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Activation Cochlear Implant

June 30, 2009
posted by  Nicole


Well yesterday was the big day!! 

 

Disapointed, that's for sure!! 

 

I was warned that things would sound weird and that I should have LOW expectations.  But I guess I went in hopeful.  When the audiologist turned me on, it was strange.  Everyone sounded like minnie mouse on helium.  Everything was extremely high pitched. 

 

I was deaf to high pitch all my life, so it was pretty crazy that I can hear them now.  But how annoying they are.  I heard birds chirp and wind chimes chiming, so pretty exciting. 

 

It was an emotional and tiring day for me.  I got through it and today is a better day.  I also went back and saw my audiologist because I just DIDN"T think the sounds were right, so she adjusted them and I can hear a little better.  Not perfect, that takes time. 

 

I am getting a lot of well wishes and prayers and couldn't be more thankful.  What would I do without the support system I have. 

 

I really can't wait to hear my daughter and son.  Although I have heard my son talk, it won't by like this.  I have never heard my daughter talk, cuz she just started.  Of course when I was completely deaf, figures.  She couldn't wait, nooooo..  LOL  But yeah, I can't wait to hear them both call out my name and giggle!!

 

It's definitely a lot of work with cochlear implants and you have to have a lot of patience.  Now I know why they have a cochlear COMMUNITY!!  We need to support one another for such a weird and trying transition..

 

Well I think I am rambling now and should sign off.  But I will TRY to post everyday and list new things I hear.  Hopefully everyday will be a better one.  I am sure I will have frustrating days along with triumphant days.  So til then, talk to you all later!!

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Comments

 
SharonC -Edmondson Cochlear Volunteer- Ambassador

August 04, 2009

Nicole keep posting as everyday's exerperience will be some different but sum the same it will help as blog daily. you will recieve insight frm some very experienced folks in this community. I am sure by now it has quieted down for you these mappings can somtimes complicate things. Have a great evening-SharonC
 
SharonC -Edmondson Cochlear Volunteer- Ambassador

August 04, 2009

Nicole keep posting as everyday's exerperience will be some different but sum the same it will help as blog daily. you will recieve insight frm some very experienced folks in this community. I am sure by now it has quieted down for you these mappings can somtimes complicate things. Have a great evening-SharonC
 
Paula M - Bilateral Recipient/Community Volunteer

August 05, 2009

I started to comment earlier and somehow got kicked out, so if a second post shows up, you will know why. Hang in there Nicole, we know how you feel, this is a process. Your brain has to learn to understand all of these sounds again.. I always recommend, patience, practice, perseverance, stay positive, and pray. When you get tired, rest....then start over again! I will look forward to "hearing" about your journey back to sound! Paula
 
Bridget N. - Cochlear Volunteer

August 07, 2009

Stay positive Nicole! I have to tell myself this every morning. I find that mornings are the hardest because I am not used to all the stimulation my implant is giving me and it's overwhelming. I am excited to read about your progress with your implant because we were activated 1 day apart. I was activated with my second CI on June 30th. I am dealing with weird voices too as well as training my brain's to make sense of hearing new sounds. Its not always easy and can be frustrating now but with time and patience it's totally worth it. Stay Positive!!!!!!!!
 
Harman

August 07, 2009

Nichole- I am sure that you are going to do great. It will take time to settle things and let brain do its work. I had surgery on 14th July and I am waiting for activation day which is on 21st August. I am so excited for it. My audiologist and Cochlear friends told me that i should not keep my hopes up for activation day Because everything will sound weired. Things will be settle and good as time passes.Just be patient and positive, You will see that how much more you are going to better with each day passes. I will read your blogs closely, Because my journey will start soon and I am in for very very beautiful life ahead. :-)
 
ezmikee

August 08, 2009

Nichole,It sound just like what happen to me on activation day!! It that a lot of work and patience!! We are all here for you!! I know you will do well!!! MIKEE
 
Trazy

August 08, 2009

Hi Nicole, it's been over a month since your last blog. Understandably, your 1st day of activitation did not go quite as expected; however, I hope that things have improved since then and you are learning to hear again. You sounded so excited in the weeks leading up to it & hopefully, you're just so busy using your bionic ears & enjoying the summer. Hope all is well.
 
Jean -Cochlear Awareness Volunteer

August 09, 2009

Nicole, I'm sure you are seeing a big improvement since June 30th,it will get better & better every week. yes it does take alot of work & patience with cochlear implants. It's not something to hang over ear & stick to head & start right off hearing perfectly.I for 1 wish I had gotten mine yrs before I did, but like everyone else, didn't want audi to even talk to me about CI.Now I wonder how I survived before implant. I can relate to you wanting to hear your daughter & son's voices. I have 5 yr old grandaughter & 7 yr old grandson. After being activated 10-9-08, my grandson came by a few wks later & said he wanted to tell me something. He said "ma-ma, i made the honor roll at school." I heard & understood every word he said. He had a smile from side to side on his face, because he knew I heard & understood him. My smile was widder than his, but I also had tears running down my face. Nicole, you too will experience hearing your childrens voices. Just give yourselve time. It can not be rushed. Best of luck to you.
 
Michael T

October 14, 2009

Hello Nicole, Just wanted to say hang in there it does get better. When I had my implant activated in May 2008 I went through the same thing, and yes I can relate to "minnie mouse" because it sounded exactly the same to me. After about 3 months things started to sound a lot better, and now I'm at about a year and a half since activation and I've come a long way. My job is extremely noisy and we communicate via 2 way radios and I've been able to overcome a huge communication challenge. I must admit the implant is overbearing at first but if you keep an open mind you will adapt. Even talking on the phone has once again become enjoyable, it was challenging at first and took some patience but has paid off. My audiologist said a patient can show improvement up to 3 years after being implanted, so hold your head up high and don't give up!!
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