Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lots of New Sounds 4 1/2 months After Activation

Fourteen year old Amanda heard chihuahua, Goldy walking through dry leaves and "we" (meaning "I") decided it would be fun to sweep them up.  She did a good job, enjoyed herself and didn't stop until they were all swept up.  (Then she marched in and asked her dad for money--which he did NOT give her.  We think she was kidding.)

Amanda helped her brother, Joseph connect earphones to his iPhone.  Sometimes she uses the earphones to listen to herself play the piano keyboard or her iPod or the TV.

Gonzálo, Jennifer and Goldy are very pleased with Amanda's progress!

Daddy's girl all the way!


This was an incredible New Years Day for Amanda!  Last year - January 1, 2008, Amanda heard one thing.  Absolutely nothing.

This New Years Day, 4 1/2 months after her cochlear implant activation, we sat outside our home in sunny Southern California for about an hour and we listened.

Vehicles passing by
Dogs barking
Goldy's dog tags jingling
Jennifer sniffing and blowing her nose (FIRST TIME)
Jennifer coughing (FIRST TIME)
Herself sniffing (FIRST TIME)
Herself calling Goldy (a little bit) (FIRST TIME)
Airplanes (a little bit) (FIRST TIME)
Jennifer sighing (FIRST TIME)
Pen dropping  (FIRST TIME)
Ice Cream Truck (FIRST TIME)
Birds tweeting (FIRST TIME) and Amanda tweeted back
Leaves Crunching (FIRST TIME)
Camera Shutter (FIRST TIME)
Our slippers shuffling on the sidewalk (FIRST TIME)
Jennifer singing, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" 
Her dad, Gonzálo whistling (a little bit) (FIRST TIME)
Gonzálo snapping his fingers
Everyone crunching Sun Chips except herself  (Same thing happened with popcorn last month)
Each of us calling her name

Other recent new sounds for Amanda have included awareness of the sounds that bodily functions make.  Enough said.

Today she was watching Tom and Jerry and could hear the slurping, crashing, zinging, hitting, plunking, screeching, zooming, clicking, buzzing, yelping, smooshing, and all the other sounds effects involved when a TV cartoon cat and mouse get into it.

2009 is going to be a FANTASTIC year!


Charlotte said...

Excellent!! yeah it had been 4 and a bit months for me too and it had been awesome for both of us but special pat on Amanda despite her problems she didn't give up.

I now recongise who's walking behind me by their footsteps, I was astounded when I hear Helen, my collegue walking behind towards to me while i was busy doing something, I thought "that's Helen!" then looked and I was right abelit bit shocked!

Charlotte xx

Laura's medical journey said...

aw wow! :D Bet shes loving all the sounds! hehe xx
i agree 2009 is gonna be brilliant!!!!!!! xx

Janet said...

Yay for Amanda! She's doing great and that is quite a long list of sounds she is hearing. I agree 2009 is going to be a wonderful, exciting year!

suddensilence said...

What a GREAT start to the new year! I am so, so happy that Amanada's hearing so many new sounds. So exciting! :)

~ Wendi

Anonymous said...

wow! Happy 2009 is starting!!

I believe that She hears without fuzzy sound now, more clear! You noticed that she can hear cartoon on TV. If is me. I cannot understand what the characters talk about. However, the movie of cartoon is more interesting and hear much better for me, as the sound effect is very clear and amazing!!

Sound is always muffled for me over ten years. I mean the people talking.

Perhaps her CI is new and more better than mine. Hong Kong is too noisy environment. I am still working in noisy environment too as my company has lots of machines! One of machines is behind me....hear noisy sound everyday. Cannot hear my name if someone called me.

Of course, I was bored in profound deaf, is over 130db in both ears!

Anyway, really thank you for sharing! Keep to continue! Because Hong Kong life is different from yours(all).

I also love everyone's blog which is sharing your CI life. very very touching :)

I don't know if someone support me to write my blog or sharing with u about HK, but still be worried that u don't understand what I write about as my English is too poor :P

Have a good life on 2009 :)


Danielle said...


Dberge said...

What an awesome!!! progress :) keep up the great work and keep listening! =D
I'm slowly progressing myself, voices are still very hard for me, but i am now listening to old music i used to know and following along with it :)

As for all the environmental sounds....some sure can be annoying huh? =P

Shari said...

WONDERFUL!! You know, this is what it must be like with babies when they hear and recognize sounds for the first time, only Amanda can tell you what it is right away.

That's so exciting!! :) You go, Amanda!! May 2009 be "hearfully" wonderful for you.