Well today i finally got activated, and wow what a day. My appointment was 1000, i was there by 0945, eager me. I was sat in the waiting area, and my Audiologist walked past with a rather large AB box,mmmm, that must be mine i thought. I was called in to the room and we went through the final details. My Harmony was put on my ear, and plugged into the PC, the thing was to connect the PC to my Implant, no sound would be heard, just a feeling somethin was happening. I felt a strange feeling, my tinnitus level moved a bit. Then we started the beeps, the first being a low frequency, a bit like a heart beat, then the frequencies got higher, some were real hard to hear, but i got them. They were then all joined together. Then it was switched on. Wow, squeaky time, the audiologist sounded so funny, she asked me what i said, i said you have been on helium balloons! I then went for a 10 mins walk, the first noise i heard was squeeky shoes on a doctor in front of me. Outside i coud hear a noise but couldn’t make it out, just a rumble. Just by the Out Patients is a Pedestrian crossing, wow, i heard the beeps to cross the road, not heard that for years. A boy racer in his car went passed with one of those silly exhaust pipes the size of The Channel Tunnel, i heard theat got Vrrrooooom. To see him doing 10mph! I went back inside to the audiologist, via the crossing again to hear it beep. We made a few minor adjustments then went through the ‘bits’ in the box. There was a charger, with various plugs, a case, a drying thingy, spare head thingy, batteries, colour things for The Harmony, leads to plug into battery devices like a MP3 player. So i was let free. I got on the bus,the bus driver,sounded like a chip monk, so i sat upstairs, really odd, but interesting. When the bus stopped i could hear Tssss tsssss tsssss. I thought whats that, 2 rows in front,yep, a muppet blasting music into his ears. He’ll learn the hard way in years to come. At the back of the bus 2 blokes chatting both built like brick s**t houses, but sounded like 2 squeeky people, that amused me. But they kept saying yer, yer yer.
I met my stepson for lunch, we actually had a real good chat, a sqeeky chat, but the first one for along time. I went for a walk round the centre of Bristol, window shopping, just taking all the sounds in, then we went for a sneaky pint. (shhhhhh) That was good, i heard the barman ask for my money as well. Then it hit me, i began to feel real tired. So we came home, had tea, hot bath, and relax, i thought i’d be asleep by now, but i’m watching tele,lol as well as type this, with sound and subtitles, picking out words.
Pictures below: The picture above in me and my Implant. Looks just fine.
And above is my box with all its goodies inside, wasn’t expecting that lot.
So tomorrow, well, in the afternoon, a trip to Asda, oh help! All those people with their shopping trolleys……………..