I want to clarify some issues that could arise about my last two posts. If you aren't familiar with CI's you could misunderstand.
First, Miss Kat WANTED her second CI. She has been begging for it for almost a year. She has been excited and looking forward to it for a long time.
Second, when a person is newly implanted it sounds weird. As your brain adjusts, the sound gets better. The first time Miss Kat put her new implant on all she could hear was beeping. She found it frustrating because she is used to a better quality signal, her OLD implant. Just in the last 5 days she has improved from hearing only beeps to being able to recognize a few simple words. She is frustrated because she wants to hear well, right now, and she is disappointed.
Third, everything seems loud to her right now. Objectively, it isn't. Her MAP is set waaaaaayyyyy lower on her new side vs the old side, but because that nerve hasn't had good stimulation for some time, it feels loud to her. The longer she uses the implant, the better the nerve and her brain will be at interpreting the signal, the more normal things will loud.
Last, pain....she isn't in pain. The shock of putting her CI on first thing in the morning isn't painful exactly...I have heard CI users compare it to walking from a dark room into florescent lights. It is shocking, and uncomfortable, but only lasts a minute. When she was first activated with the old CI, she was uncomfortable first thing in the morning as well, but it went away within a week or so. We expect that will happen again this time.
Once her CI is on, she wears it just fine. She doesn't take it off, and it doesn't bother her (except when she wear it alone, but that is because she can't understand speech with it yet, and she finds that annoying.)
Miss Kat needs to wear her CI to get it to work. The more she wears it, the better it will become, and the more she will like it. It doesn't happen overnight. It took nearly 2 years for her to get to the place she is with her first CI, and it will take that long this time as well.
I understand that not all of the readers of my blog are familiar with these aspects of cochlear implants, so I thought I would explain things so they would be clearer. I thought it was important to be honest, so that other families would know that things aren't always perfect, but that even in the dark moments, things will get better. If you have a question, ask it in the comments and I will make sure to answer.