I can listen to my friends while cooking! 
Saturday, June 10, 2006, 06:04 AM
Normally when I am cooking it is almost impossible to chat too, but now it is easy to do and I really enjoy it.

I was able to prepare a meal and chat away and catch up making the most of the time we had together without worrying that I was going to have to spend 60 mins doing the meal (60 mins of lost chat!)

Itís really easy to listen while I am chopping or arranging food or washing up these days without having to lip-read!

RE The way I communicate and other changes I have noticed 
Thursday, June 8, 2006, 11:16 AM
I have noticed that I still dominate the conversation and I am not very good at taking my turn or allowing others a chance to speak.

I think this stems from when I had hardly any hearing, it was much easier to talk that to listen. It was also easier to listen if I was fully in control of the topic matter.

Now I donít need to do that, but old habits die hard and I just cannot stop myself from taking over the conversation! I really need to practice listening - maybe duct tape across my mouth might be necessary!

I have also noticed that I have many more conversations when I go out these days. I used to be able to go shopping and not say a word to any one. Now I chat to everyone and I will ask questions because I know there is a good chance I will hear the answer.

Life is much easier now as I no longer hunt for what I need, I can ask and generally follow their instructions. Before, this was a waste of time because the background sounds were so loud I just could not hear them - and normally I was too tired to lip-read a new person after a hard days work.

I can hear children and people in our street as I type this (our window is open because itís hot) But itís actually rather distracting and a bit irritating!

I can hear people say things like "do you want help with your bags lovely?" when I go to ASDA. Or this "counter is shutting now, sorry" which is quite helpful!

I can hear people say short sentences to me that are pointless but nice to hear. Like when I said thank you to the guy who helped me unload my car at the dump - he said thatís ok, youíre very welcome. Which made me turn round and give him a big smile. In the past so many people must think I am ignoring them!

I had a laugh with the post office guy as I asked for a first class stamp and I thought he said "where too" so I said Cornwall. He gave me a look of surprise and said "yeah, ok, 32!"

My Nokia communicator from T-mobile has broken and T-mobile no longer sell this type of phone. Vodafone sell the older Nokia communicator with the software - but three new versions have come out since then but there is no compatible software for them.

I have emailed RNID to ask them for advice because on their webpage they talk about new software which can be used with at least six mobile phones including the new version of the nokia communicator.

As of yet I have not got a reply - which I think is poor because I need this mobile for work.

I went into O2 today to ask about the new software that should be available. As I suspected they did not know any thing about it, although they did say they would look into it.

I still do not feel confident enough to use my Motorola phone for voice calls at work without a back up mobile that I can use with type talk if I need it.

RE Recognising Tone 
Friday, June 2, 2006, 04:00 PM
Today I spent my time with two friends who have a wonderful sense of humour.

I was really surprise by the fact that the tone of someone's voice can play such a vital role. It was great to be able to hear the tone of someone making a joke, or mimicking someone else. Or being over the top and theatrical or tone in cheek.

Itís almost sad to realise how many jokes have gone way over my head over the years because I could never hear the tone of voice and tend to laugh more when itís visually funny.

I had a great day.

Telephone, telephone how I love to use the telephone 
Thursday, June 1, 2006, 05:06 PM
Today I answered the phone and it was a friend of mine. I was shocked how much I could hear in his voice that I never noticed when I talk to him face to face.

I could hear that it was a male voice, his accent, the way he pronounced words. Its strange how much you miss when lipreading someone face to face. It made me realise that sometimes I am not always listening as much as I think I am.

I also made a telephone call to my agency - it was in a different area so they do not know me at all. I spoke to a lady who did not know I was deaf (I did not bother to tell her either as it was only to be a short call) The first thing she said I totally did not get but everything else she said I did get fine. The person I wanted was not there so I left a message.

Its made life so much easier.

I call James on my mobile quite a lot now and its so much faster than texting - it also means I can say more, and get more information which is saving so much more time.

Aint life grand!

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!

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