Becoming One With The Borg

By: palmettobug53 , 9:40 PM GMT on June 18, 2013

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Most of my friends here on WU know that I am hearing impaired. It is not very obvious, as hanging out online creates a level playing field for me. I'm not constantly asking folks to repeat themselves. The only time I even remember it is when someone posts videos. I can't hear the music or follow narration.

This is the story of my journey to date and the journey to come.

I was diagnosed with hearing loss in the second grade. My teacher was counting heads after recess and came up one short. She looked out the window and, there I was, blissfully swinging away on the swingset. I had my back turned to the playground and hadn't noticed that everyone had gone inside.

My teacher contacted my mother, told her what happened and asked, "Have you ever had her hearing tested?"

I doubt my mother had noticed, particularily. Young children are notorious for hearing what they want to hear and ignoring the rest. Like being called to come in the house, when they don't really want to.

I am lucky that my teacher was perceptive and didn't automatically assume I was a 'problem' child.

Mama took me in to see a otorhinolaryngologist and, sure enough, I had some mild hearing loss. Mostly high pitched sounds like whistles - and the recess bell. He suggested that the cause of my hearing loss was probably the fever I had with the measles around age 3. Red measles was known to sometimes cause damage to the hearing. ( I later learned that a family history of hearing issues could be genetic. I know now that is probably true, in my case.) He prescribed some vitamins. I didn't take those very long, as I couldn't stand the taste every time I burped. They made me burp a lot, too. UGH.

From that point on, I was always sitting on the front row, so that I could hear better. Thus, messing up all my teacher's alphabetical seating arrangements. I found that a bit embarrassing for a while.

In high school, someone suggested that my parents get me a hearing aid. I don't remember much about that except that I could not stand the noise and refused to wear it. Looking back, I now know that was normal and I'd have adjusted, if I had kept going. That noise tends to subside, as you get used to it.

I don't recall being fitted for it or having any counseling or follow up care. To the best of my recollection, it was simply handed to me by my parents and I was told, "Put it on."

I feel badly about that, now. Even back then, I'm sure it was expensive and my folks didn't have that much extra cash.

I went along for a number of years, with my hearing slowly getting a bit worse over time. I accepted wearing hearing aids in my 30's and they helped for a number of years. I still wear them but they don't do much for me now.

I have slowly lost the ability to use the phone, watch TV, go to the movies, listen to the radio. I can't hear music and that bothers me. I love music. My ability to be a participant in conversations dwindled. I relied more and more on lip reading. If it's too dark for me to see, I can't hear. That knocks out any dimly litted venue or sitting outside after dark and talking with the neighbors.

I struggle to function at work. I can't hear well enough to follow what's being said in staff meetings or even when being talked to one on one. I worry about missing something important.

I can't hear sirens or cars. Not being able to hear cars makes riding a bicycle risky, unless I load it up and take it to a park with bike trails. Too much trouble.

I look like an owl when walking outside, constantly looking around to be sure I'm safe. I would not be able to hear someone slamming on brakes, to avoid hitting me, when crossing streets. I have a fear of being turned into a grease spot in the middle of the road.

I'm surprised I haven't been picked up by the cops or security, when walking through parking lots.
I'm ducking and looking at cars, as I walk past. It looks for all the world like I'm casing them, looking for one e to break into. What I'm doing is looking for someone in the driver's seat, who may be getting ready to crank up and back out.

I can't hear birds or running water. Or the ocean.

I have compensated, to a point, with using a text telephone for the deaf, email, captioning on the TV and a bed shaker alarm clock. Asking people to write things down.

I love email! And I love chatting with my friends here on WU. You don't know how much your friendship and conversations mean to me.

But the time has come for a change.

I made an appointment with Audiology at MUSC to discuss my options.

I was told that they could fit me with another pair of aids, to the tune of $3,500.00, payable in full, up front. They probably wouldn't help that much and aids only last a few years before needing to be replaced.

My other option was.... (drum roll here, please) - taking the plunge and getting the cochlear implants.

