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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beep, Beep

This is what it's like getting used to a new cochlear implant.
You will hear sounds but not know what they are. You have to
identify them. Then your brain will recognize them the next
time.

So here's a little story to illustrate the point. I was in the
bathroom getting dressed this morning. I happened to grab the
new processor first and I put that in my left ear.

When I turned it on, I heard "Beep, beep, beep, beep."

I put on the old processor in my right ear. The beeping stopped.
I turned off the right processor. The beeping started again. I
thought something must be wrong with my new CI.

Then I realized what I was hearing. Through the open bathroom
window, I could hearing the sounds of a bus as it turned around
in the nearby school parking lot. Beep, beep, beep, beep.

Wow. I was never able to pick that up before. with both
processors turned on, I couldn't hear it. I only heard it with
the new one alone. It was so clear and distinct.

This is my first new sounds since my mapping yesterday. I know
there will be many more to come.

1 comment:

  1. interesting. and it could be very exciting, like your a exploring a whole new world, this one made of sound.

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