RE I got stuck to the sofa 
Sunday, July 9, 2006, 04:43 PM
I was laying on our sofa watching a movie called Dick and Jane (quite funny) and all of the sudden my implant got sucked up and attached it's self to the sofa :eek:

If I lay in a certain part of the sofa the magent is so strong it can actually pull the processor of my head and onto the metal frame under the leather :eek:

If I move my head slightly it then reattaches its self to my head :lol:

I still find it really hard to watch movies without subtitles - the news is good without subtitles but movies are much harder to follow.

I plan to buy a radio this weekend and hope that will help my brain pratice a bit more.

Re all ends well 
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 11:21 AM
:kiss:James :kiss: is fine

I told the rather angry nurse that I had rung the bell outside of visiting hours because I was unable to use the phone as I was deaf. She went and found out the info I needed and came back and told me he was fine. She said it in a slow drawn out voice as if I was a bit simple. You would think a nurse would be more deaf aware. Most of them speak to me in a very loud tone as if I am suddenly magicly going to be able to hear them.

Ah well... all ends well and James is home and safe :clap::woowoo::yay::wiggle::lol:

thank gwald for that :sigh::cool:

RE To scared to use the phone 
Friday, July 7, 2006, 05:18 AM
I thought it would be much easier now I can use the phone to call the hospital where my partner is having an operation.

But I am to scared to call :eek: I am scared it will be bad news and then the stress of it will prevent me from hearing what they have to say. I have thought about calling a few times but its scared me so much that I am going to have to drive down there and see a nurse face to face.


RE Calling Australia 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 06:16 AM

I spoke to James mum today who lives in Austrlia. It was much better and much clearer than it had been in the past. I do still find that if she says a long sentence then I do not get all of it. So it can be quite hard going if I am not sure what the topic is we are talking about.


Re Using the phone 
Monday, July 3, 2006, 07:15 AM
Today I called a friend and normally I get her confused with her daughter as they sound so alike. Today I knew it was her daughter because her voice is slightly higher than her mum - although they both sound the same.

It is getting much easier to identify people on the phone these days.


One Year Since Switch On! 
Friday, June 30, 2006, 05:54 PM
This is a summary of my year with the cochlear implant from the moment it was switched on. I have tried to only record sounds that are new to me, or sounds that have improved over time. :clap:

30th June 2005 - Switch on day

Within a few minutes of switch on:
Ping Ping
The speech sound ďShhĒ

Within half an hour of switch on:
Knifes and forks scraping
Footsteps behind me that sound just like footsteps
Chairs scraping across the floor.
Hissing of cars going by
clip clop clip clop (the same sound you make with your tongue to imitate a horse hooves

Day 1
While stationary in the car (with the window down) I head beeps which were people walking by. Strangely I heard their dog cough (bark maybe? sounded like a cough) really well!
The sound of my keyboard as I type
I am aware of someone speaking on the hands free car mobile
The music jingle in the cat advert (very soft)

Day 2
My car boot lock
The Kettle boil
The tannoy in ASDA
James :kiss: saying the names of random places (I got 5 out of 20)

Day 3
I heard a part of my name being called.:eek:

Day 4
I can hear people talking to each other while I am in the changing room
I can hear environmental sounds really clearly and they donít mush together
I can hear coffee being grinded.
I am aware of when someone is speaking to me

Day 5 Ė New Map
Hearing tests show that I have lost a little of the high pitches but I do have some hearing left on my implanted side
My Tongue does not feel as numb Ė things are still bitter and sour to taste. Creamy things do not feel creamy
Flushing the toilet is VERY Noisy. Going for a wee is surprisingly noisy:eek:
I can hear my own shoes tapping across the floor
On the video hearing test with just sound and no visual I could hear the following sounds: Shh, SSS, DA, Ah, KA, TA, Ba, Nh etc and I got the sounds correct on most of the words that were said.
We did some word exercises I had to tell her what sentence she had read out of a possible four, I scored 100%. The next test a sentence was read out and she said one of two words at the end, which sounded similar. Out of 8 I got four right.
I heard raindrops on the car window screen.
With the window down and I could hear the cars roaring pass, and a shhuuch sound of the water splattering behind the wheel.
A plastic bag is so loud! All crinkly and crackly.
I can no longer eat chocolate quietly! :eek:
The biggest and best sound I heard was the fizzzz as James opened a coke bottle.
I can hear the kettle click after it has finished boiling very well now,
I can hear James Hiccup!:eek:
Speech sounds clearer and louder (although I have to lip-read too)
I can hear sounds from the audio CD if I follow the book.
I can hear money making a clink clink sound.

