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The WOW that never ends


Darlene Mac
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My first WOW moment was minutes after activation.  I could hear these little beeps.  I asked my audiologist what was beeping.  She laughed and pointed to my husband sitting across the room...texting the kids.  I could hear his phone beeping when he was dialing!   After the surgery, all I wanted was to go to our cottage and see the ocean...my happy and healing place.  As my audiologist recommended, I wasn't wearing my hearing aid...relying on the CI only! That was very scary. I was lying on the deck enjoying the sun, almost asleep, when I felt a tickle in my previously deaf left ear...I heard my husband say, "Dar, can you come here a minute?"  It had been so long since I heard speech in that ear that I wasn't even sure I had heard it.  I went into the house and asked if he'd called to me.  I was in tears when I realized that I could hear with my left ear, and that my husband's voice was the first voice I heard. ❤️ Over the next few weeks, I must have driven my family and friends crazy asking, "What's that sound?"  It was birdsong, crickets, peepers, the ocean waves, the cat purring, the dryer chime...so many things. With my CI, my life changed so much! Walking in the mall in November I could hear Christmas music.  I could hear "Bad Moon Rising" playing on the radio in a restaurant.  At a house party we were playing a trivia game, and I answered a question from another room, without even a pause.  In the car I could converse with people in the back seat.  At work, I could hear my littlest students reading aloud. I could use any phone.  I could hear what was being said at the drive through at Tim Horton's. I can hear and understand the Blue Jay's baseball games on TV, while I'm reading a book...no closed captions!  I don't have to be looking at people to hear them.  This is huge!  I'm so much more relaxed in social situations.  I can follow multiple conversations, which is important when our big noisy family gets together.  Now I am hearing our grandbabies giggle and laugh and make their soft little baby babbles. I am amazed by this technology and so very thankful for the joy it has brought me. 

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This is wonderful!!!! My favourite of yours is talking to people behind you in the car. That has made my life so much easier too with the kids always chatting away or wanting to sing along.

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Hi Kylie!  Yes, being able to chat in the car has made a world of difference.  That's one of my favorite wow moments too! 

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Amazing, yes! Congratulations, so much fun, i think we kind of just get used to believing the world has less noise! Im activated almost 6 weeks, its a miracle! I cant wait for winter! Ive always kind of loved the "silence" of snow, now i get to hear it lol. I live in the country and it is never quiet here my roommates laugh when i have them identify sounds!

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@diana We also live in the country.  There are so many wonderful and unique sounds.  That reminds me of one WoW moment I almost forgot...honking geese!  I nearly jumped out of my skin the first time I heard the geese flying overhead!  🙂

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20 minutes ago, Darlene Mac said:

@diana We also live in the country.  There are so many wonderful and unique sounds.  That reminds me of one WoW moment I almost forgot...honking geese!  I nearly jumped out of my skin the first time I heard the geese flying overhead!  🙂

Funny, we had a huge gaggle in the harvesyed corn field last night! Fun!

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Honking geese is one of my WOW moments too!  I recall the first time I heard a flock of honking geese and realized I could hear their individual honks!  So cool!

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@Darlene Mac- it's a total delight to hear of your excellent results from your CI. I am also experiencing nearly identical WOW moments. I wonder now how I actually coped as long as I did. When I take off my processor and rely on my HA in my "good" ear, I can hardly hear speech at all. But I now realize how much else I was missing - and, yes, I'm trying to identify all these forgotten sounds. I feel like my implanted ear is my new Super Power! It astounds me every day!! As a fellow Canadian, I am beyond grateful to not only receive this surgery in a timely manner, in the midst of Covid, but that it was all covered by our universal health care. That's a big WOW! too. Wishing you continued WOW moments!

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@HuroniaGirl Wow!  We have a lot in common.  Before my CI, my right ear was my 'good' ear.  I still wear my HA in that ear, mostly for balance.  Like you, when I take off my processor, I can't believe how hushed the world is with just my hearing aid!  The things I was missing!   I am also forever grateful for our healthcare plan and for the wonderful care I received from the entire staff during my surgery.  My surgeon is my hero; not only did he do an excellent job with my implant, he actually held my hand until I fell asleep.  I'm so happy you had your surgery and are having wonderful wow moments. My wish for you is that every day has a WoW moment!  Enjoy the ride, eh! 🍁 😀

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