Howling of the brakes in the old bus. Opening and closing its door.
My own heels’ patter. In this case I am not sure if I hear or feel this. Maybe it is how it’s supposed to be. I begin to be aware of the speech rhytm, even if I don’t hear the vowels, only feel them.
When I describe sounds, I only want to indicate that I hear them with my CI. I don’t yet attempt to discriminate them. I hope this will come later.
Here is a very interesting video about CI experience. I was asked if the moment of turning the processor on is really so grating on the nerves like it is shown in the video. No, it is not, even during the first two weeks (and it is the third week for me after the switch-on). But there is something to this picture. Turning the CI on is not painful, but I get a kind of kick inside the head. I agree with Michael Chorost here:
I’ve been asked by several parents whether putting on my CI in the morning is really as intense and disorienting as the video suggests. My answer is, No, it’s not. There’s just a rushing sound as the device boots up, and then I can hear as the auditory world emerges around me. It’s not painful in any way. I think the video is really referring to what it’s like in the first week or two after activation, when the sounds and sensations are very unfamiliar indeed. But even then, I never found it painful. Just strange. Very, very strange.