I Can Hear Speech Better Now!

April 25, 2012

So I finally got a new mapping session for my cochlear implant!

Lost already?

A mapping session is where they reprogram my cochlear implant. It’s best to get it reprogramed every once a while so when my brain gets used to the sounds & volume then I can go in for another session to increase and adjust the program.

So anyways, about a month ago I got a brochure in the mail from the company of my cochlear implant (Advanced Bionics) about a new program called ClearVoice where it eliminates a lot of background noise so speech is more clear and easier to process/understand. They did a video clip (click on video demos) showing how it sounds if you’re curious.

So I immediately called my cochlear implant doctor’s office to schedule for an appointment. I met with the audiologist that works for the doctor and we went into her office. She threw me off at first because her voice was so high I wasn’t sure if she was doing that because I was deaf and thought it was easier for me to understand her….which it definitely was not helping at all!

She asked me to take my hearing aid off for the session and had me take my cochlear implant off too. She had to connect my cochlear implant to the program on her laptop.

I explained to her how the volume control was ridiculous. The most comfortable I could have it on was at 7AM of the wheel. She said it should be on at noon. So she turned it on to ask me if this was a comfortable setting and I jerked and immediately grabbed the cochlear implant off. It was extremely loud! I was surprised she didn’t have it on low to be safe then slowly increase it. So after a while we finally got it to be at noon.

I also asked her if she had a new stronger magnet for my cochlear implant because the one I had wasn’t strong enough. It kept falling off especially when people hug me or if I was laying down. So now I’ve got a stronger magnet and just that makes me happy!

So we proceeded with reprogramming my cochlear implant. I have 3 programs on my cochlear implant and she explained that she was going to have the program #1 be with background noise, program #2 with some background noise and program #3 with VERY LITTLE background noise.

So today my co-workers and I went out for lunch and I was finally able to test it by having it on program #3. Seriously, it made a big difference. I could hardly hear the background noise. I heard some but it was so quiet that I could ignore it easily and focus on speech and understanding my co-workers. But in order to not hear background noise, I had to turn my hearing aid down or off. I could really hear everything they were saying but it doesn’t mean I understood everything. I still have to lip-read to understand them.

Even when I’m driving home and have music blaring in the car with it on program #3, I can’t really hear the traffic! Looove it!

ClearVoice is AMAZING and I’m so excited! It makes me want to wear my cochlear implant everyday now.

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  • Reply ewiley April 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    That’s Awesome! I’m glad the adjustments made such a noticeable difference for you.

  • Reply Brianna April 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

    So great! I am glad it works!

  • Reply Megan Stephanie April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Ugh now I need to go back to the audiologist.. I suppose I should for this awesome ClearVoice! :) Glad it’s working well for you!

  • Reply Suburban Sweetheart April 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is awesome! So happy for you.

  • Reply Paul W April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Good! A cochlear implant/hearing aids SHOULD be work ALL hours of the day while awake! IMHO. lol 

  • Reply Paul W April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm


  • Reply Karen April 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    That’s great. Yay for a better magnet as well!

  • Reply Krysten April 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

    That is so awesome Stephanie, I’m excited for you!

  • Reply Angela Noelle April 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    That is so fascinating… it’s absolutely amazing to me how far technology has come in recent years. I’m so happy for you that it’s so much easier for you to process speech now!

  • Reply Jessica April 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Wow this is so interesting to read about, I’m not very familiar with it. So glad you’re loving the new one, so exciting!

  • Reply Nicole May 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Amazing. Glad this is all working out for you!

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