I decided to try out communication with just the implanted ear – turning off the hearing aid in the other ear – and compare that to how I did when I first had this device.  My understanding of my mother has definitely improved significantly from the first time I tried this weeks ago!  How exciting!

The other day I was in Starbucks and while awaiting my drink, the barista said something and this was in the waiting area portion of the cafe.  Well, usually I’m not focused on listening in that area while the drinks are being made and certainly it’s difficult to understand.  But I noticed that I understood what he said about ten seconds after he said it.  Before the implant, I wouldn’t have gotten any of the passive chatter.  So that was very nice and encouraging!