The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

Saying goodbye (temporarily) to my new hearing aid! Thursday, May 18, 2006

Monday, I had to turn in the new hearing aids. I purchased one and it has been sent in to Siemens to get the body changed and stuff. The other one will wait (depending on if I get the CI or not) If I don’t, then I will purchase one over the summer.

I am sooooooooooooooooooo frustrated with my old ones, even though one has been repaired. I know that there are sounds I’m not hearing, that I have heard with the new hearing aids. I have been frustrated not being able to hear what I had been hearing with the new hearing aids.

Yes, I’m still scared of the CI, but I think it will be great. Now I’m debating whether to get one or two CIs. The issue isn’t going to be with hearing…I’m going to hear more sounds than before…the issue is going to be speech comprehension. There’s no guarantee, but all the audiologists think I will do well with it.


Temporal Bone Research and Pineapples On Pizza Sunday, May 14, 2006

Filed under: deaf,deaf community,information,links,research — Allison @ 2:01 pm

When I die, I want to donate my temporal bones to this organization. I think it’s a great cause for deafness research. All deafies, you guys should consider doing this as well.

Oh, and just to make this clear, pineapple does not belong on pizza. Pineapple is a fruit. Therefore, fruit does not belong on pizza. (unless, of course, it’s a dessert pizza with a cookie base) The only exception to this rule is tomatoes.

So, if you order pineapple on pizza, I will have to hit you.


Recognizing Sound (with my new Hearing Aids) Thursday, May 11, 2006

Monday, I had an hearing test with my new hearing aids…my sentence comprehension with my old hearing aids – 48%.

The new hearing aids – 74%.

Over the last few days (especially today), I’ve become more adept at recognizing songs, or even recognizing the artist (even if it’s a song that I haven’t heard before). Like earlier today, I was like “oh that sounds like Oasis”…and it was.

I’m also listening more in class to my classmates speaking, instead of relying as much on the interpreter.

Now I wonder what will happen if I do decide to get the CI. Will I once again miss the cutoff because I’m doing too well with the hearing aids (like what happened back in 1997)? They said the sentence comprehension test for the CI is different than the one that I got. So we will see how that affects my eligibility.