I think over all, it is difficult to tell if having a cochlear implant is better than not having one (in as far as hearing goes). However there are some interesting things I’ve noticed:
- My car sounds like it’s falling apart. Seriously, I hear all the parts rattling around. I had no idea cars made that much noise. Being in New Orleans does not help because there are so many potholes.
- The TV is so loud. My husband has a hearing loss. When he watches it, he turns the volume up to the 50s area. When I wear my implant that is ridiculously loud. I turn it all the way down to the 20s or even teens. Holy cow. I tease him by asking “are you deaf or something?”
- My radio is significantly quieter too. I love listening to talk radio and could understand most of it with just my hearing aid. However, I had the volume on max. Now I turn the volume down to quiiiiieett. I’m sure the people outside of my car appreciate that. I can’t quite understand the words though, but I’m getting there.