@ed.winograd - yes, indeed, I experience this. 6 months ago I received my first CI. I wear a hearing aid in my left ear, but only have about 40% speech recognition in that ear. However, I am doing very well with my CI - over 90%. I have found that, even though I can hear the words on TV now, I seem to still have a problem giving up the subtitles. The trouble is, as you know, you are processing 3 things - reading, hearing, and watching. That’s a lot to manage in real time! It makes it hard to keep up with the plots sometimes. Strangely, now that I can hear again, I actually do better with audio books, or even telephone conversations, than watching video - because I only need to process ONE thing. I haven’t had a lot of opportunity during these long covid months for lengthy conversations, but I did recently have to meet with my elderly mom’s care team (all masked) for an hour long conference, and weeks later, I can recall virtually all of that meeting. So, I take that as a huge improvement.
Just before my implant, I was given cognition tests as part of a research project by the implant team. They were very much like the tests my mother was given as her dementia progressed. Needless to say this was a little disconcerting for me! I will be tested again at a year. Even though I was assured I did well, I have no doubt that I will perform better next time. Straining to hear every word, remembering a list of words which had to be repeated back later in the session, remembering all the instructions, and following through with the tasks … it was quite a challenge with limited hearing. I will be very interested to know the results of this research study when it’s complete.