The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

Post-Spring Break Update (Seeing The Inner Ear Bones!) Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 5:09 pm

I’ve been on spring break, but here I am!

A whole slew of news!  I apologize to those who have sent me emails, and I haven’t been able to respond.  (I’ve responded to some already).

–  I got a B for my Photo class.  I am beyond impressed with myself, being able to take a huge risk without an interpreter or any support, not even 4 months after getting the cochlear implant, and taking the plunge!  I did it!  You may remember my freakout and frustration in January, and how I was scared I was going to fail…well, it didn’t happen.

– While driving around last week, the battery in my CI died so I took it off.  Then I started to feel like I could hear music in my implanted ear, but wasn’t sure if it was tinnitus or actual music that I was hearing.  So I did a test with it.  I took off my hearing aid, and I could hear the music in both ears, but the implanted ear is very very faint as compared to the left ear.  Guess my ear’s healing up and there *might* be some residual hearing coming back.  It’s all very ultra-low-frequency sounds, the bass.  I’m not sure if it’s because I could feel it, or if I could actually hear it.

– Flying back to school after spring break, I was amazed by how many phrases I was capturing at the airport (in the bathroom, of all places), and on the plane itself.  “The weather in Chicago is…” “We are now boarding for Chicago” and so on.
– The most interesting thing I have to report is that I went to Body Worlds 3 at the Arizona Science Center.  One of the first things displayed was the temporal bone, with the bones of the inner ear still attached to it.  It’s amazing just how close the bones of the inner ear are to the outer wall of the skull.  No wonder hearing loss is increasing in people, due to in-ear headphones.  They have no idea how close the headphones are to the inner ear bones (less than an inch!).  They also had the three inner ear bones displayed, each one is less than half the size of the eraser head on a pencil. I was queasy after seeing the first part of the exhibit, but now I want to go back and see it.  The international website.

– I got an CT scan over the break for my sinuses, and I was able to see the electrodes of my ear and the cochlear implant itself on the scan.  It had very minimal interference with the scan itself, even with the magnet in my head.  Pretty impressive.

– I participated in a preliminary research study, sponsored by the NSF, studying the differences between C-PRINT, CART, and DragonSpeak.  That’s all I can say, since I may become a member of the research team.

And that’s all there is!  Time to hit the ground running for spring quarter!