I haven’t wore my cochlear implant for a month. It’s frustrating because I clearly need another mapping session. There are still sounds/things I can’t hear with it. I feel like there’s so much more background noise that I should be hearing with it and I’m not. I know this because I hear the background noise with my hearing aid all the time. So that’s probably why I haven’t felt the urge or desire to wear my cochlear implant lately.
A few months ago I lost an extra magnet piece that I had on my cochlear implant because of my hair. I need two magnets so my cochlear implant won’t easily fall off. It’s not fun hearing then all of a sudden I can’t hear anymore whenever I touch my hair or hug someone.
I also have a “special” direct connect cord that I can connect to my cochlear implant and plug in my iPhone so I can listen to music. I do this a lot at work so I pretty much only use my cochlear implant if I want to listen to music. Lately my direct connect cord has not been working. I have to wiggle it or have it placed in a certain way for it to work. So annoying that this morning I went online to buy a new cord. $25 for a new cord….okay, fine with me. But then I looked around into buying a new power gel (battery) because I should have four power gels but I lost one a few years ago. Each one of them only last 8 (or less) hours before charging again. So guess how much it costs for one power gel? $165! Being deaf is expensive. I didn’t buy it but I probably will need to later on.
Anyways, so this morning I called the doctor’s office who did my cochlear implant surgery back in 2006. I asked for a mapping session and they told me I need a referral from my primary doctor so I can have it covered by insurance. So I hope I can get this sorted out soon so I can get a mapping session done. I’d love to have a new map added to my cochlear implant so maybe I’ll be able to hear background noise and high pitch sounds.
Know how I know I can’t really some sounds that I should be hearing? Well, as I was driving home one day I turned my hearing aid off so I could practice hearing with my cochlear implant on only. I had the music blaring in the car then all of a sudden a car swerved in and cut me off. I yelled a bad word and then realized I couldn’t hear myself say the whole word. Instead I only heard myself say hole. So yeah, this is the story that pushed me to get a mapping session done! :)
P.S. You should go check out my friend, Sean Forbes’s music video (I’m Deaf) in sign language. Also check out the teaser of the new music video that’s coming out soon with Marlee Matlin in it (Let’s Mambo).