Hello folks! As I type this my keyboard is sounding like someone is tapdancing! My goodness, so many sounds I haven’t been hearing … crickets … squeaky floors … rustling plastic around the beautiful celebratory flower bouquet my son gifted me … the coffee maker … water gurgling down the drain …
I went into the appointment keeping my expectations very low. I anticipated a LOT of unintelligible noise and static. However that is minimal, as I seem to be making the adjustment quite quickly. It is more obvious during the time my hearing aid is removed from my “good” ear and replaced with an earplug. As soon as I put the HA back in, this excess “noise” seems to be cancelled out. Of course I hear better when I have both the processor on and the hearing aid in - and conversation is definitely improved with my implanted ear now hearing, even if it is robotic. But I will continue to spend periods of time utilizing just the processor - and, already, this morning after reading along this way with an audio book, I was beginning to hear voices more normally, rather than the high pitched robotic sounds. I am feeling very positive and encouraged.
My audiologist was pleased with how I did during my session with her. She said they never know until a patient gets activated, and she was careful to remind me of that in the lead-up to my surgery. The biggest challenge was taking in all the instructions about caring for my equipment, and unpacking that enormous backpack in which AB sent all my gear!! I have been very pleased with Customer Care from Advance Bionics - the Canadian rep has been involved right from the outset and very quick to respond to queries - so a shout out for AB! That is not to cast aspersions on the other companies, I have no experience with them, and I just intend to “bloom where I’m planted” - as we all must when we make our choice - or the doctor makes it for us.
I just feel very upbeat today and want to encourage all those who are awaiting surgery. My recovery was a bit rough with the after-effect of anesthesia and a week of vertigo, but that’s all behind me now and it will be for you, too. It is so nice to be able to look forward with joy and anticipation of a marked improvement in one’s life … and no more so, for all of us, than during these difficult and unprecedented times. Cheers!