Day 6
I can hear the electric shower make gurgling sounds and then whoosh as the water comes through.
The sound of the bath running sounds like a massive waterfall.
I can hear the rasp of the skin of my feet on the carpet.
I can hear my indicators when the car is stationery
I can hear the car park meter beeping
I can hear paper bags crackle and rustle.
I heard the chip and pin mini hand held computer click and whirl after I had put in my code and give me a recipe.
I can hear paper tear.
I could tell the difference between the noise level on the street and that of the shopÖ.. Did ANY one realise that electric doors make such a racket???
I heard a blowtorch being used by the workmen.
I can hear the traffic stop and start and the lights
I heard the blender, and the frothier, and the clinking of coffee cups in the cafť.
I can hear shop music
I hear people asking me if I need any help
I hear the microwave ping, :lol:
Onion skin as it crunched and my knife as it cut.
The electric grill pop and crackle bubble and hiss
I heard my mushrooms and onions sizzling in the grill and I could hear my pasta bubbling away.
I notice when the washing machine has finished its cycle.
I can hear our clock ticking
I can hear my clothes rubbing and rasping together :eek:

Day 7
I got 20% in the video test where the man says sentences and there is no visual (On Tuesday I got 0%) the Audiologist was almost jumping up and down with excitement!! :clap:
I heard a lady ask me directions in the street

Day 8
Cutting paper with a guillotine is a lovely sound!
I donít like the sound of James cooking scrabbled eggs! :eek:
Metal on metal takes a bit of getting used too!
I can hear the sound of salt when itís being poured
I like the sound of oil getting hot.
I can hear my roller mouse!!

Day 9
While I was in the back garden I heard the lawn mower in the front.
I head the coke can pop as itís opened :lol:
I love the sound of ice cubs being shock together
I also went to a craft demo and although it was loud in there I found I could follow much more than when I was wearing hearing aids.
At the shops I could hear pretty much what the person was saying with lip-reading without having to repeat (which is SO unusual)

Day 10
Today I heard birds
We opened the champagne it sounded like a gun going off. I nearly jumped out of my skin!! :boom::eek:
I can hear music a little better on the TV.
I could hear people chatting in the pub we went to this afternoon.
I head the guy who cleared our table ask if our meal was alright for us.... That was great....
I could hear the little girl chatting away to her family (which was so cool) I have not heard a child speak for years.....

Day 11
I heard my name being called in a doctorís waiting room for the first time
Bubble wrap sounds great
I am becoming more socialable
People seem more friendly and chatty than they used to be (could I have not heard people trying to speak to me before?)

Day 12
Speech sounds clearer
I spoken on the phone to my partner for the first time Ė I asked questions which required a yes or no answer
Then James started saying two or three words to answer my questions and this went very well too I was getting about 50% right and the rest I was getting the odd word wrong but the general message correct!!!!! :lol::clap:

Day 14 Ė new map
I can now hear the "s" and "Sh" much clearer than any other sound. Everything sounds normal and so clear! Every spoken word comes through perfectly whole and crystal clear.
All the sounds from last week sound more like they should do.
I was bopping along to most of the music on all of the shops; I can hear people chatting so clearly. I heard a child talking to his mum (unfortunately he grabbed my bottom and skirt) and I heard his mum tell him off and to say sorry, and I heard him say something (did not sound like sorry to me but it could of been!) I donít normally hear children so that was really cool.

Day 17
I can identify motorbikes, people chatting, and the lady taking my order when we went to pizza hut and the chime of the merry go round that was in the town.

Day 18
Everything sounds incredibly loud Ė even the quite sounds

I can hear everyone speaking and some of them I can hear their accent.

