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.’’