I decided that, rather than coughing up $3,500.00 on aids that weren't likely to give me much benefit, I'd be better off applying that $3,500.00 to my out of pocket expense for the implants. There are maintenance issues with the implants, They will, however, have a better likelihood of giving me improved hearing. 'Improved' is the key word; they will not 'give me back my hearing.' Not like normal people hear or even what I was able to hear 40 years ago.

Each person is different and will have different results from the implant. Some get more benefit than others. Anything is better than what I have now, which is practically nil.

I met with the audiologist for the Cochlear Team June 4th. We had a long discussion about the procedure, my expectations (better speech comprehension and the ability to hear environmental sounds for my own safety), the various models of processors, which I was able to see, handle and try on. I have chosen the one I want - the Med El's Rondo, an off the ear model that has recently come out. Med El is one of the oldest cochlear implant companies and is well regarded.

There are several companies that make cochlear implants. The internal implants are all about the same. The external processors are all about the same . There are some minor differences in appearance and function of the external processors but not so much that the patient can't choose one they like. They come in all sorts of colors; you can get your favorite college or pro ball color, one that blends with your hair or one that makes a fashion statement. There is a totally waterproof model, which would be great for athletes, swimmers and folks that spend a lot of time in/on the water.

I had a CT scan done yesterday and met with the doctor who will do the surgery. I believe all my pre op questions have been answered. I have done a lot of research and feel that I am pretty well prepared. All systems are go and I'm scheduled for the procedure on June 26th. Only one implant will be done at a time. The second surgery will likely be within a couple of months or so after the first one.

My doctor is very optimistic that I will have good results, even though it has been quite some time since I've actually been able to hear sounds and speech. He suggests that I have a good chance to
get back more than my basic expectations.

We'll see.

Surgery is done on an outpatient basis. I probably won't miss that much work; maybe 5 to 7 days.

The implant won't be turned on nor will I be given my first external processor until my 2 week post op visit. I will have several therapy sessions after that, to help me learn how to use it.

I have never been shy about talking about my hearing and you can ask me anything you like. The more people know about hearing loss, the better. At some point, everyone will have to deal with someone with hearing loss. If I can help them to do that, I've accomplished something.

So. The next part of my journey begins.

I am joining the hive and becoming one with the Borg.

Resistance is futile.




Med El's Rondo, the model I have chosen.

Cochlear Implant

Basic Facts About Hearing Loss

Tinnitus - I have terrible tinnitus. It can be so loud, in both ears, with multiple levels of noise, that I sometimes have trouble going to sleep.

Note: I will continue to provide updates on how my Century Plant is progressing.



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Karen, I get the giggles sometimes when watching TV, if they're using what they call 'real time captioning.' That's captioning that is being transcribed for live TV - mostly news programs or those morning shows. It can be tricky, listening to someone talk and trying to type exactly what is being said.

I've seen some real bloopers. What's funnier, is that some of them make sense, in a warped way.

For example: One local weather guy, one Sunday evening, was talking about the rainy afternoon we'd had: "What a way to crap up the weekend." I cracked up. I know he meant 'wrap' up the weekend but the person doing the captioning mistyped it. It made perfect sense, though!

Tony, I knew you had hearing issues but I don't think I knew it was work related. If you have to use hearing aids, it's good that workmen's compensation pays for them. Hearing aids seem to be getting more and more expensive. TVs, computers and other electronics always seem to come down in price; hearing aids go up.

My first pair were about $600.00 each. I was able to get Vocational Rehabilitation to cover the cost, with a letter from my supervisor stating that, without them, I might be at risk of losing my job. (This was long before the Disability Act. Even so, I don't think my job was really at risk. She just wanted me to get some help.) I was able to get VR to pay for the second set about 10 years later and then for a single replacement about 10 years after that. No more. They no longer have the funding.

