My last appointment was on August 18th and we did a hearing test on top of the regular testing. One of these tests involves me repeating 50 single syllable words after hearing them with my cochlear device. Prior to surgery I didn't get any of them correct with my hearing aid. I got 42% of them right this time. This was good news, and I needed to hear it. I really didn't think I was doing very well with my hearing progress but this is proof that things are getting better. It doesn't seem to translate to real life though. I was reminded that the "access" to sound is there, it's just a matter of me sorting all of the sounds out.
At one point during my visit, the audiologist sighed and remarked offhand something like "you know, some people after a couple of months are up and running and others are slow and steady. You're one of them (slow and steady)." Personally, this was discouraging to me. I am very patient with other people, but not patient when it comes to me. I was disheartened until I realized what my problem was. I haven't really had very much practice with listening.
I haven't talked much with people at work, and I come home to an empty house. As a result, I haven't spent much time practicing my listening skills. Once I realized this, I knew that this needed to change. The very next day, I went out to buy another audio book to read along with a book. This time I chose Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes.
Reading along with an audio book is fun, except its a pretty expensive activity. Audio books cost anywhere from $15 to $50 per book. A friend suggested checking them out at the library, so I am definitely going to give that a try. I hope there are some good books in there. I'd settle for a couple of classics if they're there.
I bumped into a co-worker at Barnes & Noble while I was shopping for the audio book and told her that I had just had an adjustment appointment but was discouraged with my progress. She told me that I really needed to cut myself a break. I know she's right, but I also know I want faster results too.
I am going to seek out conversation more whenever I can. So, if anybody has interesting stuff to talk about, let's get together! I need the practice!