Laurel, Yanny, and the Art of Listening.

The Laurel/Yanny thing that took over the internet was absolutely fascinating to me.  It happened to come at a time when I was already challenging myself with focusing on specific sounds, hearing dominance, and sound balance.  The number of people saying how weird it is kind of astounded me because it’s what people with hearing loss deal with every day – and then I remembered that “normal” hearing people don’t have any reason to know about or understand the mental aspect of hearing.
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The Elusive Electrode #16

Mapping (program adjustment) of a cochlear implant is a tricky thing. There’s no one formula that works for every person. It’s not like programming a computer where there are 20 ways to do something and it either works efficiently, works okay, or just doesn’t work. CI mapping is more of an art than a science, at least from a patient’s perspective. This week, my artist/audiologist helped me find my own art again.
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Past perfect future tense

I recently commented on Twitter about how cool it is to be able to listen to music I remember from my hearing days and hear things in the proper left and right channels as intended – like anyone with normal hearing, like I could in the 80s & 90s.  Someone I don’t know posed the following question, which spawned this blog post, “Does the music sound the way you remember it when you could hear normally?”  The answer deserves more than 140 characters.
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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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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 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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