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Tomorrow is Cyborg Day

The FDA still hasn’t approved Advanced Bionics’ new Naida Q70 processor, but as Matt mentioned earlier, my audiologist has offered to loan me a secondhand processor (Advanced Bionics’ Harmony).  This means I’m going to be–wait for it, y’all–sooooo turned on tomorrow.

Whoa.  Tomorrow?  Tomorrow.

I’m nervous.  I’ve been reading a few cochlear implant blogs in preparation.  This one is my favorite since the author’s history is similar to mine: she’s been deaf all her life and got an implant as an adult.  Her implant activation wasn’t particularly exciting–she heard nothing but beeps.  However, her “ear” grew stronger and stronger each day, and she grew to love it.  In fact, she loved it so much, she got her other ear implanted!  How encouraging is that?  So, if I get frustrated or worn out tomorrow, I’ll think about this blogger and her story.

Good night, everyone!  Wish me luck.

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5 thoughts on “Tomorrow is Cyborg Day

  1. Hi Lindsay

    I followed a linkback to your blog and I’m so glad my blog was of some help to you. I’m *thrilled* that you’re getting activated tomorrow. That is just so exciting – it’s going to be one of the best days of your life, filled with so much wonder and hope. Whatever you hear, it will get better. I had a scoot through your blog and you felt the same way as I did before getting a CI. Actually, when I got my second CI, I gave a thank you card to my surgeon – and a huge box of chocs 🙂 – and said if he could find a place to implant a 3rd CI, I’d take it! Even now, 3 years after my first CI, my hearing is still improving. Last week I noticed I am able to hear things that are further away, and at a louder volume. It’s quite strange but a very nice kind of strange.

    You’re in Chicago? I lived there for a little while. Loved that city.

    Wishing you all the best with your spanking new hearing, and I’m just a teeny bit jealous that you’ll get the Naida – it’s awesome! I look forward to hearing your feedback on that 🙂

    • lindsay jean says:

      You have no idea how much it meant to me that you reached out before I was turned on…. there aren’t many folks who know what I’m experiencing. It made me feel more relaxed before my appointment. I’m sorry it took me so long to respond. It took me a few days before the mini panic attacks subsided (I felt ON EDGE every time a noise shocked my brain.) It was so strange how much I could almost feel the sounds more than hear them. I am slowly getting more and more used to it each day. Yeah! I can’t meet with my audiologist for another week, which is frustrating. I want to GO, GO, GO.

  2. Michael Gray says:

    I am hanging…I’m hanging….well? How did it go? Very well, I hope. I will be getting the other ear done in October. I get turned on Friday!

    • lindsay jean says:

      Hello! My cable and Internet have been out all week due to a fallen wire, so it’s tough to write a proper post (it takes forever to do one on my phone.) They claim they’re coming tomorrow. AT&T and the FDA must be in cahoots, making me wait so much 😉

      Also, I think I needed some time to let the processor sink in. It is so different from a hearing aid. Quieter yet louder than I expected, all at once. It has taken me a few days to realize that though my hearing aid seem louder, I’m actually hearing more through the processor. This makes no sense, which is why I haven’t written about it yet.

      I like it so far, more and more each day. The first few days were a little tough, as I felt over-stimulated. It was as if an army of crickets and cicadas holed up in my ear in an effort to gaslight me. Maddening! At first. Now I’ve gotten used to the shock of my cochlea being stimulated and am feeling much more relaxed. Now it’s just a matter of waiting until the sounds make more sense. I’ve been using Advanced Bionics Listening Exercises (ABLE) on my husband’s iPad. (It’s an app.) It’s helpful because it reminds me that I’m hearing more than I think!

      Good luck tomorrow!! Let me know how it goes. And don’t be in a rush to max out on your levels. It is more taxing than you may realize. Go slow. 🙂

    • Matt says:

      Michael-
      How did your activation go? We haven’t been the best about posting in the last few weeks but we have lots to report! Hope you are well!

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