My insurance will not pay for hearing aids. (Glasses, either, for that matter.) Finding out how much it would cost me to get new aids (which would likely not give me much benefit) was kick in the butt I needed to make the decision to do the implants.
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Good afternoon Bug.
I too have a hearing problem. Luckily workmen's compensation pays for my hearing aids as the problem is work related.
When I first got mine I Realized that without them I couldn't hear birds.
Have a great day.
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Many of them are really garbled up, like it's using a speech recognition program or is captioned by someone whose English skills are limited.

This had me giggling because at work when we miss a call and someone leaves a voice message, it goes straight to our email. It will attached a voice message if someone left one, otherwise it just identifies the number.

But I was giggling because a couple of months ago, on my day off, someone called my extension at work (it was a day my aide was working, and she is originally from Peru and fluent in Spanish), and someone left a message. Unfortunately it goes to MY email, not hers, but he left a message in Spanish, which the voice recognition program tried to put into English, and it was hysterical! I forwarded it on to her so she could read it. I listened to it, and since it was in Spanish I knew the message was meant for her!

They really need to improve that! I've gotten a lot of laughs from 'reading' my voice messages and then listening to what they really said!
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Good morning!

No, Sandi, I don't have anything like an airing cupboard. I have two clothes horses and a couple of over-the-door hangers in the spare bedroom. I can also hang a few things on the shower curtain rod in the bathroom.

There are lots of people that have the luxury of a laundry room that has the space for clothes horses and hanging space. I'm not one of them. :-(

Luckily, over half of the wash dry or almost dry. It was just the last 2 loads that were damp/wet.

As it turned out, it was just a passing shower and didn't continue. I already had everything hung up inside and it wasn't worth the trouble of taking them back out.

It cleared off last night and I was able to see the super moon!

It is still clear and sunny out there this morning, though we may get some T-storms this afternoon/evening.

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Oh, I hate it when you plan to get laundry dried outside and the heavens open.. it makes the house feel so musty if you have to dry them inside!

Do you not have airing cupboards in the US? Maybe I have asked this before, can't remember. If the weather is grotty, I wash a load last thing at night and then hang then over the clothes-horse before I go to bed. By next morning they are dry enough to hang in the airing cupboard (a small cupboard that contains the hot water cylinder and a couple of shelves, although mine is a double one and also contains hanging space.)

It dries the clothes completely before I put them away into drawers or wardrobes.
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Criminy.... The house is full of slightly damp and wet laundry. We started to get some splatters of rain.

Well, it's all done, except for one last sheet.
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Wab, I am definitely ready to get this show on the road. I hate the last few days prior to something like this.

Pros, that photo is plenty big enough for me to see and it's lovely. Thank you for the well wishes.

Time to get back up again.
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Bug, my apologies for forgetting the date of your birthday. So sorry! Please know that I do wish you a very Happy Birthday, a year full of joy and a successful implant. Big big hug sweet Bug.

This photo is supposed to be in large size! What is going on?
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57. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting palmettobug53:
Good morning!

Kinda hazy day here, so am trying to get the wash done and on the line.

Karen, no, I missed that. Bless his heart.

I know there are other implants besides the cochlear. Some are bone conduction. There is a totally implantable device (I forget the name, now) that requires surgery every 6 or 7 years to replace the battery. My hearing loss was too much for that one and I really don't want the have to do battery replacement like that.

Wab, we like the 'traditional' roast chicken as well as the lemon pepper.

Hi, Blu! Long time, no see. Life does have it's way of getting in the way of blogging, sometimes, doesn't it?

Yes, it's exciting. I won't lie: I am getting a bit nervous. Mostly about what to expect, I guess. I feel like I'm well prepared. I just need to stay busy in the next few days and trust my doctor and the rest of his team. They're all very upbeat and optimistic.

Gotta go. That load in the wash is finished.

BBL


bet you are getting antsy .. hopefully the time will go by quickly these next few days .. everything is going to be great .. so happy for you !!
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Oh, Karen, I've noticed lately that a number of the newer videos now have captioning. There's a [CC] box at the bottom; if you click on that, the captions pop up.

Some are better than others, though. Many of them are really garbled up, like it's using a speech recognition program or is captioned by someone whose English skills are limited. The CBS clip's captions were fine.
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Good morning!

