Three month Review 
Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 04:04 PM
Three month review

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

On the AB Word Test (single words) for phonemes this was 52% and words was 33%

On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) this was 82%

On the BKB sentence test (with background noise)this was 49%

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

Pre implant test on the 25.05.05 results

On the AB words test I got 0%

On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) I got 9%
On the BKB Sentence test (with background noise) I got 0%

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 hearingaids in 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,

I am improving!!!

79 days post switch on 
Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 04:34 PM
Yesterday I called t-mobile and my car insurance company and changed my direct debit to come out of a new bank account with no problems.

I told them I was deaf and used a hearing aid and would tell them to repeat if I needed to - I just needed them to speak clearly.

I asked them to repeat once or twice but found it fairly easy to do!

I am totally thrilled!

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.

next on my list is my partner's family who are in Australia so it will be nice to have a natter with them.

71 days post switch on 
Monday, September 12, 2005, 04:33 PM
I am due to have my 3rd month map on the 27th Sep which I am looking forward too. It does not seem possible that it has been three months since my switch on Ė and my life has changed more than I ever dreamed was possible. Today I noticed that the birds sounded more like bird cheeps. Ever so often I get a sound which I cant always identify but my brain eventually works it out. I can hear my phone beep when I get a text message if everything else is very quite.

I have noticed a massive change since the first month it was turned on. When I first listened to my oh talk to me on the phone we had to use msn messenger as a back up for when I did not get a word he was saying.

These days I do not have to use msn messenger for back up any more and can generally work it out after a second time of it being said (altho its not often that he has to repeat)

I had a telephone call to my brother the other day and to my best friend and I was so shocked by how well I was able to hear them.

I still find it a bit of a struggle hearing someone on a mobile but if they are on a landline it sounds quite clear.

One thing we have noticed is my hearing is not consistent. Sometimes I hear very well and sometimes I donít! Sometimes it sounds louder than other times (even though the settings are the same)

Some times I get a lot of feedback or very loud whooshing sounds when I turn it on and it takes a few minutes to settle down - other times I can put it on and it sounds great.

I have noticed I hear much much better with a hearing aid on my other side. Which makes me think that two would be far better than one. (we plan to contact our health insurance about this soon)

48 days post switch on 
Thursday, August 18, 2005, 04:31 PM
Still hearing new things, work has been a breeze since the ci. 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.

No pain or discomfort from the magnet or scar. Sometimes have a quick burst of what sounds like tinnitus when I turn it on or off. It goes away pretty quick and I have been told this might be the hearing nerve misfiring and not tinnitus after all.

I wonder how I got by at work now I have the CI, I can hear people when they speak to me these days and I know when I am being spoken to.

While in France I knew " 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.

The plane was far to loud for me tho I had to turn it off. Although I did hear the check in guy and understand what he was saying which was cool.

28 days post switch on 
Thursday, July 28, 2005, 04:31 PM
Amy decided not to change anything on my map today as it has been so good.

Today I had a phone call role play session with my therapist which went like this:

ring ring

Me: Hello?
Karen: Hi Zoe can you hear me
Me: hold on you sound very faint
Karen: ok
Me: ok hi
Karen: hows that?
Me: Ooh you still sound faint hang on
Karen: ok
Me: ah I had it on the wrong programme and it was not on T
Karen: laughing ok hows that
Me: ah much better
Karen: its Karen
Me: hi Karen
Karen: how are you?
Me: oh I am fine thanks
Karen: would you like to go out for lunch next week?
Me: yes
Karen: would Tuesday be ok
me: Tuesday would be fine
Karen: about one o clock
Me: yeah ok
Karen: we can meet at the cafe in town
Me: yes ok
Karen: I will meet you outside
Me: sorry can you repeat that?
Karen: I will meet you outside
Me: ok then Tuesday outside at 1pm
Karen: ok then see you next week bye!
Someone knocks on the door (audio Amy)
Me: come in....bye Karen!
Amy: (in shock) ZoŽ told me to come in and she was on the phone!
Me: (laughing) I heard you knocking!


This is two days before my one month post switch on.

24 days post switch on 
Sunday, July 24, 2005, 04:30 PM
I had my new map on Thursday and she said I was a classic text book case (makes a change from being told "thatís odd, I have never seen that happen before and I have worked in this field for 20 years!)

It actually got turned down coz I could hear quite sounds very well (they were so loud! :o ) apparently I have been going round whispering at work and I talk softly anyway!

I am now speaking in normal volume and people say that my voice is clear and I pronounce things much better :clap: Even my partner has noticed and commented that I was speaking and saying words very clear (thatís the bad thing about being deaf your voice does get worst over time)
So this to me after less than a month of it being switched on its amazing.

