The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

The First Few Days Back – Friends, Classmates, and Campus Life Sunday, September 3, 2006

Wow! The last few days have brought me a plethora of new sounds to hear and experience. I’m amazed by all these sounds that I didn’t have before.

I wasn’t sure what the reaction people would have to me with the CI, especially in PH (which is all hearing), but they all seem cool with it. I also see myself as being a bit more open to talking to/meeting new people, but at the same time, really shy about it because I feel like I can’t hear them as well.

The first night back, I was having trouble with the HA, so I turned it off, and was struggling to hear/understand all the conversation with people, plus being exhausted from flying.

My friends have latched onto the word “mango” and won’t leave it alone either! Jen G. felt my head, and was grossed out by the fact that there is something under my skin! I still need to train my friends that even though with the CI, I still can’t automatically understand and know everything that’s going on. Although I have been told by them that even they themselves don’t know what’s going on either, so it’s just not me.

Saturday night I went to a dance party hosted by the school, and I had another sound revelation here. I could hear the vocals, the differences in the music/melody, and the crowd noise. With the hearing aid, it was one big blast of sound, where everything just meshed together and sounded completely like music.

I was totally amazed that the CI and HA had different performances for one extremely loud and noisy situation, and I much prefer the sound of the CI than the HA for that dance event.

The phantom noises have all but disappeared and have stopped waking me up in the middle of the night or early in the morning. I was getting tired of hearing voices I couldn’t understand in my ear, especially when they wake me up from my sleep.

I have discovered that I absolutely *HATE* the sound of the faucet (bathroom and kitchen) in my apartment. UGH!


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