Can you breathe more quietly?

1 12 2011

I had my 3 month review of my second cochlear implant today. It’s looking good and they’ve booted me out until September next year as my maps are stable and both ears are balanced. Sounds seem more solid with my left cochlear implant compared to my right, because this is the older implant with a learning gap between them of 18 months.

My hearing was tested and I have got exactly what my audiologist wants to see for bilateral hearing, an average of -20db.

We started testing the hearing on my left ear. I sat in front of a loudspeaker with my left cochlear implant on, and concentrated on listening to the beeps, pressing the buzzer in my hand when I heard a tone. I found it difficult to concentrate as I could hear this weird noise. I was sure it was inside the room. After a few minutes, I asked my audiologist what the intrusive noise was – it turned out to be my Hearing Dog’s breathing…. just a bit too loud! So we turfed him out of the room, found a dog-sitter (!), and you can see the improved listening results at 3000 and 4000 Hz after his exit.

Left cochlear implant hearing

Right cochlear implant hearing

Both cochlear implants tested together

I had a checkup with my surgeon and he’s very happy with the surgery sites. I then went to see my speech therapist, who gave me some speech perception tests, listening to sentences from a loudspeaker, with both implants. The results are;

Lipreading with sound: 98% (4 Apr 2011), 100% (1 Dec 2011)

No lipreading, sound only;

  • In quiet, 57% (17 Nov 2011), 84% (1 Dec 2011)
  • In noise, 27% (17 Nov 2011), 44% (1 Dec 2011)
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8 responses

1 12 2011
Howard Samuels

Oh no! I hope Smudge isn’t reading this. He would be devastated if he knew that he was interfering with your hearing!

1 12 2011
Dan Schwartz

I made the mistake of allowing a patient to bring her Labrador retriever guide dog into my (non-ventilated) sound room exactly once: The dog farted; and the smell was so bad I couldn’t use it for the rest of the day!

Fortunately, my entire South Philly office was heavily sound treated, so I was able to continue hearing testing in the fitting room…

1 12 2011
Sam Spritzer

w00t! w00t! BOOYA! You go, girl!

1 12 2011
Rawan

Thats impressive! really happy for you! All the best 😀

1 12 2011
Deb

Super duper report for your new ear Tina! Teach Smudge to breathe through his nose LOL!!! : )

2 12 2011
Catherine

Awesome scores, Tina!! Such a difference in two weeks! And I am amazed they have booted you out until next September! Tell me when you hear Smudge pee!! 🙂

3 12 2011
deaflinguist

Excellent scores Tina!! So pleased for you!

I haven’t had the pleasure of being tested via loudspeaker – only live voice – so it would be interesting to hear how this works. I suppose it strips out familiarity with the audi’s voice and enables a noise/voice mix to be played – but when I think of loudspeakers I always think of sound distortion. Possibly that’s because I think of them in everyday contexts as in speakerphones or annoying tannoy announcements . . . . where the voice is often really distorted.

13 12 2011
Dan Schwartz

From David J DeKriek
Open Letter to all my patients

When sitting in my soundproof booth, during your hearing test, I am wearing headphones so I can hear you. Even though you can’t hear whats going on outside the booth, I CAN hear whats going inside the booth. The fart that you thought only you knew about will remain our secret (except for my Facebook posts).

Dan Schwartz,
Editor, The Hearing Blog
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