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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cochlear Implant Bilateral WOW moment

The strangest thing happened today - this CI old-timer, who has been using a CI for 14 years, and has been bilateral for three years, just had another WOW bilateral realization today. I do believe that my bilateral hearing continues to get "better"! 

No, I wasn't in a testing booth, I was at an antique show - haven't been to one in many, many months. This one was indoors in a cavernous event space - with additional exhibitors outside.  It was after browsing the entire show that I realized that a lot of dealers were talking to me today - and I wasn't even looking at them, but I never asked for a repeat, and for most of them, I answered without even looking back at them.  I didn't think it was necessary to look at their faces to continue conversing with them? 

This is definitely a case of my bilateral hearing continuing to get "better" - and me getting more used to hearing casually - being able to hear people from all directions and wider distances.  And the more that happens, the more casual my reaction - just talking back to them without consciously thinking "WOW."  In fact, it wasn't until AFTER doing this for about two hours that I realized that my behavior had changed.  Oh, my!

Reality check: this doesn't happen all the time, and much depends on acoustics, background noise, voices, etc. - but the reality is that this NEVER happened to me as consistently as it did today - not in decades or miles of antique browsing.



  1. It's great to hear that you are still improving. I'm only a 4 month old bilateral. It's good to know that I have more to look forward to!

  2. Great to hear, Arlene. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That's so great!!! I know how that is when the acoustics are just right, you realize how "RIGHT" they are!