Kinda hazy day here, so am trying to get the wash done and on the line.

Karen, no, I missed that. Bless his heart.

I know there are other implants besides the cochlear. Some are bone conduction. There is a totally implantable device (I forget the name, now) that requires surgery every 6 or 7 years to replace the battery. My hearing loss was too much for that one and I really don't want the have to do battery replacement like that.

Wab, we like the 'traditional' roast chicken as well as the lemon pepper.

Hi, Blu! Long time, no see. Life does have it's way of getting in the way of blogging, sometimes, doesn't it?

Yes, it's exciting. I won't lie: I am getting a bit nervous. Mostly about what to expect, I guess. I feel like I'm well prepared. I just need to stay busy in the next few days and trust my doctor and the rest of his team. They're all very upbeat and optimistic.

Gotta go. That load in the wash is finished.

BBL
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Bug!!! It was all I could do to read thru your blog.

Will read back tomorrow.

An amazing journey you are about to undertake. You are such an amazing narrator, I look forward to reading it.
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53. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting palmettobug53:
Hi, Wab. Oh, yeah, I get those rotisserie chickens fairly often. Most of the local grocers have deli departments.

Hot the first meal, with veggies. Sandwiches the second or even just cold chicken with what's left from the day before. After that, I can usually scrape off enough of the remaining meat for a small chicken salad, another sandwich or make a small pot of chicken perlow.

Three meals from one chicken that runs about 5.99 to 7.99 depending on where you get it or if they're running a special. You can't beat that!


Bug no you can't !! they have different seasonings on them here too such as garlic or Italian .. and think one more but can't remember off hand now .. we get the same from them .. I like cold chicken sandwich or chicken salad .. or chicken in a salad also ..

EDIT -- Lemon Pepper was the other seasoning ..
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Bug - this was on the news yesterday and today. I wondered if you had seen it.



I know you can't 'hear' it, but that motion he is making, looks like a 'V' against his cheek, means 'voice'. It's a different kind of a procedure that you are getting, but I thought the timing was amazing!
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51. palmettobug53
10:40 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Hi, Wab. Oh, yeah, I get those rotisserie chickens fairly often. Most of the local grocers have deli departments.

Hot the first meal, with veggies. Sandwiches the second or even just cold chicken with what's left from the day before. After that, I can usually scrape off enough of the remaining meat for a small chicken salad, another sandwich or make a small pot of chicken perlow.

Three meals from one chicken that runs about 5.99 to 7.99 depending on where you get it or if they're running a special. You can't beat that!
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50. palmettobug53
10:36 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Sandi, we have a brand of frozen food here called Stouffer's. They make several frozen main dishes and they're really good. Two or three of those in the freezer with some steam-in-the-bag microwavable veggies and some tinned veggies and we're set for some easy to fix meals.

I can also send Hubby down to Publix or Piggly Wiggly's deli; they have a daily spread of hot foods and salads. A bit pricey but in the name of convenience in special circumstances...
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49. whitewabit (Mod)
10:36 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Bug .. several of our grocery's have rotisserie chicken they usually run about 3 lbs and wife and I get one and have it hot with veggies one night and chicken sandwiches the next .. only around 5 or 6 dollars here .. do they have that there by you ??

good idea on waiting on the fruit .. though cantaloupe can be cut and chilled in the frig .. but about everything other then grapes needs to be bought closer to the operation date ..
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48. sandiquiz
10:14 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
I'll keep it simple ...... exactly!!! It won't hurt if you live on soups and sandwiches with the occasional take out thrown in!

I am making a jelly in the morning, and have already made some ice cream. The small young man, and two older "young men" love jelly and ice cream so that is easy! The rest is salads and cheeses and meats and various breads - so not much to do in the kitchen!
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47. palmettobug53
9:58 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
COLLINS! Goodness, it's good to see you. I know you popped up over at wab's not too long ago.

Thanks for the B-Day wishes.

Sandi, the Delta Quadrant wave problems must have been transitory. I see 5/9 just fine.

