Only place to go is down…

I’ve often said that if this is the best my hearing gets, I’m happy with it.  Well, we have definitely reached “the best” in one sense.  In another sense, it’s back to terrible.  Had my one year mapping yesterday, with a new audiologist, and as with every mapping, today I hate it.  The good news is that my speech recognition scores came in at 100%.
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All in a day’s work

Some days you go to work and it’s the same old same old. I’ve been doing the same thing in my career for 20 years. The technology changes, but it really is the same every day. At least I’ve always worked at places where what I was doing actually makes a difference in the world, so the monotony has meaning.
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Walking on broken glass

A year ago today, I was heading into surgery to get my cochlear implant.  I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I one thing I knew for sure:  it was going to be a lot of work.  I’ve actually been really lucky because my brain adapted quite quickly once I was activated, and I was understanding speech the same as a hearing person within a few months.  But even almost a year after my activation there is one thing that is still difficult and will never change:  what I hear now will never sound “natural”.
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If this is it…

The last couple of weeks has brought a couple of shows, some tentative singing, and a lot of listening.  I find I seem to have reached the point where “new” is no longer happening very often and what I’m hearing is very stable.  There doesn’t seem to be much growth or learning.  At 9 months post-activation, I expect this is normal and this is now how I’m going to hear.
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Closer I am to fine

Been super busy these last couple of months with work, social activities, and shows. It’s exhausting but I’m grateful that I’m able to enjoy it all much more now. In the last month, I went to two completely opposite shows: Michael Feinstein with Cheyenne Jackson, and the Indigo Girls. Both I’d never heard live and didn’t really know much of their stuff, yet I was able to immensely enjoy myself anyway.
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