I have turned on my current programme a week before it was planned. Here goes the story.
Two months after the switch on I realized that I don’t have vertigo. It was gone. The visit to the implantation centre was due in short time, so I asked for reprogramming to make the low sounds louder. I got an intermediate programme, which was supposed to last me 2–3 weeks, and another one for longer (plus ADRO to try after 3–4 weeks of using the latter programme). I thought that I would have more time with one programme to get used to. No way. After a week, I went to the performance of Yamato. Japan drummers. They are great. I recommend the show. And I can hear the drums very well… with the hearing aid. With my CI only I could still recognize the rhytm, but it was just not the same. The low sounds sucked. So I turned on the next programme, two weeks ahead of schedule. The drums were much better after that. I hadn’t got tinnitus after this and I hadn’t felt like I had been hit on the head with a big, big sponge, like it had been at the beginning.
I listen to the low sounds for almost two weeks now. It is hard sometimes. The new coworker in my room is so loud. No, he is not misbehaving. I just hear every sound his chair makes, not to mention the keyboard and everything else. The chair is pretty loud. For a few days I could not concentrate on anything. I think I am getting used to it, though. But I see that the silent places are rare in this world. I wonder how will my audiogram look the next time.
I am trying to do some training by myself. I listen to music and to an audiobook. I got a CD with the “sounds of environment” and another with some recorded exercises. In short, there are the pairs of phrases differing only by one sound, for example t/d. I just listen to it and read the list.
I went to the speech therapist today for hearing exercises. The session lasted an hour and I felt like my brain was being kneaded. Listening, in passive mode, is something else. When I have to actually guess what I hear, some unused and rusty parts of my brain are forced to work. It can be exhausting. The results were not so bad as I had expected, but I have a long way to go.