Day 19
I can hear the odd word of each sentence without lip-reading

Day 24
People say that my voice is clear and I pronounce things much better. Even my partner has noticed and commented that I was speaking and saying words very clear
I can hear the clink clunk of the cash machine draw opening and closing as well as the guy putting the money in

I had a phone conversation with my partner tonight and hardly had to get him to repeat very much. It was almost like a normal conversation - only I kept interrupting him! :roflmao:

I can hear mobile's ringing now - some ring tones sound cool some I hate!
I can hear people munching when they are eating their food.:eek:

Day 28 Ė New Map
I can now have a normal conversation on the phone Ė this almost one month since my switch on

Day 48
I can hear people say "want a coffee" "do you take milk or sugar" when they are in the kitchen *grin*
I got into one house and a child on the stairs shouted "I know who you are" the other shouted who are you and the third shouted "hi ya my name is Liam and thatís my sister" and I heard them all!
I am more confident now; I ask lots of questions and hear most of the answers or get them to say it again knowing that I will probably get it all.
While in France I heard people saying hello. I understood when a French person was speaking, and could understand them very well when they spoke in English (normally I would lip-read it and the accent would throw me)
People are more chatty than I realised. Every body says hello!
I could hear when the sea came in and out, and I could hear the pebbles bouncing out the water. :ahh:

Day 74
I made a phone call to my mobile company and car insurance
I now call my partner who works away during the week most nights for a natter and my brother and best friend once a week. :yay:

Day 252
There was a gap in new sounds coming in and there was nothing much to report Ė I was enjoying what I could hear and getting used to it. Then suddenly more progress was made and at a much faster rate!
I can now using the land line phone as normal
Today I was given a new mobile Motorola V3 which sounds clearer than the land line.
I used it while I was at work to call a friend (who I have never spoken to on the phone to before) and arrange to drop round her house for a coffee. I called her to get directions and I got lost, so I called her again and got more directions and found the place much quicker than if I had waited for her to text me. It was wonderful!
I answered my first random call and had no difficulties:clap:

Day 269
Today I identified the person by the sound of their voice when they were in a different room to me.
I notice when other peopleís mobiles are ringing.
I can hear the raindrops hitting the window (they are kinda loud)
I am able to follow what two people are saying in a meeting.
I know when the phone is ringing
I can answer my partnerís question if he is in another room.

Day 286
I can hear a baby 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!

Day 305 - San Francisco - Alcatraz
I can follow the audio at a museum
I can hear soft music and people chatting when going out for dinner
I am able to hear our waitress telling us all the options :cheers:
I was aware that the music had more than one instrument or if someone was singing

Day 306
I can hear toys making sounds

Day 307
Having a massage can be a relaxing experience Ė I can follow instructions and answer questions even when I have a lavender eye mask on

Day 308 - Las Vegas

I watch the 3D Moon Landing Film at the Imax Theatre which was not subtitled Ė I was blown away by the 3D affects and 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. :waah::ooer::lol:

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 well is really what made it an unforgettable experience.

Day 309
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.

Day 310
Another first for me happened today. I HEARD someone else go to the toilet. It was horrible :eek:

Day 311 - At the Grand Canyon:
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. :eek::cool:

Day 314 - Back in Britain
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 listened for a bit and then realised it was raining, I peeped out of the nets and sure enough there was big fat rain drops!

Day 316
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.

Day 319
I heard the sound of the post falling and hitting the floor. I never miss the door bell these days! :cool:

Day 323
I can hear my shopping being scanned on the computer in ASDA!

Day 350
I have confidence to call people who I have not called before.
I noticed when I spoke to a male friend that I could tell it was a male voice; I could hear his accent, the way he pronounced words. Itís strange how much you miss when lip-reading someone face to face. It made me realise that sometimes I am not always listening as much as I think I am. :wiggle:

Day 351
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.

Day 344
While my friend who has epilepsy was here I noticed that her voice changes when she is having a small seizure. Her voice gets very soft and sometimes goes very quite.
I no longer have to hunt round the house for James I can find him by sound. It takes a lot less time these days!

Day 347
I heard a parrot talk to me! :eek::clap:

Day 349
My implant was put in a year ago today. Not a day goes by when I give thanks to Mr Saeed, as it has changed my life beyond recognition.

Day 350
I know it sounds odd, but I am sure I can hear better with the un-implanted side now!

Day 352
I head my grill beeping when itís ready!

Day 354

A car alarm went off just now and I knew it was out side but not what it was. I could hear it quite clearly. Once I looked out and realised it was a car alarm it started to sound like one too. So I have learnt and identified a new sound! How exciting is that!!!! :clap::yay::woowoo:

Day 356
My friends have a 6 week old baby, I was really shocked to find that when they put her down after her bottle she talked to her self and made sounds like she was singing or keeping her self busy. I really thought (I feel embarrassed to admit this) that babyís only made a crying sound till at least an age where they started to smile and laugh. I could hear her burping, and then she got hic cups, some of which were quite loud for such a little thing!