You're doing the same thing I'll be doing this weekend and Mon/Tues. Straightening, cleaning and last minute shopping. I don't want to have to lift a finger for some days after surgery. It makes the recovery period a whole lot easier.

I swung by Big Lots and Dollar General today after work. Picked up some snacks and decided to get a few household items that I was running low on so that I wouldn't run out before I felt up to running errands.

I'll go to Walmart this weekend and stock up on some canned goods and frozen items but I might wait until Tuesday after work to get fresh fruits and vegs. I don't want to buy them too early. Hubby hasn't a clue how to pick out fresh produce. His training is sadly lacking.

We're surrounded by take away franchises and there's cafeteria down the road that offers take out. If Hubby and I get tired of soups, sandwiches and frozen dinners, he can go pick something up.

Someone at work suggested cooking some dinners and putting them in the freezer.

Nah, I'm not going to mess with that. I've got too much to do to spend several hours cooking and freezing.

I'll keep it simple.

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46. sandiquiz
9:39 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Went to the post today....finally! Lol

GG said the image of 5 of 9 was missing, and it was for me just now...then it came back again! Obviously the Delta quadrant is having delta wave problems!

Been busy today making sure the garden and house were tidy, and doing last minute shopping, baking and food preparation! Have visitors coming tomorrow, so will not be on the blogs!

Have a good weekend - relax, if you can!
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45. collinsfarm
5:53 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Wahoo!!! Happy Birthday Bug!!

.....uumm, I heard there was cake here. I'm just saying.

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!!
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44. palmettobug53
4:08 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone!

WOW. I've had a lot of visitors since last night.

Karen, I knew you were going and thought it was August. I was speed reading on someone's blog and I thought you said you were headed out today. I should slow down and READ!

Rob, thank you.

Wab, one of the girls next door says there's a student at her school with implants. The surgery has been around for quite some time and they're doing more and more of them.

Thanks, beel. I enjoy those virtual cakes. I can have all I want and not gain an ounce. YUM.

Foxx! It's good to see you and thanks for the well wishes. It makes me feel good that my friends here are rooting for me.

Hi, Jeff. No worries about day-after-happy-birthdays. Better late than never.

Yes, it is exciting. Not to mention a little daunting, taking this step into the unknown. I have a reasonable idea of what to expect but expecting and experiencing are two different things. I do remember how extremely noisy things were when I got my hearing aids in my thirties. Talk about sensory overload! Ye gads.... If you stick with it, though, your brain learns to sort out all the noises and things settle down after a while.
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43. BrowardJeff
1:24 PM GMT on June 21, 2013
So here I was, just hanging out eating breakfast, and I ran out of things to read on the internet. Then I remembered Gamma's show coming up, and popped into her blog. And she said something about news on your blog, Bug, so I thought I'd pop over and see what the deal is.

Wow. That's so exciting! I hope everything works out and far surpasses your expectations. :)



Oh, and happy day after the birthday!


-Jeff
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42. Beachfoxx
3:45 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Dearest Bug!

Happy Happy Birthday!
And what wonderful news! I hope the implant surgery goes well, I'm so happy you are having this procedure. Will be thinking of you with best wishes for a speedy recuperation and the best of best results!
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41. whitewabit (Mod)
3:28 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Quote by Bug " Pros, I'm not brave, at all. I've simply got my back against a wall and this is the way out.


Don't worry bug we've all got your back !! Think I can say that for all of us !!!
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40. beell
3:22 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Ooooh! Just in time. Happy Birthday, bug!



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39. whitewabit (Mod)
3:19 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Quoting palmettobug53:
Oh, Karen..... They said that the surgery sometimes gets rid of the tinnitus or reduces it to a much more tolerable level. I hope mine goes away!

Right now, mine is constant and very loud.
If I'm tired or sick, it worsens.

It even inteferes with the hearing tests done by the audiologist. I can't tell if it's her making the tones or my ears. I found myself a few weeks ago raising my hand because I 'heard' the tone, only to find that the test was over and she was opening the door to the soundproof room. It was my tinnitus!




