Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Going Cochlear

We are starting out Jan- and 2013 for that matter, with some big things.

Next week I am having sinus surgery. Hopefully the end result will be that my since of smell returns, and the sinus infections go away. [I've had a sinus infection for the better part of the last 15 years.]

A few weeks after that I am having cochlear implant surgery. I have lost quite a bit of hearing in the last year. Most situations just sound like noise. If you've had an awkward conversation with me the last number of months, or I said "i'm sorry i just cant hear you." and it came off as rude, and like I was cutting you off- it wasn't meant to be. I am frustrated, and I really really cant hear you. Like, the music is on along with the dish washer, dryer and vacuum cleaner and someone is trying to talk to you from the other side of the house- cant hear you.
So I'm moving forward with cochlear. The surgery is early Feb. and the actual activation is a couple of weeks later.

"The switch on is usually the worst day of most people's lives. The only thing I can tell you gets better."

It does get better. I am going to do my best to keep control of my frustration and rage after activation. I know to expect beeps, clicks, mechanical sounding things  it could be months before voices sound "right". But at some point, they will. I feel like i need a 100 pk of temp tattoos that say "This too will pass". Because good lord, this kind of thing is maddening.

I ordered the Advanced Bionics Neptune processor. It is worn off ear, is water proof and comes in fun colors- also you can get skin it appliques for it. A new BTE processor is being released this coming summer. I will receive this when it comes out.

The Mr. is blogging:
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