What a great weekend. On Saturday i went to London for a beer or 3, might have been a lot more than that, it was my mates 40th birthday pub crawl. I was a bit nervous at first, as i had not been to a busy place with my CI on a drinking session. I soon settled down. I caught the train up, i took my Neptune with me to listen to some music on my MP3 player. I plugged myself in to my Neptune, turned on my MP3 player, flat battery, doh. Ah but i had a back up, i had the same music on my phone, why i just didn’t use that in the first place i’ll never know. So there i was sat in First Class, in the Quiet Coach, listening to music, and nobody could hear a thing, apart from me, and the smell wafting from my Pasty. I used my Harmony once i arrived in London. I got on the tube, cor isn’t it noisy, i remember it was noisy when i had hearing, but forgot how noisy. I met up with everybody in the pub,it was my first visit to a pub since my mapping session last week, thank goodness for Clearvoice. In the first pub i had it on medium clearvoice, but that wasn’t quite right, so i switched to high clearvoice and turned the volume up. Bingo, i found that better. It wasn’t easy, noisy places are a struggle, but i could chat to people near me. In one pub i was chatting to a chap at the bar, commenting on the good ales, and how the pub was nice, he said glad you like it I’m the manager. It’s a good job i didn’t say anything bad. There was about 10 of us round a table, chatting, and one of the chaps asked about my CI and how did it work, so i gave him a quick run down. My mate turned round and said ‘ i’ve got my mate Dave back’. Well,wow, that was a real nice comment, one i will not forget. People i hadn’t seen for 18 months commented on how i was much better at talking, they could hear me, instead of my whispering, then shouting, that was back in my dark days. It was a real good day out. Everything made it back home safely.
Sunday, er yep, i had a small hangover, well, smallish, i felt awful……….
Today at work we tried different things. I tried the voice recorder again. All the phone calls are recorded for safety reasons. We use the recordings to do random checks on peoples communication skills, and for other issues. I am finding that still a bit of a struggle, i can hear the outgoing person speaking, but the person at other end of phone i cannot understand. I noticed all the voices sounded the same, male and female. So a bit of work needed there. Then it was telephone practice, using my headset. I gave my colleague some sheets from one of our systems with messages that are passed on. He went to the other side of the office, rang my desk, then started to say the messages to me, which i had to repeat back, i got all of them right, i only asked him once to repeat a sentence, which had 15 and 50 in it, but that can be difficult for any person. I was happy with it. I will need to listen in to other phone calls in the office to get used to accents, as well as listening to how people speak fast etc,but we are heading in the right direction slowly, but surely. I’ll get there.Tomorrow we will do more practice as well. I will ring out , and also get my colleague to ring my mobile as well.
Since my mapping session last week i have noticed quite an improvement in sounds. I was walking to the bus stop today, jingling the coins in my coat pocket, i had heard it before with my CI but not as loud as that. I must have really annoyed people before my CI as i used to jingle the coins and not hear it,oops. My bare feet walking across the carpet, water in sauce pans bubbling away, the noise water makes when you pour it into a cup when making a cup of tea, the cat scratching, all noises that are louder. The doors in the office go wooosh as well when they open.
Life is good.
London, love it lit up.
Now thats a proper pasty