM
We got a ferry to Alcatraz today and it was amazing to walk around. They gave you the audio tapes which I took for the very first time.

I was really surprised that I could hear the main speaker quite well and got lots of information about the history. Which normally I would rely on James to tell me at the end.

The only thing I could not get on the audio was when other speakers from a long time ago came on as it was poor quality.

They also had a video which was subtitled so I really enjoyed it.

We then went to the "believe it or not" Museum which was quite fun. Again their videos were all subtitled and I really enjoyed watching them all and got so much information.

After that James went back to the hotel for a rest and I hit the malls on my own. I got chatting to quite a few people and I felt confident in asking a lot more questions than I normally would have pre op - because I know I will be able to get at least 75% of what they are saying and I am quick to work out what I have missed. Where as when I was lip-reading this would be about 55% sometimes 35% if it was very noisy.

We went for dinner at a steak house which was in the basement of San Franscio. I could hear all the people chatting (normally it would just sound like a massive nasty noise that had no identity) I could hear soft base music with other instruments. And I could hear our waitress telling us all the options. It was a lovely meal - there was onion bread - which is the best I have ever tasted, I had salmon with a lovely sauce and James had a very nice steak.

My Processor has gone wonky 
Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 01:22 AM
I noticed it on the plane and at first I thought my ears were popping but when I turned of my hearing aid I realised that my implanted side was also popping!

When we got to the hotel I noticed that the screen was not showing the full programme normally it said 1 but I could only see half of the 1. I tried to change programme and it would only show the top half of the numbers and then it went blank even though it was still working and turned on.

It seemed back to normal the following morning but later in the afternoon it went wonky again. Batteries donít seem to help at all.

The sound quality does not sound as good but I donít want to use the spare this early on in the holiday.

We are going on a summer holiday! USA First Stop San Francisco  
Monday, May 1, 2006, 04:06 PM
I have been so excited - we booked this holiday 6 months ago. I had no problem checking in at the airport. I showed them my pacemaker card and cochlear card and went straight through via the wheelchair access so that I did not have to go through the magnet field.

Everyone treated me with respect and explained what they wanted me to do clearly.

Getting into USA was a bit more complicated because I could not understand the guy at all and he was talking so fast and intimidated me so much I could not bring myself to tell him that I was deaf.

He wanted me to put my left finger on the scanner but I put my right finer on. The stress of it all made me come out in a cold sweat and I made the glass all wet which meant it could not scan my finger!

We got there eventually though!

San Francisco at night is quite scary as there seem to be loads of homeless people wondering around with all their worldly belongings and people clearly dealing on the street.

Hopefully during the day this will change!

San Francisco is truly a wonderful place  
Monday, May 1, 2006, 03:13 AM
Everyone is so friendly here and when youíre sat on the trams they will say hello, good morning and ask where you are from.

I saw a quote:

Heaven is nice, but it is not San Francisco

And how true that is. Itís so bright and clean and beautiful love it here.

RE the saga of the spare processor  
Sunday, April 30, 2006, 01:32 AM

I went to the implant centre today because I still do not have a spare processor and there have been a few communication problems between all the people that got involved to try and help me sort it out.

It was explained to me that the map that got sent for the N3 was corrupted and would not work and they were asking for a fresh map to be sent.

No one could understand why Cochlear could not just send me a freedom processor.

I had to explain that Cochlear had already told me that they did not have any freedom processors to send me which is why I got a map made for the N3 on the 25th of April.

It has been impossible for me to get hold of anyone at Cochlear because their phone is always engaged.

The ci tech also found out to her cost that she could not get hold of them to discuss it.

In the end she gave me a spare battery pack, a spare battery rack, and a disc lead. Which is compatible with the freedom processor. The only problem I might have is if the map gets corrupted - which is rare.

We both agreed not to bother with asking Cochlear for the spare N3 as it was a waste of time to begin with!

Ever felt like you have gone round in a full circle only to bump into yourself!

287 days since switch on - My Nine Month Review 
Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 03:49 PM
It is one year to the day since I had the pre implant test - what and what a difference it makes! I am so proud of my progress and things just get better and better.

This is the results of my nine month review (25.04.06), three month review (27.09.05), and pre implant review (25.05.05).

nine month test - AB Word Test (single words) I got 61% on phonemes and 47% on words

three months - AB Word Test (single words) for phonemes this was 52% and words was 33%

pre implant review - AB Word Test (single words) This was stopped due to me not being able to pick out a single word 0%

nine month review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) I got 91%

three month review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) this was 82%

pre implant review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) I got 9%

nine month review - On the BKB sentence test (with background noise) I got 65%

three month review - On the BKB sentence test (with background noise)this was 49%

pre implant review - On the BKB Sentences test (with background noise) I got 0%

nine month review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening) I got 100%

three month review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening)I also got 100%

pre implant review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening) on my right side I got 87% and on my left side I got 78% and with both I got 100%

Pre implant my pure tone audio-gram was

Right ear (decibels) 65, 85, 100, 105, 129, 115, 120
Right ear (hertz) 125, 250, 250, 750, 1000, 2000, 3000

Left ear (decibels) 70, 65, 95, 120, 120, 115, 120
Left ear (hertz) 125, 125, 250, 750, 1000, 2000, 3000,

Three month review my pure tone audio-gram was

Left implanted side (decibels) 40, 35, 30, 30, 45
Left implanted ear (hertz) 125, 250, 500, 750, 1500

Nine month review my pure tone audio-gram was

Left implanted side (decibels)35, 30, 35, 30, 40
Left implanted ear (hertz) 125, 250, 500, 750, 1500

Thresholds of 0-25 dB are considered normal. In the middle of the audiogram across the frequency range are the speech sounds. They call this the "Speech Banana because it looks like a banana when you draw a line around them. I am within that range and probably considered as having a mild loss.

I asked some time ago for a holiday processor - but I was told that they could not give me a freedom processor so Deborah made a map for me which would work with the N3 Processor. It will not sound as good but hopefully I wonít have to use it. Deborah has emailed the programme to them and they should send the processor in the post to me within the next few days.

286 days since switch on - Little things make a big big difference! 
Monday, April 24, 2006, 04:16 PM
I went round to visit someone today and they had their baby granddaughter with them. I could hear her gurggling and making snuffley sounds and contented sounds. I never realised how such a tiny baby could make so many sounds - I could hear her chuckling and making happy slurpy sounds when she had her milk!

I rang a friend on my mobile as well and arranged a day where we will meet up for lunch - I was quite nervous as I have not spoken to this friend before. Her husband answered the phone first - it got a bit confusing because he called out and started speaking to my friend and I thought he was still speaking to me, so I asked him to repeat! But on the whole it went fine and I have all the info I need. *grin*

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