At work today, I tried out one of the accessories that comes with the cochlear implant – the personal audio cable.
You plug it into your laptop, ipod, computer, or TV – anything with headphone jack basically – and the sound goes direct into your cochlear implant.
I wanted to try and see if I could hear the videos that I work with at work – I upload lots, because I am an Online Content Manager – and usually I get someone else to listen to them if the content is important.
Well, today … I plugged in the cable, switched it on, and pressed play.
And I could hear it.
I could hear AND understand almost every word that was said. And the amazing thing was, I was only using the implanted ear, not my other ear with the hearing aid.
I was listening with only one ear, and for the first time in a long time, I was understanding a video without captions.
I had a little cry over my keyboard at my desk. This is the first time the cochlear implant has actually moved me to tears.
For me, the cochlear implant is … just so good … such an improvement on my old hearing … and that makes me feel a bizarre mix of sad and happy. Happy because of what has opened up for me … and sad for my previous self that struggled for so long, and resigned herself to being left out of certain things.
So, I just had a good cry while I listened to our CEO discuss financial figures for the year and how important insurance is for small businesses in the face of climate change.
Who would’ve thought such a boring topic could elicit such a response.