My "Switch on" day has arrived! I was handed a board with numbers on it rating the volume of sound were e.g. 1 indicated "inaudible", 4 was "Medium soft" and 7 was "Loud but comfortable". I learned later on that this gives the audiologist an idea of how much volume I can cope with for … Continue reading The First Sounds
Post Operation On my way home from the hospital, I watched the city goers during rush hour. I felt like I was in a bubble in my new world, slowed right down while the outside world looked like someone pressed the fast forward button. People were walking so fast, car horns blaring, trains passing every … Continue reading Welcome to the Cyborg Club!
..And I get a have a Cochlear Implant! 17th March 2017 11am The day of the op has arrived! By the exclamation mark you can tell I was excited. I felt quite calm that morning. I think all the yoga and mindfulness activities paid off. There were definitely a few positive omens lying around! My operation falling … Continue reading No better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
January 2017 I am a candidate for a cochlear implant! A friend recently asked me "What would it be like, having a Cochlear Implant?" I hesitated because although by now I had researched the subject thoroughly, it can be tiring answering questions about the CI. Questions can come from all angles of the process. Not … Continue reading Taking the plunge! Steps to better ears
Kings Cross ENT Hospital (November 2016) The assessment stage for the cochlear implant was pretty straight forward; hearing and lip-reading test to assess how much I could hear without lip-reading (A whopping 5% to no surprise!), individual in-depth discussions about the process with an audiologist, doctor and hearing therapist. Previous experiences of new audiology teams … Continue reading Assessment Day
Cochlear Implant Information Day at Kings Cross ENT (October 2016) I was reluctant to attend the information group session about cochlear implants. I remember the day so clearly. I distanced myself on purpose from the rest of the group so I could avoid any conversation and questions. It was out of very character of me, generally I'm chatty and with being Irish … Continue reading “Your desire to change must be greater than the desire to stay the same..”
"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them" - Albert Einstein There were a few things that helped me with acceptance and I learned new ways to manage this. I thought it would be a good idea to share these with you whether you are experiencing the same yourself or perhaps you might find … Continue reading “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them”
Speech is becoming more unclear for me and harder to understand and lip-reading only gets me so far. I can't communicate with more than one person on top of the racket of background noise. Saying no to my friends that went to great trouble of organising group invites to pubs and dinner for catch ups … Continue reading Disappearing sounds…
An alarm sound went off while I was walking along a busy road. It was ear piercing! I swayed a little to one side. Was it a siren? Luckily for me I can “switch off” to these sounds and welcome the silence again. The joys of being deaf! As I did this however, I realised … Continue reading Keep Calm and Have a Cochlear Implant?
To my new readers, This is my own personal journey of having a cochlear implant. I have severe-to-profound deafness bilaterally with a 95 decibel hearing-loss and also wear digital hearing-aids. If decibels isn't a term you are familiar with then one could also say that I have about 5% hearing left in both ears. I … Continue reading 2017… A new decision for my ears