Day 357
I noticed that I could hear the big nasty dog that lives in our street barking last night. I was able to identify it as a dog barking with no difficulties.
This evening there was also a dog barking - but this time it was the yappy terrier from next door which sounded small and sharp.
It is getting much easier to identify sounds.

I can hear cars approaching and they sounded really close, and would make me jump. But when I looked in my mirrors they were in fact about three car widths away! It made me so nervous that I could not drive with the window down. Guess my sound perception is a bit off at the moment.

When I was at the traffic lights and I heard some kids on bikes passing me, I actually heard them shouting to each other!

Day 360
I turned the radio on for background sound in the car while I waited for a friend. I was not expecting to be able to hear any thing really and for the first five minutes all I got was the odd word here and there. Then it started to become clearer and I was following the odd conversation with the odd word missing. Music came on and I could hear much more of the mood of the music in said of just the bass that I used to hear. I could also hear the person singing but I could not understand them. I could tell if they were male or female and I could tell if the song was upbeat and cheerful or sad and moody.

Day 361
I went to my interview by a train and at the last stop I heard the speaker tell me what stop it was very clear.

I heard the town hall bells ringing - they sounded like there were more of them than in my town. I stood there thinking how lovely it is to be able to hear the bells ring so clearly - then a car alarm went off, and although I could hear that clearly too - I did not appreciate it half as much.

The interview went really well - I had no trouble understanding him. I donít recall interviews being this easy. There was hammering in the background, phones ringing, etc and even then his voice was clear as a bell.

I got the job by the way :yay::wiggle:

Day 365 Ė One year post switch on
My implant was turned on a year ago today! :birthday::clap::lol:

I never knew that rice makes a hissing sound when itís first poured into water.

I also heard and identified my partner sneezing though two closed doors!

RE The Film called The Piano always made me cry 
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 11:43 AM

When it first came out I really enjoyed the film called The piano where Scottish Widow Ada mute from shock of the death of her husband marries again in an arranged marriage to a guy in New Zealand who did not seem very happy about it. So he refuses to bring her piano up from the beach to their hut. The piano is taken by a fellow brit who requires her to be intimate with him in order to win it back one key at a time.

I think it was the first time I had seen someone carry a note book in order to communicate. It made me realise that this could be a useful tool rather than an embarrassment. I could ask people to write things down; it aided communication and was helpful at university.

The film always made me cry, if being mute from shock was a disability - then being able to sign and hear normally was a later.

I could not think of a better disability to have, and if I was given the choice that would be the one I would chose - even though I worked so hard to speak well, I would have gladly gave up my voice in order to hear.

Sign language is beautiful to watch, it almost becomes an art in its self. I used to work with someone who had such a lovely form of signing it almost looked as thought she was dancing. It would leave me hypnotised and it was so peaceful to watch it made me sleepy.

I never really got to grips with sign language especially BSL which is a language in its own right and not English based. In order to understand BSL - you have to think in BSL. It normally consists of key words and signs for objects which force you into thinking in pictures or working out mime. I found it very restrictive and tiring. The voyager in BSL is small and this affects the way a person uses words.

Children who learn BSL as a first language often get poor GSCE results; this is because BSL is similar to broken English when translated. It looks as though when they write down their answers in BSL that they do not have a good grip on English language. This is because they are writing in BSL which is a language of its own and can not be interacted very well into English.

Children who are taught oral skills with English based sign language do much better academically. I am sure it also helps their brain to develop language in a more acceptable way and it is easier to go from English to BSL and much harder to go from BSL to English later in life.

The film is a intresting idea, but it always makes me sad.

On a brighter note tomarrow is one year since my switch on day!

Re Today was a good day 
Monday, June 26, 2006, 02:15 PM
I had an interview today and decided to get the train as I knew it would reduce the stress. At the last stop I heard the speaker tell me what stop it was very clearly. It was interesting to hear this as I was not paying much attention. When I did pay attention I could not work out what it was saying! Typical really - but itís not something I have ever heard in my life!

I heard the town hall bells ringing - they sounded like there were more of them than in my town. I stood there thinking how lovely it is to be able to hear the bells ring so clearly - then a car alarm went off and although I could hear that clearly too - I did not appreciate it half as much.

I went to a cafe because I was early and ordered a coffee I must have missed the girl asking me if I wanted milk coz thatís what I got and I donít drink milk in my coffee!

