But it's weird.
And certainly not as dramatic as the GIF I added, but surprisingly there's not a lot of good GIFs for "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Where was I?
Yes weird, and that is how I would describe my first few days with hearing in both ears.
I'm hopeful it's just a few weeks before I'm fully acclimated to full-time hearing, but having single-sided deafness for more than 40 years isn't something you just move on from overnight.
I have spent my entire life compensating for hearing loss with little tricks and now I don't have to, which is also weird.
For example, I always make sure I position myself to be on right side of someone to be able to hear them and now it doesn't matter which side I am on, which is cool and not weird.
I think I have met my quota for using the word weird today.
The device is supposed to be black, but they had to re-order it and I'm just using a demo mode until mine gets shipped back to me.
A few firsts for me with the BAHA:
- The first thing I noticed when I had hearing was my footsteps. I left the doctor's office and walked down a concrete stairwell and heard my feet. The noise has always been there, but now I can hear it.
- I enjoyed hearing "I love you" for the first time in that ear from the lovely and amazing Mrs. Shife. She's the best.
- The first song I played was "Remember When" by Alan Jackson. Why? Well that was my wedding song, and I still liked it. I always wondered if my tastes would change with normal hearing like I start liking jazz instead of Metallica or I finally get Woody Allen humor. Nothing yet. Just soaking it all in and enjoying it.
BTW, Tank is super loud. For the love of fat bassets, our fat basset can make some noise.
Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you later.
I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.
P.S. I promise to deliver some Kyle news next week, Mr. Rosewater.