So, things are starting to normalize a bit. I'm now on program 10 of 12 and doing great! I tried to go to 11 a couple of days ago but quickly switched back to 10. 11 was a bit uncomfortable. 😊
I continue to notice things that I never noticed before:
1. Shoes on carpet scuffing
2. Shoes on linoleum squeaking
3. I'm starting to be able to distinguish between various voices (wife's voice versus my daughter's voice, for instance)
4. Laughs are funny as I perceive those differently now
5. Vocal tic/fry habits (uhm, tsk, tongue-clucks, some kinda guttural throat noise before you begin to speak, etc...)
...I'm sure there are quite a few more but, at the moment, I can't think of any. I really, really, really need to write/log every day so that I don't lose anything. Some of the insights I've had have been mind boggling. For instance, someone walking and talking on the phone at the same time carrying on two conversations at once? My head spins at what has to happen aurally while all that is happening on top of all of the environment sounds. And this happens regularly where I work when there's an emergency and no one really thinks about or comments on it. O.o...
Music continues to improve. My timing has "improved" in that I can now find one. It's "degraded" because I now dance ahead of the beat instead of on it! LOL... I'm starting to be able to focus on individual sounds within music, which is pretty cool. It's quite a bit more challenging to hear music as just music instead of a collection of instruments. I keep getting closer and closer to that ideal. I suspect that when it happens, I won't notice. If I don't notice, I'll be a little bit disappointed because that's quite the milestone.
I'm beginning to be able to understand individual words spoken by individual folks I know well without looking at them. I had a relatively lengthy word exchange with my wife where I wasn't quite looking at her...and as soon as I realized what was happening, I had to look at her to continue the conversation! LOL...
Determining the direction of sound is getting better, particularly when I have both devices on. It's starting to drive me slightly bananas that my right ear is hearing things that my left ear can't AND that the two interpret the same sound that both can perceive differently. But, I guess that, too, shall pass.
On the down side, I'm still experiencing short bouts of vertigo. I suspect these vertigo episodes are happening when I've not slept well as I've not experienced one since I've begun averaging 6 hours of sleep a night again, which began about a week ago. My sense of taste still tastes like metal. I find that if I eat slowly and methodically, I can taste food over the metallic tinge so that's good. But it's persistent and always present and can be a little unpleasant. But that's minor.
All in all, very pleased with where I'm at. I'm working to get back on a regular dance schedule. I have been dancing and while it's sometimes a struggle, I always leave the floor feeling encouraged. My days as a scholarship dancer may be on hold for a bit as I work through my new hearing reality (and pay off some medical bills). But I'm dancing and, right now, that's all that matters. :)
Thank y'all for listening! 🤟🏾💝🤟🏾