As I prepare to go in for another implant adjustment this afternoon, I want to take a few minutes to reflect and share some of the recent developments in my life with sound. Last week was a tremendous week of growth and progress. My brain seems to be getting the hang of things and is processing sounds at a much faster pace. Since my implant activation, I have learned that sound is everywhere, but I did not know what exactly the sounds were. Last week, I walked into a store and noticed they had music playing. I thought to myself “oh how delightful, I like this store even more now!” Then I went into another, and realized they were playing music too! Then I went to a restaurant and found they too were playing tunes. I commented on this to a “hearing” friend and she said “oh yeah, most all stores and restaurants play music”. How wonderful!!
Another exciting milestone for me last week was ordering at a drive through ALL BY MYSELF! This may seem silly and insignificant to most of you, but I assure you that in my world, it is a BIG DEAL. I had my daughter in the car with me. As we pulled up to the order kiosk, my daughter leaned forward and prepared to interpret for me, then watched in disbelief as I completed the order all by myself. I did not even realize what I had done until I turned around and looked at her stunned face. It then hit me as well. We both stared at each other wide eyed with open mouths till I broke into a wide smile and let out a loud “WHOOOP!”
I am also finding that my kids are extremely noisy! Does anyone have some quite ones that would like to trade with me?
As I approach my 2 month activation annivirsary, I reflect in awe at the amount of progress I have made in such a relatively short amount of time. Last night I was able to hear the delightful sound of a baby’s laughter. I nearly melted. Sound is becoming more and more clear each day.
Music continues to be a source of obsessive fascination. I had no idea how intricately detailed it is. Live music is my very favorite listening pleasure right now. I am able to hear all the individual instruments and voices. Being able to watch musicians perform live is incredible because I can watch and match up each of the individual sounds I hear with the person producing it and watch it all flow in collective harmony. It nearly takes my breath away. You can expect to see me at a lot of summer concerts.
My kids continue to deal with the fallout of having a mom who is starting to hear. I have discovered that I really HATE the sound of kids fighting!!!!! All those years of blissful ignorance… I am starting to be able to hear things people say without reading their lips, it is the strangest thing! I have caught my kids, on numerous occasions, saying bad words or mean comments. I love the shocked look on their faces when I call them out on it!
I have found that the word “what?” and “huh?” No longer consume 90% of my vocabulary. I find myself not having to work nearly as hard to understand what people are saying. I love that I am starting to hear things that people say to me in public. I don’t feel so guilty all the time for seeming like a snob when people say things and I appear to be ignoring them.