I´ve been losing hearing from age 17 due a progressive bilateral hearing loss. Nowadays I’m deaf. At that moment I could no longer understand movies without captioning and had to start relying on lip reading to communicate with people on a daily basis. It took a long time for me to finally accept my hearing loss. Besides my deafness I had other symptoms like, dizziness, headaches, disorientation, and my ears were ringing all the time. The diagnostic for my illness is called tinnitus. I was feeling very sick.
For me this whole thing of being deaf wasn’t easy to deal with, because I was losing one of my senses and this make me feel so bad.
I was implanted and activated 2 years ago and my hearing experience has been amazing!! I really started hearing again 6 months after the activation. The first sound processor that I had was Freedom; thanks to it that communicational barrier stop existing and I had the chance to re-learn the sounds like my dog barking, the doorbell and even my own voice which I didn’t like at the time because it sounds funny like the chipmunk from the movie.
Then I learned about the N5 sound processor. It’s the smaller in the industry, improves your hearing in noisy environments, it’s water resistant and it has a remote control that lets you know graphically any failure in the S.P., you can switch to telecoil and programs established. The sound quality it’s unbelievable everything sounds so clear and Sharp it makes me feel like a hearing person again. In fact, The N5 s.p. allowed me to recognize sounds that I took for granted before I loss hearing like: the sound of the wind, the sound of a kiss, the sound of my own steps, my voice sounds nice it doesn’t bother me know.
I know that for some people or hearing people may think it’s silly but I have a dream and that is to listen the sea again and the sound of waves breaking on the shore. It will be very rewarding for me because brings me so many beautiful memories of my childhood, when my father used to take my brother and I to the beach to enjoy those sounds and relax. I’ll tell you my experience with this in an upcoming video.
I can tell you that I’m very happy with my C.I. is the best decision I ever made, thanks to my C.I. I feel confidence with myself again.