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08 March 2005 @ 11:43 pm
This new model's got surround-sound ...  
Three months shy of three years since my last reconstructive surgery on my left ear, and I have finally obtained my hearing aid. It is an out of the ear model from Unitron, chosen for cost, feature effectiveness, and color. (I have to admit I was also slightly paranoid about an in the ear model getting stuck in there somehow.)

The smaller hearing aids become, the more pricey they are ... not only are you paying for the tiny technology, but you're also paying more for your power supply ... smaller batteries, logically, have less juice in them, so you have to purchase them more often. For mine, each battery should last approximately two weeks, if I am good about turning it off at night.

My hearing aid has two modes (one for normal conversation and one for using the telephone) and four volume settings. The smaller hearing aids have options like background noise reduction, but to my understanding, those things perform best if you are deaf in both ears and have two hearing aids working together. No plastic construction can equal the trained hearing of my right ear. So, why pay for features that will not effectively increase the quality of my hearing?

The out of the ear model also enabled me to choose the color. Both the earpiece and the hearing aid itself are bright purple (my favorite), but because of my hair, it is surprisingly hard to see unless you are looking at me from the side or slightly from the back.

It is hard to describe how this changes daily life, and I've only spent one evening with it. All I have been able to say is that it is different ... the crinkling of a plastic bag is something so very familiar, yet the sound is somehow new at the same time. I held a phone to my left ear for the first time since I was a child, and I didn't need to switch it to my right in order to discern what was said. I heard Time & Temperature tell me that it was 27 degrees.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Auturgist: missiles!!auturgist on March 9th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
It would be awesome if your hearing aid was from Unicron instead of Unitron. Then it could command you with a voice like Orson Welles to destroy the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, saying things like, "You belong to me!" while flashing agonizing red lights around you whenever you disobey!

Hmmm... on second thought, maybe that's not so cool. Well, not for YOU anyway. It would be neat to see for everyone else though, I think. ^_^;;
Liz: Ulalaladyaltara on March 9th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea that you had ear surgery! I remember reading about you having surgery, just didn't know what it was for!
I'm partially deaf in both ears, and the doctor said that it's permanent nerve damage (don't know what caused it), surgery can't help, medicine can't help, and hearing aids would only partially help. Basically, I'm screwed, lol. I have trouble hearing speaking, and a hearing aid would just make everything louder.
But I'm glad that this is working for you! ^_^
One Who Wanders: contemplativeabiona on March 10th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
I was very lucky in that the problem seems to rest in the bones ... the nerve was in good shape. Thanks ... I am glad it is working too. XD;
Fish: musickayay on March 9th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Now you should go to a symphonic performance or something!
Jonathanthorondae on March 10th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
Come on AIM sometime or something.
I miss you. Lots.
Silvermasksilvermask on March 10th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, ditto on what Dae said. Dood. XD

Do you still play FFXI? What server were you on again? I'm thinking of coming back but I fear I may have to choose between servers and people. D: (Since my old characters are gone anyway).
One Who Wanders: zombieabiona on March 10th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
D00d. I haven't been in much a mood for AIM these past months, haha ... I have been thinking that I need to get back to it sooner or later, though. XD;;

I play on Fairy. It'd be funny if you came back to play with me ... we do this with our MMORPGs constantly, don't we? I want Menkie to come. ;_;
Silvermasksilvermask on March 10th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Well I had been thinking fondly about it before, but yeah, it's pretty much your fault and Shoten's fault.

Alas, he is on Fenrir. XD And I know someone on Midgarsomar and Pandemonium (although I don't care as much about playing with them as I do with you two XD).

Only 2300 more files to go. Joy!
One Who Wanders: all smilesabiona on March 10th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
Dammit, both of ye need to come to Fairy. FAIRY. ::shakes her fist at the sky::
Silvermasksilvermask on March 10th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
No no, you need to come to Fenrir with us! XD

Just 282 more files. :O

What's your PlayOnline infostuff? I looked, but I didn't find any Linelikes or Abionas and all the Sakakis seemed to be Not You. (Unless you moved to Japan and got a sex change and just didn't feel the need to mention it. : P)
One Who Wanders: dweebabiona on March 10th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
I cannot leave Fairy, dammit, my Bastok fame is getting higher and I have every extra job except for PLD and DRG unlocked!

Uh ... my handle thingie is Sakaki. My icon is Agrias from FFT, if that helps? /laugh
Silvermasksilvermask on March 11th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh right, I'd forgotten how far along you were. XD I guess that's a problem then.

I still couldn't find you for some reason. Wonder why o.o

I want a Chocoboooooo. Alas, that requires 11 more levels and a quest. XD
Justin/Traize/Rumor/Twiggyrumor0ne on March 10th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things are good with you. But yeah, GET ON AIM D: You even missed my b-day. ;-;
Emily: goddessetoileeyes on March 10th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new ear peice. Purple sounds like you. It must be amazing to be hearing things from both sides of your head now. It must be like having your ear plugged with water for so many years and then all of sudden the water rolls out allowing you to hear again. Very cool hun!