Friday, November 2, 2007

Mobile phone

Someone called me on my mobile yesterday, someone I don't know very well. I thought I struggled, he thought I did fine but I have a feeling that he was being nice :P
But later I rang a friend who I understood perfectly... but I was so taken aback by the greeting "Nikki!" instead of hello, hahaha. I need more practice with it, so much stuff completely throws me out!

Friday, October 26, 2007


I am SO pleased to recently discover I am learning song lyrics from just listening to the song, rather than my usual trick of having the lyrics up as it plays on media player!! WHOOOO, go CI!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mobile phones!

Short version:
I have a Next G phone! Now everyone can call me!! YAAAY FOR USING A MOBILE!
(oh yeah, i have video calling now too)

Long version:
Went to the shops... there are 3 phone shops right next to each other... for all the complaints you hear about Telstra, it was the only full shop.
I waited 45 minutes to be served, thats how busy they were!

So when I finally got served, I had to explain I have the CI so I needed a NextG phone and I'd like to test it out to see if it worked. The guy was very young so I expected a bit of attitude or confusion at the least but he seemed to know exactly what I meant and pulled out a handset for me, set it up and told me to go outside the shops where he called and spoke to me and asked about interference. I tried 2 phones but sticking with the Nokia (mmm nokia).

And he was very helpful about plans because I explained I had no idea what my call usage was going to be, not using voice calls before and asked if it would be a problem to change... so he's got me some sort of deal where I can interchange plans with no problems if my call usage is high!

What a great helpful guy, I might write a letter :P

So I have called Mum, Garth (who said "is that it? thats why you've called, to say you can hear on the phone?") and Dane! YAAAY. I have to try and speak normally and not yell into it, haha

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Behind my back

The other day, Dane was giving me crap and said something behind my back. He actually acted surprised when I turned around and hit him, he even said "Oh thats right, she can hear now" HAHA.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


And now for a girly paragraph about my hair. The bit where they shaved it off for the CI has grown quite a lot and with the haircut, its now all the same length again. Only that one part is TWICE AS CURLY. I thought it was just the length of it making it curly but nooooo, its because it'd been shaved off. How on earth does that work? That means that part of my hair is going to be an absolute bugger to straigten for the rest of my life! ARGH!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Not so good in noisy places

Unfortunately, I still suck in noisy situations, as demonstrated at dinner on Tuesday night. It's like being back at square one, I have so much difficulty understanding anything.

Friday, May 11, 2007


I watched What About Brian last night (after last week where they found out one of the kids is deaf) and they ARE researching cochlear implants. This is going to annoy the hell out of me, I wanted to slap the character when he said "I've done research on the internet and deaf people are against it". They are against it because of their culture which isn't really applicable to someone in a hearing family.

Talking about CI's, I had someone totally random call me at work and I helped them. YAAAY!!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Even more phone!

I just rang my audiologist to make an appointment and I could tell the receptionist is new because she had no idea who I was (there are 2 receptionists and both know who I am) and I don't think she ever heard of a CI before, rofl. So it was really funny trying to explain what I need her to tell my audiologist ;)

I rang a restaurant today to get a menu faxed to me for a work lunch tmw :) Awesome

When I was at mums the other day I answered the phone thinking it was Garth coz I told him to call me and it was someone else ringing for mum, oooops. But I managed and the person rang mum again later and she thought I did great on the phone. I'm glad she thought so because the only thing I didn't catch out of the whole conversation was her name, lol

Thursday, March 8, 2007

More phone!

I love the phone now! I seem to be making a habit of updating everytime I use the phone succesfully, lol.
Todays phone story: Nikki emailed Garth to ring somewhere and book a table for her. Garth takes a long time to email back. Nikki gets impatient and calls Garth on his mobile. Garth is too busy to make phone calls for Nikki but expresses surprise at how well she can follow the conversation while he's on the mobile. Nikki likes mobiles because people talk DIRECTLY into the mouthpiece.
Anyway, Nikki tries to call Mum to get her to call for a table reservation but Mum isn't home. Doh. So Nikki calls herself! And she did really well, she got all the information she wanted. Nikki rocks :P
(The WHOLE POINT of me getting the CI was so I could use the phone again! God, I am so happy about it, I managed to do well enough to USE THE PHONE. That is the ultimate CI success, IMHO).

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Switch on anniversary

It has now been over a year since I've been switched on!

I can't put into words what a fantastic decision it was to get a CI. I'm starting to take noises for granted now but every now and then there will be something that will remind me.

I hope I never ever take understanding speech without lip-reading for granted. Just the past couple of weeks I have called people for appointments, etc, something that I would never have done a year ago. And going to normal movies, something I always avoided... and watching TV without subtitles without needing someone to repeat what was said every 5 minutes!!

One of the best parts is having confidence in knowing I've heard something correctly, without a lot of guesswork involved. I LOVE that.

Plans for the other ear??... bring on re-growing cochlear hairs!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

1 year anniversary

Today it has been exactly 1 year since I got a hole drilled in my head and then spent the longest week of my life in hospital staring at white walls willing them to stop spinning. Actually, the dizziness didn't hit me until the next day and thats when I became a total wreck :P This day last year, I looked like a Simpson character because they drowned me in Betadine :P

**EDIT And dad just called me here at work and the first thing he said was "A year ago you wouldn't have been able to do this!" haha

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I just had a work-related phone call! OMG, I understood what they said and helped them and everything!! And she had an ACCENT!!!!!


*dance of joy*

Friday, January 12, 2007

CI adjustment

My CI was adjusted this morning and my beautiful "s" sounds have a buzz quality to them. Sigh.