Tweety Bird is starting to pull his voice back into the cartoons! I'm so excited to send Tweety Bird on his way! Input is starting to seem quite a bit more like what I'm used to with my hearing aid. Getting even more nuance and depth in sounds. It's like I'm starting to return to analog sound after being with digital for so long. With analog hearing aids, sound felt "full" for lack of a better way to describe it. For the past 26 years, I've been wearing digital aids as that seemed to be my only option. Well, I'm getting that "fullness" of sounds back.
I heard the dog barking as barking, not as Tweety with a sore throat. Sounds different outside versus inside (echoes). Heard my wife open the garage door from within the house. I was able to point out that she tends to drag the sibilants of her speech out while she thinks about what she wants to say (sounds like a snake!). My wife has told me plenty of times that I breathe like I'm making an obscene phone call sometimes. I got to hear that today. Now that I'm aware of it, I'll make a better effort to not sound like a 14 year old boy with a crush on a mature lady. LOL!!
I was trying to study for my final in a class that I'm taking. I'm also trying to spend more time in "speech" mode, per the audiologist's request. The only time I usually willingly listen to sound is if it is related to music. That's sound I can understand and consume. I figured, while studying, I could let that drone on in the background. My wife usually listens to a book on tape in the evenings so I thought that'd be a good starting point. After all, I've been "listening" to books on tape for quite a while now. It's just that now I can hear the narrator, right? Uhm, no. That noise is distracting. I don't know how my wife can listen a book while also working on her dissertation and make so much progress. (shaking my head...) It's gonna be a while before I can do that. Maybe I can listen to books on tape while in the car??
I updated to the second program. Golly! The dogs voice "deepened". I'm no longer thinking about calling her "Tiny". LOL... Most guys sound like guys again and (most) girls don't sound like they have a permanent supply of helium. :P I can overhear conversations in restaurants, although I can't understand what they're saying. That's something I've never noticed before. Sidebar/background conversations are going to be even more annoying than they were pre-implant. Whee!
Yesterday, I heard the clink of silverware on silverware for the first time. Now I know why people tap their silverware together sometimes. :P
Last night, went to the company Christmas party. The good news: in all of that noise, I could pick out voices. The meh news is that music was a bit harder to make out. Could still make it out if I concentrated but that kind of concentration is not conducive to dancing usually.
Listening to the stereo in the car on the way to work this morning, I had no problems hearing the music. So, that tells me there's hope and that I just need to give my brain more time to learn how to filter out the input I want to pay attention to. Listening to Khalid's "Better" was a treat this morning. There's something in the music that "trills" periodically. Not sure which instrument that is but it. Is. Awesome! Now that I'm aware of it, gives me all kinds of WC swing play ideas! And little things like that is happening over and over again with not just music but sounds in general.
All-in-all, positive progress, even though I'm still exhausted all of the time. It's a lot of work...and is sometimes a bit painful. But, at the same time, enjoyable. Getting closer to being ready to get back onto the floor myself. But it's probably going to be just learning how to hear music in that context again. It's going to be a wild ride.