Category Archives: Cochlear implant

Connected: How a Cochlear Implant Made Me More Deaf

  I’ve finally published a book. It’s a shortish ebook about my experience of getting a cochlear implant, parts of which I’ve written about in the past for this blog. It’s been some five years in the works, although I left my first draft to gather dust for a while before revisiting it and re-writing […]
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Q&A for possible cochlear implantees

A few months ago, a friend with a cochlear implant recently asked me to engage in some email correspondence with a chap with a roughly similar hearing background to me who was being assessed (and possibly still is, at the time of writing) by the Beaumont CI programme for a possible implant. He had quite […]
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What are the scores, George Dawes?

I did the standard CI speech recognition test this morning, which is used to measure progress in understanding speech in CI recipients. Here are my scores, along with the previous ones from 6 months and before. Pre-op: 14.3% One week post-op: CI and Hearing aid: 6%; CI only 0% 3 months post op: CI and […]
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Irish Times article: music to my ears

I wrote an article for the Irish Times Insight supplement, which appeared last week, based on a chat with Richard Reed, a musician with a cochlear implant, who I first talked about here. Here’s the PDF First page of article Second page of article
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Tinny radio rocks!

It’s been just over four months since I was activated, so time for an update. I knew that my soundscape would change as soon as I got the implant, but even after four months, it’s still changing. If you’ve read previous blog entries, you’ll remember that I struggled to settle into a program that I […]
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Mapping a path to a hearing sun

I went for my third mapping on Thursday 1st Dec, a week ago. First, a warning: what you are about to read is quite long and technical, and therefore probably quite dull and uninteresting if you’re not a CI user yourself, or at least profoundly interested in the audiological science surrounding it. Jacki, my audiologist, […]
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Hanging on the telephone

On Thursday I’ll be going for my second mapping session, so now seems a good time to report on progress. I had the volume turned up near to its max for the last few weeks in the assumption that I would need more volume as time goes on. But in my case, the volume seems […]
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Richard Reed, a musician with a cochlear implant

I attended a music workshop for CI implantees yesterday at Beaumont Hospital given by a chap called Richard Reed. Reed, from the USA, is a professional musician who lost his hearing several years ago and subsequently got a cochlear implant, although not until about ten years later. Since then, he has embarked on his own […]
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Pondering a book, but still seeking a stable map

Three weeks since my last post. I need to go to blogging confession again. It’s not as if there isn’t plenty to say. In fact, I am thinking of writing a proper book about all this between now and next year, and have actually spent much of this morning thinking about a tentative outline and […]
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A steeper mountain to climb

Bless me father, for it’s a full week since I last posted. It’s been two weeks since my switch-on and while all is fine, I’m realising I have a bit more of a mountain to climb than I thought in terms of reaching the optimum benefit from this CI. Of course, what everyone has been repeating […]
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