I’ve been processing and handling a lot of new information with this hybrid cochlear implant! I haven’t posted with fervor recently because I’ve needed quiet time or rather semi-quiet time in a loud world! ;-). I’ve been enjoying spending time with my family and letting the adjustments take place while also being engaged in auditory training.
The sounds of the implant are definitely “normalizing.” Many still sound odd, but rather than throw me off, they are incorporating themselves into my auditory soundscape and enhancing my understanding. I have been able to regain a lot of energy that was taken up with this device – listening to the new sounds and having my brain interpret them has been quite the energy drainer. I’m not back at 100%, but I’m extremely well and feel very good!
I just have to remember that this entire thing continues to be a process. However, the nice thing is that the experience isn’t so overwhelming as it once was that I am able to more readily navigate through my life with the new experiences. It took a lot of time to reach that stage where I could do that. I’m beyond thrilled!
Thank you to all of you who have been reading this blog and my postings over the last few months. It’s been quite the journey and one where no clear answer lies ahead at any stage of the game! But I’m thrilled to have undergone this process to enhance my life!