Thursday, July 28, 2011

5 good things about Cochlear Implant

Having a CI is a life changing experience. It makes your life easier and has so many advantages in a world full of sounds. It's something that gives you hope and self-confidence to be an independent person; a person who can be in any place and have the power of "volume control".

 I'm going to mention just 5 of the best things about CI.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hearing by day, deaf by night

Why hearing by day, deaf by night? Because is the reality for CI users. We depend on our processor battery life to hear and when the battery runs off we are completely deaf again. For me it is very interesting this situation because during the day while using my CI I can hear the birds singing, dogs barking, have a phone conversation and even If I want to I can hear conversations across the room...he he!

When I’m in noisy environment I sometimes turn off my processor; we have a sort of power by muting the world when we want to, hearing people can't do that! It’s a relief to have the volume control at my disposition. Being deaf and have a CI has so many advantages!

By night when I’m going to sleep I’m not aware of any sound around me. For me after a long day hearing all kind of voices, noises and sounds it’s very nice to turn off my processor and disconnect from the world and fall asleep easily and quietly.
But if there is any kind of situation during the night or an emergency situation, it’s nerve racking for me as I depend on my husband to know what’s going on. It’s the only thing I don’t like of my condition.

I would like to share with you this quote from Marlee Matlin: ‘’Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.’’

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Unilateral Hearing with Cochlear Implant (CI)

For people like me with one CI it’s difficult to understand speech in noisy environments, participate in group discussions and figuring out where sounds are coming from requires a big effort. I can read lips easily, that’s my tool for those situations when my CI it’s not enough.

In family reunions I sometimes get completely lost but there are times where I’m perfectly fine and I understand everything. When I get lost I get upset because I can’t figure out a way to follow the conversation, I’ve tried lip-reading but sometimes people talks so fast.

When I’m walking down the street all the background noise confuses me. I have to look all around to have a clue of what it’s happening. I still need to work on that.
That’s why I’m upgrading to Nucleus 5 from Cochlear®; I’m currently a of the Freedom model, also from Cochlear®. The N5 has a better sound quality in noisy environments.