Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bilateral Cochlear Implant Hearing Test Results

I have much to do today to get ready for our Virginia Tech guests but wanted to share some news from my mapping session yesterday. Bill changed my settings and tested me in the sound booth afterwards. I tested in the NORMAL range at 15 - 25 decibels across the board! That is noticeable difference from the last hearing test I had done in 2005! It was just a quick ten minute test and I don't have a copy of it. It was hard to hear some of the sounds because I heard a *fan* in the background while being tested. When I mentioned it to Bill, he said that that it was a very soft sound and most people don't hear it. It needs to run because otherwise the booth would get hot and stuffy. He was surprised that I even heard it. He was pleased with my test and said that he has not had a patient with a cochlear implant test this well before. :)

Bill did not test me on word comprehension so I will need to set up an appointment with Susie, my audiologist, to have that done. I have six A/V therapy sessions available to me because of the second implant so I should take advantage of them. Bill says I don't need to come back in for another mapping session for 6 - 12 months. I have a feeling I'll need it sooner than that. We'll see.

Have a great weekend!


Sam said...

Laurie...that is awesome! And to think of it, you can hear better than a lot of people. I can't wait to go bi-lateral. I am going to see the doc at the end of May to get that started. Keep up the great work!

Jennifer said...

Oh, wow...that's awesome!!! I'm so thrilled for you!!

Shari said...

Thanks for sharing your CI journey via blog. I am deaf in one ear and have moderate-severe hearing loss in my other ear. I was looking around for CI experiences. I don't know if I qualify, but right now I am only looking into it.