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re training my ears and brain

May 10, 2009
posted by  Nicole

I have been told by many people who have had cochlear implants the things I will need to do when I get turned on. 


I have to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE with sound.  Meaning, people should call me all the time, so I can start recognizing voices and sounds and words.  People are supposed to come over and just give me different sounds like shake keys, ring doorbell, bring different noices.  Radios, flutes, birds chirping, rain, thunder, the list goes on and on.  I guess I have to retrain my brain to know what all these sounds are.  Because I haven't heard a lot of them for along time, it doesn't remember. 


Something I know I do a lot that drives Mike nuts, is I leave water on all the time.  Especially the kitchen faucet.  I just do not hear the water running and therefore I forget. 


So I am looking forward to hearing things, but I have also been told that you will all sound like either birds chirping or mickey mouse!!  Or like you have been sucking on helium forever!!  HE HE!!  But that will change over time..

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August 08, 2009

Heh heh, forgetting to shut off the water seems to be very common among us deafies. My husband turns on the water all the time and I would walk into the kitchen or bathroom and notice it running. He seems to be more forgetful lately. My kids often hear it and would save us! I don't usually leave kitchen faucet running, but I sometimes forget about my bath water running as it takes forever to fill it halfway & I will do other stuff while waiting for it to fill. There's been a few incidents when it overflowed, but it seems to happen less cuz my kids are older now & know my history. LOL. Now I realize that if & when I get my CI, my husband may drive me even more insane with some of his deaf behaviors.
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