It all depends on where you start from doesn’t it? I have been blogging about how much I can hear since my implant but that is compared to what I used to hear. I don’t want this to be a negative post about the success of my implant at all but I do think that I should put things into perspective. What I think is good hearing may not be what a hearing person would think of as good. Perhaps by saying that I can hear well I have influenced peoples perception and that they take it at face value and why wouldn’t they after all? On the other hand nobody wants to hear a moaning Minnie who has a caveat with every “very well thank you”
To try and demonstrate where my hearing is now I have done a few online hearing tests with my normal bimodal hearing apparatus – that is an implant in my right ear and hearing aid in my left ear. Both had my normal settings. On every test I was told that I had a hearing loss.
These are the ones I used. Try them yourselves, especially those of you who have never had a hearing test.
This last one has a graphic display that is similar in appearance to what is seen at the mapping sesssions. Amy plays the different tones back to me and then I tell her when I perceive them to be the same volume. This is quite subjective and difficult to assess. Of course I haven’t heard the high frequencies for so long that those sounds are hard to tolerate so they may be below the same volume level. Sometimes when the high pitches are too loud I get a sensation in my jaw, this is due to the proximity of the auditory nerve and the facial nerve and sometimes they can get their wires crossed.
I did the test again with my laptop volume the same but with the indicator showing the lowest volume that I can hear each frequency at. Allowing for the wild differences in testing equipment, ie online test on a notebook at home vs professional test in a lab setting I can see that my hearing has changed since my last map and that my January I will most definitely ready for a new one. At my last mapping all the frequencies were very close to the same level.
Try them out when you have time. I would be interested to hear your results