Friday, November 4, 2011

First Impression after Activation

My cochlear implant was activated about 5 hours ago. I am sending video to youtube right now and will post the implant experience here when it is ready. In the meantime, let me just write out my first impression.


The biggest thing was that I did not really hear very much. I could feel the electrodes doing their thing more than I could experience sound. What I heard was kind of like a clicking, or a cricket, or maybe a blacksmith hitting an anvil in the distance. But, whenever they upped the power enough for me to hear, I felt a little dizzy, sleepy, startled and nauseated. Basically, I am not used to the stimulation. The volume/power was backed down a good bit, so I am not hearing much at all, but rather feeling the effect of sound. In a week, I will go back for another adjustment and again every week for a while. I think the hearing and hearing of meaningful sound will come a little at a time.

MED-EL has a great presentation of their product, the packaging and the supplies. I felt like a rich man with all the things I got. I’ll post pictures when I can.

I am happy.

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