The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

The Snow Day Video Friday, January 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 4:23 pm

On last night, there was a comment made about the Snow Day video which piqued my interest. The wife of a Fairfax, VA school superintendent leaves a voice mail for a 17-year-old boy who called their home phone number to ask why there wasn’t a snow day. She snaps, calls him back and left a voice mail in which she was screaming at him.

I was curious what the uproar was about, so I found the YouTube video, and my coworkers and I were watching it. I could tell from the tone of her voice that she was angry, but I couldn’t tell that she was screaming. Upon closer listening, I could sort of tell, but not the first time.

What do you think? Check out the video on YouTube or type in Snow Day.

Transcript: “This message is for Dave Kori. How dare you call us at home. If you’ve got a problem with going to school you do not call somebody’s house and complain about it. My husband was up at 4 o’clock this morning trying to decide the best thing to do to send you to school on a day when the weatherman is calling for one thing and another thing happened. You don’t begin to know what you’re talking about. And don’t you ever call here again. My husband has been at the office since 6:30 this morning. So don’t you even suggest that he purposely didn’t answer his phone. He is out almost every single night of the week at meetings for snotty-nosed little brats. And he may not have called you but it is not because he is home. It’s because it snowed. Get over it kid and go to school. Get an education. That’s what you’re there for.” – Candy Tistadt

My opinion about this whole situation is best summed up by Mark Fisher’s post, “In Cyberspace, Everyone Can Hear You Scream”.


The Last Two Months Thursday, January 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 8:17 pm

I have neglected this website (along with other things), as my last entry was December 11th. This has been an incredibly busy year, with a heavy course load, and lots of hours put into work, plus my boyfriend (of 3 months). I’ve had some incredible opportunities that have been a stepping stone to future things, plus met some amazing people who have taught me some things.

I do check the e-mails now and then, and try to respond when I can.

A update on what’s been going on with me

Tammy S. (Northeast Representative) for Advanced Bionics came out to visit us on Monday afternoon. Mandy and Catherine were there with me, as a kind of additional training and observation of what Tammy was doing.

I was in the audiological booth and hooked up to the computer by noon. It was quite interesting, as we went over my case history and I discussed my concerns with her regarding the cochlear implant, the Harmony, and Advanced Bionics.

One thing that was interesting about the Harmony is that it’s designed more to make the processor think, than to have the user fiddle with all the controls as with the Freedom and other devices. I have always been one who just wants to slap my hearing aids on and go through the day with them, without having to adjust anything. I want to live life normally, without constant attention to my hearing. And that’s one thing that Advanced Bionics has done with their processors, to have the processor “think” for the user, instead of the user controlling how the processor thinks.

Anyway, we did a new NRI test to see how the electrodes were functioning, which they are. She also did some cool stuff with the programming software that I have never seen in almost two years of mapping sessions.

For this session, we changed the pulse width, and changed the M and T levels. Before all of this happened, she used the results from the NRI test to create a “listening profile” for me, which would help in the programming.

I wish I could say more, but there was so much information, and a lot of it was technical, and I don’t have the audiological background to explain it.

I also found out that the battery issue with the Harmony versus the Auria is a common one. The “wings” are missing on my batteries, except for one, which is what helps to hold the batteries in place with the processor. The Harmony also has a slightly different design specifications from the Auria, resulting in changes in the fit of the batteries.

I’m pleased with my new MAP, but it still needs some tinkering with, as I got used to it rather quickly. I’m hesitant to tinker around with it more, because I’ve been getting the migraine-headache-dizziness symptoms more frequently in the last month and a half (which Mandy thinks has to do more with stress than the cochlear implant). I’ve been having issues with the fluorescent lighting in one classroom, and watching the interpreter during class, which makes my eyes and head hurt.

Anyway, with all of that done, I have another audiologist to add to my list of audiologists who have been subjected to me being a challenging patient and picky about sound! 🙂