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ASL-CI

I’m so impress this video from YouTube. My CI friend sent me of this video from Facebook inbox. So, I can show to my hearing family and friends to proof it. My second cousin’s son is deaf with bilateral cochlear implants and don’t know sign language. His ENT doctor didn’t allowed him to learn sign language real early when he was baby. His mom refused to learn sign language. That is sad! She and her parent thought cochlear implant make me hearing person. She told to hearing girl, “Jessica used to be deaf and she is hearing with CI.” No, I am still deaf! When I get my cochlear implant off and still deaf! The CI make me hard of hearing but I am still deaf! CI is not make me ban the ASL. I still love ASL and hear with CI! I want to show you this video. You can see children with bilateral cochlear implants use ASL.

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Add a comment February 8, 2010

My 1st program

I went to ENT for appointment this morning. I brought my both black & pink sound processors with me to audiologist. She put hook it on the computer and increased the map. I picked the sound to be loud and comfortable. I felt so satisfy. I can hear her soft voice. My husband fall sleep and snore. I heard his snore. We were laugh at him! He said, “I went to work at second shift and get off late and didn’t sleep enough.” My audiologist focuses on my sound. I heard my honey’s snore. LOL! I am doing well with my CI since last week. My audiologist likes my attitude with smile. I finished with appointment and left ENT. I heard the automatic door outside front of ENT. I heard the large truck passed on the road. I heard my husband’s coughing as well. He found playlist to hear the music on his ipod in the car. I heard the music and closed my eyes. My hands were clapping and can hear the rhythms. It made my husband cried and happy!!!

We came home. He used the PC and macbook for his homework. I was playing with my laptop and listen on ipod. Then I walked the kitchen and open the scrapbook. My hand grabs and pages the paper. I heard the background and saw my dog’s barking at the door. I told her stop it. She couldn’t stop bark. I told her SHUT UP! LoL My honey called me “Jessica” to get my attention. He talked to me about something with scrapbook and computer. He got ready for go work and drops me off at my mom’s house.

I heard my mom’s voice is loud. I turned my CI’s volume to low. It was sensitive sound. She was doing dishes in the kitchen. I heard something in background and ask my mom what is that? She thought it was my dog’s barking but not. She said, “How about the big dogs bark outside?” I said oh yeah! I walked to the door and saw the dogs bark together on the corner of fence. Then I heard the timer on oven.

I ate salad with a glass plate. I heard the sound of plates moving on the counter. My mom said it was a scooting sound.

I heard the sound of my chewing food.

I heard crunching when I ate croutons.

I heard a smacking noise from my lips as I drank my green tea.

I heard the sound of the Samaritan Helicopter idling. It’s engine on top of Hospital. That’s a long way from here and I heard it! Also I heard airplane’s sound. I was so THRILLED!!! It was my first time to hear much sound that I never heard.

I heard the page of this pad. I came to outside and heard the bird’s whistles. It was amazing!!!! I got home and took my CI off for rest. I was doing with blog. I was so joy the sounds!!!!

3 comments July 15, 2009

After Activate – 2 days

I heard the traffic on the road from my apt. My dog was barking. I told my honey to go ENT and pick the recharge batter up from ENT. I stopped at ENT and pick the stuff up. The audiologist asked me, “How is your implant’s feeling?” I said my coil magnet is fine expect my controller BTE (Sound Processor) is heavy and hurt behind on my ear with sore skin scar. She offered me to use moleskin to help me not hurt the skin. My honey and I come to my mom’s house for late lunch. After that, my mom left home to go insurance company. My honey left to work. I walked to drug store and buy a battery for my flip video and moleskin with 3 sheets. I returned to my mom’s house. I cut the moleskin to make a shape and put behind on my ear.

I heard the typing on my keyboard. I heard something loud in background. It was sensitive of garbage disposal. My mom put food into disposal. I hate the sound! My mom stepped on the stool and put plates & glasses cup in the cabinet & shut down the door. She tapped on counter to get my attention. I was startle when I hear the tap. I hate it! She was playing with me if I can hear her. I told her to call my name instead tap. It made me nervous when I heard tap. I heard the kettle’s whistle and boiling. I came home and took my CI off for rest on my ear.

