July 25, 2007 - Activation
Well, Nichole got her CI activated this afternoon. Her audiologist (Marilyn) had her face away from her while she did made the Threshold (T) settings of the quietest sounds Nichole could hear. Nichole heard the very first one. Whew! I had this fear that *nothing* would come through.
Marilyn spent time setting each electrode individually, then had Nichole turn back around and told her she was going to turn them all on, at a low volume, but that if it was too loud to tell her, and she would turn it down. When it was turned on, Nichole squinted her eyes, and said it was too loud. Marilyn turned it off, lowered it, then turned it back on. This went on for a few passes, with Nichole insisting it was too loud, and Marilyn lowering the volume each time. Marilyn indicated that Nichole had *great* auditory nerves because her "hearing" with the CI was so sensitive. That was GREAT news to us! She played with a few noise makers, and said that she hears a *lot* of high frequency sounds that she can't with the hearing aid in her other ear.
Nichole said that people talking sounded like birds chirping. While Nichole (and us as well) was *hoping* that she would simply understand what everyone was saying (the one in a thousand), she wasn't really disappointed that all she heard was "chirps". At least she didn't say so. We had been telling her ahead of time that it would sound strange.
Out of curiosity, how long after activation before your kids could actually understand spoken words? We didn't think of doing the Ling test until driving home, but she only hears the sssss and shhhh sounds (which is amazing in itself), but is missing the low frequency ones. We will mention that at tomorrow's session.
On the way home, it was obvious that Nichole was tired. She said that she had gotten a bit of a headache (anyone else experience that on activation?). She took the processor off for about 15 minutes to see if it helped her headache. She is upstairs now (10pm) unpacking all of the boxes of goodies provided by Cochlear, setting up the chargers, storing the accessories in her room, etc.
We go back tomorrow afternoon for the second part of the activation.