Bug .. was telling my son about the operation and my grandson said that there is a girl with the implants in his class .. and she has been able to move from special classes to regular classes now over the last 2 years .. it sounds so fantastic ..

Am hoping they will live up to all your expectations and More !! Getting excited for you !!

Edit -- Happy Birthday !!
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38. RobDaHood
3:02 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Happy Birthday!
I truly hope that this year is the best ever for you!
Keeping you in my thoughts!
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37. SBKaren
2:20 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Bug - if you lost your ability to hear gradually, then I can see why you would never learn ASL. I did take ASL as my foreign language requirement in college. You are right, you loose it if you don't use it, so hubby and I still try once in a while. We are certainly not conversational, but I can get my point across!!! LOL

We are not leaving for Tahoe tomorrow, we aren't going until August.
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36. palmettobug53
1:52 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Oh, Karen..... They said that the surgery sometimes gets rid of the tinnitus or reduces it to a much more tolerable level. I hope mine goes away!

Right now, mine is constant and very loud.
If I'm tired or sick, it worsens.

It even inteferes with the hearing tests done by the audiologist. I can't tell if it's her making the tones or my ears. I found myself a few weeks ago raising my hand because I 'heard' the tone, only to find that the test was over and she was opening the door to the soundproof room. It was my tinnitus!


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35. palmettobug53
1:33 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Hi, Caro! Thank you. I see you sneaked in while I was replying to Karen.

Hubby is watching something on TV and I thought I'd peep back in for a moment.

I am looking foward to seeing just how well I'll do with the implants.
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34. palmettobug53
1:29 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Hi, Karen and thank you for the ASL birthday wish1

I never learned ASL. I was always able to hear pretty well, other than high pitched tones, on up until my 30's. I used the phone, watched TV, went to movies, heard birds, cats, music, etc, during those years. My hearing loss was continous but so gradual that I really didn't realize just how bad it was until the past few years. I just kept putting off doing anything about it.


About ASL: One thing about ASL is that it is like any other languare. You can learn it but if you don't use it regularly, you'll forget it.

I've run into the odd person, here or there, that did know ASL because they had one or more family members who had to use it to communicate.

Because I have never had any contact with the local deaf community, I never saw the point in learning. It was never mentioned as an option by my audiologists.

Today, though, I am in the middle between the deaf world and the hearing world. Because the hearing world is the one I grew up in and the one I know, that's the one I'll return to.

Costco? I've decided to take out a membership. There's one within a couple of miles of our house. After Googling today for 'cheap hearing aid batteries', I found that I can get a 40 count box of them for the same price I'd pay at the drugstore or Walmart for a pack of 6 or 8. It will make the annual membership fee worth it. I'm going to go through batteries like blazes with those processors. And, when I'm down there for batteries, I'll probably get gas, as well.
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33. carolinagal
1:28 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Happy Birthday!! And many good wishes for the upcoming surgery. I'm really happy for you.
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32. SBKaren
11:56 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Bug - First off, I'll start with my birthday wish. You never mentioned learning any kind of sign language, but this image provides the finger letters with the message! LOL



I think it's very encouraging of you to share your story. I believe there are a good many people who 'lurk' on this site, and you just never know when your message might hit a spot with someone. I've had an email or two from folks who I've never seen post a message on a blog, but mentioned something about a message I've put in my blog. It's probably happened to us all.

So, since you said you don't mind any kind of questions, I'll just ask. Was learning sign language ever an option for you? Was it ever mentioned by any MD or teacher? I'm really curious.

I think I've told you before that I know a few people who are deaf. My friend, and our school's art lab teacher, is married to a deaf man. He was deaf from birth so things were certainly different for him than for you. Sure didn't stop or limit him. He's a tall guy - 6'2" and really got into sports. He also went to college and became a teacher - for the deaf. Matter of fact, he just retired this past year. Of course ASL is used in his home between his wife and two daughters (and now two son-in-laws).

He was also my daughter's volleyball coach. He would sign to the girls and his daughter (who was obviously on the team), would make up for what the girls didn't understand in oral language.

