Category My Second CI Journey

Funny C.I. Moment: Am I Having an Auditory Hallucination?

It’s been a while since I last posted about my hearing journey. Over a year, in fact… yikes! I apologize to any one who has been waiting for an update. Since my last post, I have found it hard to come up with new blog posts, which eventually led to a lack of motivation on my […]

“Deaf-Proofing” my Apartment

Over the past couple of months, I’ve realized two things: Just how deaf I am There’s a lot more to adjusting to a second CI than just re-learning sounds again. About a month and a half ago, I was taking a study break in my room. I always take off my CIs when I study […]

Six Months Post Activation

I’ve had some incredible moments these past six months. These include but are not limited to: The first time I heard rain. The first time I localized which direction sound was coming from. The first time I heard the difference between hearing with 2 ears vs. one. The first time I heard voices instead of […]

Day 151: My Brain Has a Hard Time Filtering Sounds

It’s been a while. I thought I would give everyone a quick update. There hasn’t been much improvement in the “understanding speech department”. It is still robotic and to be honest, I think it sounds more robotic than it was before. It’s difficult for me to make sense of speech without lipreading. It’s also harder for […]

Day 114: I Love Being Bilateral

I know I haven’t posted in a while. Life has been keeping me busy. Between school, work and catching up with friends, I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and write a post. I’ve started around 5 different posts since summer started but haven’t gotten around to finishing them. Once I have some […]

Day 73: The Robots are Still Here

Have you ever used those one of those toys that recorded your voice and replayed the recording in a robotic voice? That robotic recording is what it’s like to hear speech with my left CI. Not quite the same but it’s the closest analogy I can give when describing what’s it’s like to hear with my left […]

Day 30: First Month’s Progress Report

It’s been a month since my left cochlear implant has been activated. And what a month it’s been! In only a month, hearing through my left ear has gone from hearing only high-pitched beeps where speech didn’t exist to hearing robotic voices where I can somewhat understand speech if I know what the topic is […]

Day 22: The Robots are Beginning to Invade my Head

I had my third mapping appointment yesterday afternoon and also had my second hearing test—the first one being during my second mapping appointment two weeks ago. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that I have to go in for more appointments after my activation. They seem to think that once I’m […]

Day 17: Banana is My Favourite Word

I’m often amazed at how different hearing through my left CI is compared to my right CI even though sound is being processed by the same brain. Although I knew it would sound different, I think there was a part of me that thought that the left hemisphere, which is stimulated by my right ear, […]

Day 11: Huge Milestone Reached in Auditory Verbal Therapy

On Monday (Day 11), I had my second auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) session with Kelley and during the session I hit an amazing milestone. I’m starting to distinguish different words from each other! All my expectations on my progress were surpassed during that session. I should probably rewind to my first AVT session to help explain. […]