One week until implantation. I keep having to remind myself that getting a cochlear implant is only the beginning of the process. It ’s important to remember a few things, such as, nothing can restore “normal” hearing. I believe the best that can be expected is the possibility of being able to better understand what is heard. Being able to take part in a group discussion and actually keep up would be like music to my ears – so to speak.

That being said, what is clearly understood about the CI is that when it is activated, no one knows what the recipient will hear. It is highly unusual to be able to hear and understand clear speech at first. The sound is digitally processed and presented to the auditory nerve. The brain may or may not know what to do with that information at first. Based on my personal experience, my brain often does not know what to do with the information it gets, so I’ll reserve judgement until activation day – May 31. That’s another long month away. I think that I think too much.

It’s been suggested that I go fishing. You know what’s really sad? I’d have to search for my fishing pole. I’m not even sure I have one that works. It’s been that long.

Stay tuned.

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