Add a comment July 14, 2009

Activation (7/7/09)

I went to ENT for my activation.   I was so excited and anxious.   At first thing my audiologist put the sound processor on my left ear to see if the electrode array was working.    It worked fine.  I can feel the nerves in the left side of my face.  I signaled with my hand to show that I could hear and feel it.  Then the audiologist turned on sound, but was soft.  I felt dizzy from the sensations in my eyes and all around my head. It Startled me and I laughed, but It means that the implant is working fine.  This is my very first experience with that much sound.    I didn’t cry when it was too loud, but the audiologist started it again more softly and gradually increased the sound after that.  I heard the audiologist’s voice, then my husband’s voice.  My mom’s voice and my mother in the law’s voice came after that, and they were both crying.  They were all so happy.  I stayed there at the audiologist for 2 half hours.  When I left ENT and went  outside, I heard the wind moving the trees, and it made so much noise.  I can hear people when they are chat in on about things.   This is my first experience with sound.  When my husband started the car engine I could feel the vibration,  was able to hear it for the first time..

He turned on the Ipod for me to listen.  My first song was “Building A Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan the acoustic version and the second was “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s.  My Third was “A 1000 Miles” the acoustic version by Vanessa Carlton.  And the last was “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  It all was interesting!

The most annoying sounds are the toilet flush, a coffee grinder, and frappuccino blender at Starbucks.  My skin is still sensitive behind my ear from the surgery.   My Cochlear Implant processor is heavier than my previous hearing aid.

I visited my uncle and aunt for a little while.  My uncle played with a guitar for a couple of minutes, which I enjoyed quite nicely.  I played the piano and felt the sound.  I heard my dog’s bark for the first time and it is real loud.  She growled at the other dogs to.  Both my uncle and aunt are happy for me to hear sounds.  After I left their house I went to my sister in law’s apt briefly.    She was so excited for me.   She loves the cochlear implant look, and thinks it looks cool!  When she said “WOW!,” I could hear her beautiful voice.  Her good friend that was there loves my CI too.  Then we went to our friends’ house to show them my cochlear implant too.  I could hear their children’s voices.  I turned my head to look one of children crying when they fell on the floor sound, and it sounded like a thud.  The awesome sound was when I heard the cats purring.  My friend’s brother came to visit and saw my cochlear implant.   He too said, “I am happy for you” but I could understand through reading his lips.  I said “thank you.” And He said, “You’re welcome.”   And I understand him.  When I told my husband Chris that I can understand through lip reading, he was excited.

My husband and I went home and opened the box from the Cochlear Implant company.   I loved it!   I was so excited.  I would love to show off my cochlear implant and all the accessories.  The cochlear technology is so cool!   My impression of the Nucleus Freedom is good.   The Technician forgot my batteries and charger when I left ENT.   We will just have to pick it up tomorrow.

When my husband got accessories cord for the TV into the CI Processor, I was impressed with the long cord.  Plus it had volume on the cord, it was so great.     I heard people on the TV speaking.   I tried to lip-read from when people were speak.  My husband explained to me, how to listen and focus on the different voices.   I heard it’s different and was not the same.     Chris has a bad habit of tapping on the chair to get my attention and it startled me.   I told him I didn’t like that.  I was overwhelmed.  He was laughing.  I told him to call my name Jessica instead tap on me.     He gave me 6 different choices for a name he can call me.  Jessica, Jessie, Jessy, Jess, Sweetie and Honey.  I want him to repeat them so I could hear them a couple of times.  He said Je-ss-ica 3 times.  He said Je-ss-ie, Je-ss.  I was surprised.  But I was tired and had a long day!   And I had a great time.

2 comments July 9, 2009

Bad News & Good News!

Me and my husband got to the hospital at 9 clock.  I checked in at the patient registration desk and then sat down in the lobby.  Then we went to surgery waiting lobby after filling out paperwork.    I got ready for surgery and then the doctor and his team came to the room I was in.  He said, “I have bad news about your surgery.  It will have to be postponed because the cochlear company didn’t deliver the implant to the hospital yet.”   I was disappointed.   Everyone apologized.   The doctor promised he would call me back to re-schedule.  I got dressed, and all I wanted to do was drink coffee.   My husband, both of our mothers, and I went out for breakfast at Bob Evans.

At 5 clock,  my husband got a call from ENT to reschedule for the next day.  I hope it will not be like it was today.     I have to take the antibiotics again, and can’t eat or drink after midnight just like the previous night.

2 comments June 12, 2009

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