Are any of your other senses heightened? I know this guy can see out of the back of his head!

My daughter's best friend's son is profoundly hard of hearing. He also wears hearing aides. They didn't discover his loss of hearing until about age 2 when they noticed his language wasn't developing on target. Even babies can get by without hearing, by lots of observation!! He's 10 now.

I remember we had a couple of students in our school who were hard of hearing and wore hearing aides. There was this contraption that worked wirelessly. The teacher had a mike (worn around her neck with the mic sticking out to her mouth), and her voice would be louder for those particular boys. I don't think they go to our school anymore, but I'm not sure. I never had to wear it in the media center.

My dad had hearing aides and my aunt currently wears them.

Hubby has tinnitus too. It doesn't sound as bad as some others that have spoken about it here, but he comments on it occasionally.

We belong to Costco and we find that there is plenty for us to buy there! The gas is a big one for us. In our area we only have one gas station available to us, and the closest Costco is about 7 miles away, but the savings is over 30 a gallon! We can generally time a trip to Costco with needing gas. There are certainly other gas stations closer than Costco, but not with as good a price!

I also buy my dog and cat food there, as well as bread (I get two loaves - one goes in the freezer while we use one), our coffee, toothpaste, mouthwash, toilet paper, laundry soap, kitty litter, meat and sometimes chicken, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I wish they had smaller sizes, but we buy enough to make the membership worth it.

The price of your hearing aide batteries will be well worth it. Even for regular batteries it's worth it! Believe me, you'll find something there of value that will be worth it for you!

So, good luck with your journey, and I look forward to hearing all about it. I hope they play music for you when they test it out the first time!
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31. palmettobug53
8:52 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Hi, ho, Mike, and thank you. OB certainly filled out that cat suit. I, on the other hand, would have several unsightly rolls and bulges!

Oh, Ylee, that's a cool birthday gif!

Mmmmmmm.... I certainly would like to hear Jean Luc say, "Engage." Or "Make it so." Or anything, really! lol
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30. Ylee
6:25 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Happy Birthday, bug!



I know you can do this, bug! You have the resolve and strength of spirit to see this through successfully! Besides, wouldn't you want to hear Jon-Luc say "engage"? :' )
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29. clearlakemike
5:18 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Happy Birthday Bug!!! I was going to ask Karen when Flat Bug was going to go up into space but I see she is already there! LOL And not in just some cargo hauler, lol. 5/9 is looking good! And not so flat either, LOL. Hope you have a good day and don't go home to a flood.
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28. palmettobug53
4:29 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
No, I can't hear the cats, either. It will be nice to hear Gus. Maybe. He's really talkative and it might get old, fast. lol

I remember that shot of OB. Love the roses.
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27. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Oh, goodness! Lookit all the birthday wishes!

Thank you, Gams. Don't feel too bad about just finding out about the implants. I didn't make the announcement until Tuesday night. You didn't miss it by much. Yes, they're the same things Limbaugh has.

I'm excited for you, too! You have your show coming up!

SANDI! Oh, my gosh! LOLOLOLOLOL......

I just about covered my monitor with tomato soup! That is just too funny for words. (I sure wish I would look that good in a body suit. I've never gotten up the nerve to even consider trying one on!)

Thank you, Ogal. Love the balloons.

GG, I think you'll have to come get it. I think the zipper stuck, as I was trying to get into the thing. I can't get out. Thank you for the B-Day wishes.

Hi, Cal, thank you. Yep, I'm working. No rest for the weary or for birthday people.

Thank you, Shore. That time diff messes me up a lot, too.

I do hope we don't get another downpour this afteroon. The paper said that multiple streets downtown were closed until 7 p.m. last night. One intersection had water waist deep! Thank goodness I got out of town when I did.

