I observe some interesting effects of the speech/hearing therapy.
First, I can discriminate vowels. I still confuse some of them, but there is definitely some progress.
However, I’ve noticed a strange problem with something I could do before the CI, namely, the recognition of numbers. In Polish, the numbers (from 1 to 99) are quite distinctive and easy to discriminate. Even with my hearing aids, I could recognize most of the numbers without lipreading. I haven’t done this exercise for a while, but my Mother has decided to try it on our last session. Surprise: I couldn’t understand anything at first. When I concentrated a bit on listening, it was better and after a while I could recognize a lot of numbers (but not all of them) again.
I think that it is easy to explain. I now hear all these sounds of speech I couldn’t before, mostly rustling sounds (there is plenty of them in Polish). These sounds are quite loud for me now. And the numbers’ names sound completely different. I had to learn them again.
I was on holidays this week. One day I haven’t put my hearing aid on because of an earlobe irritation. And it was not this bad. I knew when someone was calling me and I knew more or less what was going on around. The low sounds were still strange, but they were sounds at least. Talking was more difficult, though. During the dinner I had turned my hearing aid on again.