I thought it might be interesting to post my audiograms from my first one in 1994 at the age of 40 until before my CI. I have only posted one ear, the right but my hearing has been fairly symmetrical. And we all know that the secret of true beauty lies in symmetry.
Here is an audiogram chart that shows the different stages of hearing loss. With a little bit of cross referencing you can see that I had a mild to severe hearing loss when I was first prescribed with hearing aids. The aids I was given were clunky analogue aids that did not give the clarity that current digital aids do. I didn’t get digital aids until 2002.
I had had a hearing loss for some years, I knew I had some loss but had not realised just how bad it was. It’s only now that I can hear things with the CI that I realise just how bad my hearing has become. I’m going to give myself a pat on the back for coping, for achievements, for being me. Like many people with hearing loss I’ve had a shit time at times. The effects on our lives and psyche are profound. I think I’m allowed some grumpy, upset moments, I think they should be understandable.
Yesterday somebody asked me if you had to be very deaf to be able to get a CI. Maybe she just hadn’t noticed…..