Downtown got around an inch but it came down hard and fast right about high tide, which will cause flooding. West Ashley, where I live, got 3.5 inches and Mt. Pleasant got 2.5.
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26. shoreacres
4:05 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Happy Birthday, Bug! I wanted to be sure and get here before you check in and out at lunch. This time difference gets me, sometimes! Be back in a bit. ;)

ADD: and here I am, with a proper greeting! You know you have my best wishes for the upcoming week as well as today. It just crossed my mind - have you been able to hear Gus? If not, that's going to be one of your greatest delights, along with music and the birds.

Have a good day - I hope it's the best ever!

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25. seflagamma
3:00 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Sandi, when I saw your post on my blog I had to come and see what you did for Bug's birthday.
I love it!!!!
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24. calpoppy
1:02 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Have a fun birthday, Bug! Though you will probably be working, enjoy anyway.

That was a very cool card, Sandi!!!
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23. GardenGrrl
12:40 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Your sister seven from tertiary adjunct of unimatrix zero-one comes to give you a birthday greeting. She also wants her cat suit back ;)



Have a Great Birthday!

Ps, the outfit looks great on you, give her your old uniform instead.



Hmmmmmmm looks the transporter screwed up again, she's not in the comment box.
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22. OGal
11:19 AM GMT on June 20, 2013







Have the very best birthday ever. I am just so proud of you!!
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21. sandiquiz
10:19 AM GMT on June 20, 2013




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20. seflagamma
10:17 AM GMT on June 20, 2013
Bug, Happy Birthday To you!!!!

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Oh my goodness, I just read your header and you have some exciting weeks coming up and I am so happy for you.

I have heard of the implants you are getting, I think they are the ones Rush Limbaugh uses and they helped him a lot.

I am so happy and excited for you! Wish I had gotten here sooner to see what is happening.


You have a wonderful and Happy Happy Birthday my friend!!!

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19. sandiquiz
9:54 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Glad you got home ok.....that's a lot of rain.
We really need some...it would clear the air of pollen. Today has been very bad for C. He never suffered at all until last year, ( brought on we think by being in a house with two folk who smoked) and now this year it is really bad. The experts say this year, due to the late spring bumping into summer, that the hay fever is the worst it has been for fifty years:-(
He coughs with it and first thing in the morning he coughs so much he can hardly breathe.
The doc gave him an asthma inhaler and that does help a little!

Right time to put down the IPad and switch off the light. Time to sleep!

Sweet dreams!
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18. palmettobug53
9:33 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Holy cow, that was a mess!

I was checking the NWS and the radars at work, between peeping out the windows. Around 4:30, I wondered, "When is high tide?"

High tide was at 5:08. I had 30 minutes to get out of town before everything flooded to badly to move.

It had slacked off a bit but was coming down hard again by the time I got halfway to my truck. It literally poured so hard you couldn't see.

I crept home at between 20 and 30 mph. Water all over the roads. The ditches were all overflowing.

When I pulled in at the house, the entire front yard was under water.

It's just lightly raining now but we might get another half inch before it's all said and done. I've already got over an inch in the gauge.

I think I need to invest in some snorkling gear and fins.
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17. palmettobug53
8:20 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Well, criminy....

I'm clocked out but it is POURING out there. No way I'm trying to get to my truck in the parking lot across the street until this slacks off some.

OGal, it's a BIG gift. These things aren't cheap, by any means. I'm lucky that I have insurance but I'll still have some out of pocket expenses. All the preop visit bills, the doctor, the hospital bill, the anesthesiologist and all the post op and therapy visit bills. They'll get paid but they're not going to be paid all at once!

Pros, I'm not brave, at all. I've simply got my back against a wall and this is the way out.

Mike, I'm sure, at first, I'm going to wish I had my silence back! It will be overwhelming. I remember all the 'noise' when I got my pair of aids in my 30's. I just had to keep wearing them every day until all the noise settled down and I got used to it.

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16. clearlakemike
6:36 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Bug, I hope that implant works!! That must be hard not to hear. I can't imagine it. We all have our own crosses to bear, I guess. I hope the advance in medical technology lightens the load on you! I don't pray often but I just sent a message out into the universe requesting that you be able to listen to La Pearl's "Summertime" and much, much more to come...
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