Has it really been only 5 months??!November 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Posted in BBC See Hear, Cochlear Implants, My Cochlear Implant choice | 10 Comments
Tags: BBC iplayer, BBC See Hear, Bionic Ear, Cochlear Implants, Cyborg, Hearing loss, SSHL
Since my last post I have braved the airports with my CI and managed a great family holiday understanding spanish waiters and african sunglasses and flashing lights salesmen (you know the ones………..sat on every footpath trying to flog you stuff!!)!! I have discovered a new job though. All I have to do is buy some crap, print some cards off saying I’m deaf, wander round to restaurants and leave said crap on tables along with deaf card and get people to buy said crap from me!!
The holiday was great and there were no problems with the airport scanners. I just said I had a CI and they waved me through and gave me a manual search. The plane was fine and with the CV medium setting I was able to converse quite well considering the noise. I am also glad to say that there were no mishaps with dropping any CI’s in the sea this time.
Phone calls are now much easier amongst friends and family and it’s nice to know my folks can pick up the phone to have a chat rather than text or email
I did have a ‘moment’ last week when we were moving out bedroom around when I came across some note pads. I opened them up and there were the written half of my conversations with Vicky when I first lost my hearing. It’s 15 months now since that dreaded day and I must admit those notepads brought it all flooding back. It’s still hard to believe that only 15 months ago I could hear normally (albeit with one ear). Thank goodness for the CI though!! I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like now without it. No way I could hold conversations via notepad!!! ‘Moment’ over
I also had a new client in the gym today and was chatting away when I asked her if my assistant had told her that I was deaf. I got the impression that she didn’t believe me at first…………which is nice………..but I still like to explain that I will need to see faces to understand fully what is being said. Especially in the noisy gym. Still, she didn’t think I was deaf and we’d been talking for about 10 mins!!
Roll on the next 5 months!!!
PS………if you have read this far then you will be interested to know that my BBC update programme will be on the 1st December, BBC2, See Hear, 1pm. Should be a laugh…………..I had to do some acting for this one!!