The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

And That’s The End Of The School Year Monday, May 28, 2007

Back home in Phoenix now, but not without a crazy end to the year, but well worth it.

I moved out of my apartment, then the next day was Mandy’s wedding, which was absolutely wonderful. I caught Mandy’s bouquet, so we both were laughing over that. Then I was at the airport 4 hours after the reception was over, so I’m exhausted from all of that plus finals week and little sleep.

Anyway, I finished my first academic year (trimesters) with the cochlear implant. 3 quarters of getting a GPA of 3.00 or higher, and 2 quarters of being on the Dean’s List . That’s a first for me in college, to be on the list twice in one year.

Was talking to Catherine about it at the break between the wedding and the reception…was it the cochlear implant that helped me do better in school, or was it just the result of being older, more mature, and doing what I love? We debated that for awhile.

The reason why I think it might be the cochlear implant, is because it’s forced me to listen more in class, because I want to hear everything that’s going on, to try and understand the teacher and listen to the interpreter. Maybe it’s that extra focus that’s causing me to pay more attention, and therefore, do better.

Things Of Note
– Recognized the word “Toostee Roll” at the wedding, and then realized it was that song.
– Wearing the CI for almost 2 days straight = makes the area around the magnet sore. My hearing aid ear was sore, but not as much as the CI.
– Hearing my cat meowing constantly as he rushes to the landing, down the stairs, and greets me as he realizes I’m finally home is one of the best feelings ever.


9-Month Test Results Monday, May 21, 2007

May 18, 2007


Overall, I’m rocking the CI with an 20-30 dB hearing loss. The little circles indicate that I can’t hear ANYTHING in my CI ear without the CI. It’s kinda scary not being able to hear anything, but only feel it when it gets to that loudness. Mandy circled it to indicate where I could first feel it. Being completely deaf with no response, scary scary scary. The most exciting news came with the test results, especially with the Early Speech Perception Test, which, in Mandy’s opinion, is the best indicator of how well the CI is working, because it tests similar words, with different vowels and consonants.

  Fall 11/13/2006
(~3 months post-activation)
Spring 05/18/2007
(~9 months post-activation)
CID Sentences List #8 30% 70%
Cochlear Screening
Level D (Top Level)
31/36 (words) 8/10 (sentences) 33/36 (words) 9/10 (sentences)
Early Speech Perception Test
Category #4 (Top Level)
5/12 11/12

Here’s the link to compare with the test results from 1-week post-activation. Huge change.

NOW CAN I PLEASE GET MY HARMONY??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


The Post-Birthday Entry (Carnival Rides!) Saturday, May 12, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 11:30 am

Last weekend was my birthday, and at this point in my life, I wanted to thank everyone who has been involved at every stage of my life, to help me become the person who I am today, and to also give me the gifts of speech and hearing.

The biggest thanks goes to my mom, for without her dedication, support, and love, I probably wouldn’t be as lucky as I was today. Happy (early) Mother’s Day, Mom. I love you so very much.

Last weekend, we had a carnival on campus, as part of our SpringFest. It was the first time I’ve been on rides since I got the CI. I’m pleased that I haven’t lost my ability to withstand barfing on rides (I can go on them over and over, no problemo), but I will find out today, as I am on my way to SIX FLAGS DARIEN LAKE!

I did take off my CI, as I went on the downdraft, and it started to lift up from my ear, and I thought…too risky, so I held onto it for the rest of the ride.

While on the Tornado, I could hear the music clearly, which was sweet, since it used to be blended into the background noise of the crowd, the rides, and etc. It was totally sweet hearing the individual notes, and separating them from everything else that was going on.

While walking back after the carnival, I could hear people screaming on the rides a quarter mile away. That was interesting.

Let’s see what sounds a real amusement park brings today!


La La Land Friday, May 11, 2007

Filed under: events,music — Allison @ 8:07 pm

AHA! While out shopping today, I finally found the song I was obsessing about at the Hard Rock Club (at Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls) when I went to Canada a few weeks ago.

It was this amazing dance song that was playing, one that got me up and shaking my booty on the dance floor. And if I find a song that can get me up and dancing, I want to know what it is.

I asked at the club, and nobody knew it, and I couldn’t call Canada because relay calls don’t go to Canada, so I basically gave up. It made me wish that clubs would post their playlists so if you hear an amazing piece of ear candy, you know what it is.

Anyway, I was in FYE today and searching through their database for the Cream dance cds, when it came on, and I went “OMG THAT’S IT! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*”

It’s “La La Land” by Green Velvet.

Thank goodness for the CI, because I wasn’t able to hear it with the hearing aid…AT ALL.

And now Jen’s going to send it to me because I’m obsessed with listening to it as much as I can, now that I found it. *happiness*


Collywobbles Saturday, May 5, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 12:21 am

Another stepping stone in the journey with the CI.

Mandy, for listening therapy today, had me listening to a story about Aussie football, and the target sound was the letter “B”.

She would read the sentences, and I would tell her what the words were that were missing from the sentence.

I got “collywobbles” right on the very first listen. Not your standard word either.

Then she read 50 sentences about food or food-related topics, and I was just rattling off the repeats back to her, it was mind boggling to consider that not even nine months ago I had been activated for the first time.

I’m able to repeat back sentences fairly quickly, and understand that one nonsense word. So fast, that we finish our sessions earlier than planned.

I’d love to discuss about the research project that I’m working on, but that’s going to have to wait until everything’s become formally written up in a report and released. It’s very interesting, not to mention exciting, to be involved and understand the technology behind the access services, plus hear the viewpoints from a wide range of 36+ deaf/hard-of-hearing test subjects to date. Simply put, I love, love, love it.

Anyway, happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Be sure to go out and celebrate!