The interview went really well - I had no trouble understanding him - in fact it went so well that when he had trouble explaining something I was able to explain it back to him in a much better way - and he said yes thatís my point a lot! Maybe we were just on the same wave length but I donít recall interviews being this easy. There was hammering in the background, phones ringing, etc and even then his voice was clear as a bell.

After that I decided to treat my self to brunch and I went to a little cafe next to the station that was really sweet. I ordered an apple; stilton and walnut hot wrap, and went and sat down. I had my back to the lady and I was busy with my phone - when I heard her call out. I got "do you want mumble mumble with that, mumble apple mumble?" I turned round and said excuse me can you say that again please and it was "Do you want real apple with that or apple sauce? Ah! Real apple, please! I was quite smug, because normally they would have assumed I was thick, ignorant, possibly deaf (but then I am too young to be deaf I am told!) or just rude.

I think a lot of people used to think I was either very rude, or stuck up. As I always seemed to get stroppy people and thought that was normal. These days I get happy people who smile at me because I have answered their questions previously so I must be alright. It kind of sets my day off nice. Well nicer than it used to be.

I rang James up to let him know that my interview had gone really well, and I had no trouble hearing him - not even when a big metal cart got pushed by which was loaded with drinks and rattled loudly as it went pass! Every time I try to call someone in public, I have a quick look round, assess that itís safe and quite and boom! Something loud will occur right next to me! Last time I tried to call James I picked a really quite spot with no people what so ever, I dialled - and as it was ringing I watched a guy walk near me, put a case down, open it and by the time James answered the guy was playing Jazz on his saxophone! James shouted why did you ring me when youíre standing next to a guy playing music!???!!! Doh!

I got my train home, and I was just about to ask the lady next to me if I had the correct train when she turned and asked me in said. I heard her fine even though it was really noisy.

I got back and decided I would go for a quick coffee before heading off home, in the cafe I was watching two girls chat - they seemed Italian as they spoke loudly and excitedly and guestured in a big way with their arms. I heard the reserved british couple make comments about them under their breath! I found it very amusing!

RE Listening to the Radio in the Car 
Sunday, June 25, 2006, 04:16 PM
We went for a drive today as I thought we were just going somewhere quick but it turned out James had other plans and he decided to go to two supermarkets on the way too.

I was not dress to go out as I was wearing trackie pants which are covered in grout as I am in the middle of doing the bathroom!

So I decided to say in the car and thought it might be a good idea if I turned the radio on for background sound. I was not expecting to be able to hear any thing really and for the first five minutes all I got was the odd word here and there. Then it started to become clearer and I was following the odd conversation with the odd word missing. Music came on and I could hear much more of the mood of the music in said of just the bass that I used to hear. I could also hear the person singing but I could not understand them. I could tell if they were male or female and I could tell if the song was upbeat and cheerful or sad and moody.

I thought it went quite well and I am now thinking about buying a digital radio to put on while I am getting ready for work and also for when I am sitting in my office at home.

It would be good practice and I quite enjoyed listening to it. It is something that I never thought would happen in my life time. I used to hate the car radio it gave me terrible tinnitus and headaches, it used to sound like very loud static. To think I listened to the radio today and got some benefit from it, is amazing!

The only thing I did find sad about the whole day was the fact that I have a world of possibilities open to me, I could buy any CD I want to listen to and perhaps eventually be able to hear it well. But I will never be able to go back and grab all these times that I missed when I was younger. I canít even buy the music that a partner of mine Andy who has since died, may have listened too. I gave away all his CD's to his sister as at that time it was never going to be any use to me. Now I wish I had kept something of his music. It brings a lump to my throat to think that I never paid much attention to what he used to listen to so I have no clue to what was his favourite music. Some songs I know he particularly enjoyed like Lady in Red, "something stupid", "bat out of hell", "Donít want to miss a thing" I think he liked Queen but then I am not sure. I think he would have been so pleased for me, and it would have been lovely to off hear his Birmingham accent! I used to tell him his lip-pattern was so common!

Guess thatís just the way life is.

Re I am much more socialble these days 
Saturday, June 24, 2006, 05:41 PM
We went to visit friends of ours today to show them our holiday photos. Its the forth set of friends that I have visited this week and there is still one more to go!

I am much more confident in making friends these days because they are not as hard work as they used to be. Even if I miss a part of what is being said - its very easy these days to pick up the thread of the conversation again. Just like it used to be when I was younger, lipreading seemed such a powerful tool then.

With the implant and lipreading I feel like I am flying on top of the world.

It's a great feeling.

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