I went to the petrol station today (for chocolate as you do) and I could hear the clink clunk of the cash machine draw opening and closing as well as the guy putting the money in :o

I could hear people nattering to each other and a guy joking with the assistant and I could pick out the odd word.

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

I can hear mobile's ringing now - some ring tones sound cool some I hate!

I nearly snapped a guy's head of at work the other day :oops: I was really busy and concentrating on something that was getting on my nerves. I honestly thought he was hitting something with a plastic tray or hammer.... I turned round and I was going to snap "what are you doing"

He looked up at me if to say what have I done ( I must be really scary!) all he did was put his lunch box on the plastic tray, and peeled of the lid of his lunch box! It sounded so loud! I swear I could hear him munching his salad! :o

Hopefully it wont be so loud now the Audio has turned it down a tad - hearing someone munching their lunch was not what I had in mind :D

19 days post switch on 
Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 04:29 PM
I tried the beam setting when I was in the back seat of my managerís car. I could hear her speaking to another colleague and I could also hear when she put the indicators on.

I got the odd word of what they were talking about and knew they were talking about my managerís new car and how she found the gear stick very odd and difficult to get used to.

I found that I could catch the odd word and put together what a child I previously could not hear very much off. It was lovely getting clear words from him and being able to piece together what he was trying to tell me with very little effort.

A man I speak to a lot who is originally from Algeria so he has a strong accent but a very soft voice and I have always struggled to lip-read let alone hear Ė came through loud and clear. I was so pleased I said oo keep speaking and he went all shy and shut up for the rest of the time I was there!

In ASDA I heard the tannoy and thought cor thatís loud Ė it was starting to give me a head ach then I realised why. I still had it set on beam! I did not notice much difference between setting one and setting three (meant to cut out noisy backgrounds) but will keep trying. I did notice however I am shattered today and my head feels very fuzzy. I had to take the processor off when I got home as it was all to much.

18 days post switch on 
Monday, July 18, 2005, 04:27 PM
I am still getting used to the sounds which all sound incredibly loud.

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

I tried setting four on T when speaking to James Ė the problem is I can really hear my own breathing when its on this setting and even when I turned it down to V four I still sounded very loud Ė it gave me a head ach. I tried setting 1 on T and that was easier to deal with but not as clear.

17 days post switch on 
Sunday, July 17, 2005, 04:26 PM
Today we went to Southport beach, unfortunately the sea was way to far out for me to possibly hear it! I did hear motorbikes, people chatting, and the lady taking my order when we went to pizza hut and the chime of the merry go round.

14 days post switch on 
Thursday, July 14, 2005, 04:25 PM
Today I went to have the processor programmed again (new maps)

When she turned it on I started to cry coz I heard her so clearly (before I could hear her but it sounded like she was whispering and now I could hear the "s" and "Sh" much clearer than any other sound) now it just sounds normal and so clear! Every word comes thru perfect.

Deborah read some paragraphs from a book and after saying the same thing three times I was able to get most of it right.

I now have four programmes:

1) Normal everyday programme (can be used with T but then I cant
hear myself)

2) Beam

3) for noisy places

4) for the telephone which is set so I can hear myself as well as
the other person

I have not tried them all yet!

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.

I brought a few things to celebrate (this is getting quite expensive since I have two more appointments to go! )most things are 70% off now so I am picking up some lovely dresses quite cheap. But I can hear the ladies ask me if I want a shop credit card for 10% off... I always wondered what they were asking me about - it used to get so confusing. I used to think "look I just want to buy the dress and get out why does this have to be so difficult" Now I can say no ta and pay... so much easier.

Things are clearer now and louder which takes a bit of getting used to... as all the sounds from last week were I said they did not sound like I expected them to... now sound like they should

I have been walking around with the biggest grin... people have smiled at me and given me a look as if to say what is making you smile so much!

On a really positive note I got speaking to a dad who's little girl is under going the assessment for the ci (she could only have been 5) and I gave out my webpage so he could have a look at the photos.

Deborah is now trying to get me to write a book Not sure if I could cope with that!!

I was told to listen out for bird sounds: the dawn chorus, noisy, busy starlings, cawing crows/rooks, twittering swallows, quacking, gobbling ducks, hissing swans

We have a place called Pennington flash which is a local bird animal thingy it has huts etc for bird watching and a big lake.... Ooooo I could go over there and have a listen...

Fizzy coke and bubble wrap are still my best sounds and ones that I tell everyone It has people in fits of giggles coz poor jams has never had so many offers from me to get him a coke (I donít drink it - its horrible stuff)

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