RE Telephone calls and a One Year Map 
Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 12:30 PM
Although itís not officially a year because my operation was cancelled till the 13st July - never the less they wanted to do the one year map.

I do not have any tinnitus while I wear the implant these days and nor do I have it in the other ear
Which is a bit odd as I used to have it in both ears and it was LOUD.

The only time I get what could be described as Tinnitus is when I go for the maps these days. I think
Its stress related - as I donít get it any other time.

Also today my brother rang me and I recognised his voice. I could hear two other people talking in
the background although I could not actually understand them - I did know there were two different voices. My brother confirmed that I was correct.

For me this is amazing because normally I would say oh its loud where you are - but I would not be able to identify the cause.

I also spoke to my old mate Debbie for about two and a half hours about EVERYTHING!!! It was lovely to catch up and also good practice for me (thanks Deb)

RE ASDA Trip and a new sound! 
Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 02:25 PM
I was in ASDA today and I could hear Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep. I looked around as I wondered what it was, it was so loud. Then I realised that it was my shopping being scanned on the computer!

RE I heard the door bell and the post! 
Friday, May 26, 2006, 07:25 PM
I got up early today as I was waiting for the courier who was bringing my holiday photos.

Normally I would be limited to the front room where I can hear the door bell/ post.

Today I sat upstairs and played around with my webpage and I heard a soft plop!

When I went down to see what it was I found a soft light package had been posted by the postman (we are now official proud parents of NpPower furbies.) It was so light I was surprised I heard it hit the ground.

Being able to hear the door bell when I am upstairs is a real bonus as I am no longer limited to waiting by the window for people to come.

Re 316 days since switch on - birds don't half natter 
Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 10:23 AM
In the morning I went into town and I had a question for shop owner, she must have been having a bad day because she got quite narky with me. It was not until I walked out of the shop that I realised that I was able to hear the tone ie bored, narky, sarcastic, cross etc which is a real bonus.

While I was in the garden killing the weeds, I noticed that not only was I able to hear the birds nattering/ singing/ having a chat. I could also hear different types of birds and hear different patterns of song they were making.

It made me smile. I guess I am going to have to find someone who is good at telling which sound belongs to which bird as I have never heard any thing like it before!

RE I am able to identify the sound of rain! 
Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 10:21 AM
I was doing my washing and I heard a sound that made me think that there was water coming out of the washing machine.

It seemed fine so I listend for a bit and then realised it was raining, I peeped out of the nets and sure enough there was big fat rain drops!

Grand Canyon 
Thursday, May 11, 2006, 02:56 AM
We have booked a helicopter ride with the Papillion which apparently is a name for a well known butterfly for the area.

It was amazing to see the Grand Canyon by air - itís much bigger than I thought it would be and very beautiful.

The bugs are huge out here and very scary! I can hear them before I see them and when I turn round it looks like an alien from Mars flying about and they tend to be a shiny black and green and really big.

We dined at El Tenor which is over 100 years old and was the first Inn to have electricity.

It was great being able to hear the waitress explain what specials they have today.

I had the rainbow trout that really was out of this world. Sadly we were to full for pudding and they looked so good!

Re Last Day In Las Vegas 
Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 02:29 AM
It is our last day in Las Vegas so we had to cram in as much as we could and even so we did not get to see all the hotels that we wanted to. So thatís settled it. We HAVE TO go back now.

We went to a hotel called the Venetian

They had opera singers in the square which were really cool to listen to. I thought the sound quality through the processor was really good.

I was really impressed with the hotel which I thought was done beautifully. I commented to James that this would be a nice place to stay next time and he told me that he thought it was pretty impressive too, considering we were on the second floor!

We then drove to the Grand Canyon which took four hours. I did not notice it take that long because I nattered non stop to james. It is so much easier to hear him when he is on my left.

Gosh that music is loud 
Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 02:14 AM
We went to the Mirage today and saw tigers and dolphins which was very good. The only thing I did notice was that the music was so loud. I could hear the beat, the bass and some of the different instruments, I was aware that someone was singing but gosh it was so loud. I had a headache by the end of the day.

James begged me to go on the New York New York roller coaster as itís our last day in Las Vagus. I said I would - but soon regretted it. I did take both my processor and my hearing aid off before we got on.

It was not as smooth as you would have thought it would be and was a very rocky ride. At one point very early on - I really thought I cracked my Jaw. When we went round the first loop the loop it felt like my stomach was coming out of my nose.

I quickly developed a strategy where I braced my feet, pushed my bottom down, and tucked my head in. As a result in the roller coaster photo it looks like James was on his own - as you canít see me at all!

Another first for me happened today. I HEARD someone else go to the toilet. It was horrible and really put me off what I was doing. It was very distracting to hear someone straining when youíre trying to do your own business. Some of these people really let rip and I was horrified at how clearly we can actually hear each other.


RE OOohhhh I have died and gone to Heaven 
Monday, May 8, 2006, 02:00 AM
We went to watch the fountains at the Belliagio Hotel. I was so overcome that I could not stop the tears from falling.

The water was in time to the music which was opera and I could hear all the different instruments and the music would fly up every time it hit a loud or high note.

It was truly an amazing sight.

We went back that night and watched it in the dark and it was so lovely it really was.

When we drive around sometimes James will put the window down and we can hear the fountians before we can see them! its really upbeat and gives you a total lift to the day.

I walked around with a smile on my face most of the day.

I can hear the lift telling us what floor we are on, and I can tell its a male voice!

Later that evening we went to see a show. If I could have my time again I would have also booked a show which had plenty of music and singing. But I have seen Penn and Teller on the TV and I have always liked them so that is what we booked.

It was well worth it Penn was sarcastic as normal and Teller was crossed between cute and creepy. The tricks were very good.

I did not get everything that Penn said - but he tends to be so physical with his tricks that it did not really matter. I got more of the verbal comments than I normally would have.

The only thing I did notice is that every time they really impressed me I would go "oh!" or "WOW" and I thought I was doing it under my breath but James pinching me let me know I was actually saying it quite loudly ! Whoops.

Life is so wonderful 
Sunday, May 7, 2006, 01:48 AM
Life is so wonderful - each and every day amazes me.

Things happen that I never dream would be possible and it is so great to be apart of the world again.

We went to see the Luxor Hotel which is an amazing sight.

The Luxor Hotel

We decided that we would watch the 3D Moon Film at the Imax Theatre and I was sceptical to how much of it I would hear.

Well! What a shock I was in for, apart from being totally blown away by the 3D affects which really did make it feel as if you were on the moon with Neil Armstrong I found I got most of what Tom Hanks was saying, and some of it was just so profound that I could not stop the tears from falling.

I have never enjoyed the cinema as much as I did today and it really was the most profound, interesting and funny film to watch. It was the kind of thing that just grabs your attention from start to finish - but being able to hear it really made it so much better.

We went to so many hotels today, the Monte Carlo, the Bellagio, Casers Place, The Mirage and Treasure Island.

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