This morning I was sitting in my sunroom reading the paper. Alone. It was very quiet. My processor is on and I start to hear beep (pause) beep (pause) beep (pause)… I know this is not a natural sound because the intervals are too regular. I look around and notice the clock on the wall. I am hearing the sound of the clock’s sweep second hand as it ticks off the seconds.
Day 1 – Cochear Implant is live. I try to follow advice that I’ve received and expose myself to a variety of sounds and situations that are part of daily living. Go to the store, the movies, watch tv, walk the dogs.
I even do a small experiment on myself and connect my processor, via cable to the sound port on my computer. I then watch the latest episode of ’30 Rock’ on Hulu. I’m mainlining the sound directly into my head! Wild. It’s not all clear and I’m still cheating by using captions but it’s so unbelievable… This is probably premature but the gadget girl in me couldn’t resist. Gotta pace myself.
I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount of sound. And with the volume. Given that it’s day one, much of what the implant is detecting sounds like high pitched beeps. So I’m hearing but not yet recognizing everything. It’s kind of strange because my sort-of-working ear hears things normally (well my normal anyway). My poor brain isn’t quite sure what to do with all this new input. How to synthesize it all. Yet.