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Last lap!

16 June 2017

I had a counselling session. The lady who came to see me was someone I knew from way back in the 1980’s when I first lost my hearing.  She Helped me to learn to recognise what I was hearing then and she will be doing this again when I have had my implant.

No time to be pessimistic!!

14 June 2017

I had another appointment with my consultant surgeon.  He tested my balance.  Some of the tests were weird.  First I had to stand still, close my eyes and put my hands together as though in prayer.  I had to stay like that for about 2 minutes.  I could feel myself swaying sometimes.  Next I had to walk in pigeon toes towards the consultant.   I haven’t done this since I was a child at school.  we used to pick our teams using this.   I couldn’t do it with my shoes on so tried without shoes.   Not too bad!!

With not a little apprehension I went for my speech assessment with an audiologist

12 June 2017

With not a little apprehension I went for my speech assessment with an audiologist who was like no one I had ever met before!  She was very patient and kind but also very professional and knowledgeable.  I had my hearing test which was different to those I normally have. I had to  press the control button when I heard a sound and keep pressing it until the sound stopped. 

Told my lipreading group about the MRI scan and again received tremendous support.

06 June 2017

Told my lipreading group about the MRI scan and again received tremendous support.   My friend wondered if I would like to meet with her and her language tutor so that I knew what to expect if I am able to have the implant.  We agreed to make a date.

I attended hospital for my MRI scan.

05 June 2017

I attended hospital for my MRI scan.  The MRI enables the consultant to see what is happening in your inner ears. If you have anything metal it must be removed and then you answer a battery of questions to make sure you are able to go ahead with the scan. It is a strange experience but not unpleasant.  I had to lie with my head inside a big tunnel.   There was a window a bit like a kaleidoscope so I could still see the nurse when she was there and there was a picture of a beautiful clear sky to focus on. I wore ear plugs and headphones to protect my ears from the noise.  The procedure took 10 mins.  Throughout this time I was conscious of a pulsating noise very faintly present and also occasionally a whooshing. In the absence of any other noise my tinnitus became very loud!   The procedure completed, I was on my way home.

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