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4th-Feb-2005 03:51 pm
knitting sketch
Two breakthroughs today.

1. The hospital fitted the digital hearing aid. I'd decided to overcome the vanity of not admitting that there was a problem and asked for a referral to a consultant to judge how severe the hearing loss was. His diagnosis, late last year, was that there was mild-medium loss in both ears, caused by damage from a childhood illness and exacerbated by the number of times I've been on strong antibiotics for lengthy periods. I can now hear, for the first time in over 40 years, the sound of birdsong along a busy main road.

There is absolutely no background noise, no hissing or interference, and it took me less than an hour to get used to the sounds. After a while, I forgot I was wearing it. When the technician was adjusting it from her PC, she switched it off at one point so that I could hear the difference. With it off, I can still hear but it is as though the sounds are being filtered through layers of cotton wool.

What joy at being able to hear all those notes on Motzart's Queen of the Night, instead of knowing that my brain is supplying those high ones, remembering them from earlier times.

2. The bluetooth connection via the laptop to NetAway works. I had to phone Orange again this afternoon because I was getting the same error message as yesterday before I phoned to have the Sim Card data enabled. The operator I spoke to yesterday said allow 24 hours for it to take effect. Today's operator apologised profusely that it hadn't been enabled yesterday.

Now all that needs to be done is to purchase a data-enabled French Sim Card for use in France and we shall be really up and running. The most surprising thing about the connection today was that it was at 115.5Kbps - on a mobile. Surely this is a lot faster than the 54.5Kbps on NTL dial-up? Or am I misreading the thing entire
4th-Feb-2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
Excellent news - especially the first one. It must seem really strange, but it is good that you've got used to it so quickly.
4th-Feb-2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Apart from a little soreness (like I get from the IPod earphones, I don't notice that it's in any more. Although the leaflet warns against using all day straight away, because of this soreness problem, I haven't had to follow the technician's advice of getting used to the new way of hearing. It feels totally natural.

MWNN noticed the difference straight away, even though he didn't notice I was wearing it when I met him in the supermarket. He said I was no longer speaking loudly.

The TV doesn't need the same volume, either.

Wish I'd done this ages ago.
4th-Feb-2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yay for being able to hear.

I'm still trying to persuade my mum to get a hearing aid.
4th-Feb-2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
And I still haven't managed to persuade my mum that she needs one. The new ones are digital and I am lucky enough to live in an area where these are supplied as standard on the NHS (although it is not one of the discreet ones that sit in the ear, those are not supplied on the NHS.)

It's fabulous. I wish I hadn't waited so long, although it was the relatively recent decline that prompted me to visit the medic.
4th-Feb-2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! On both ?
4th-Feb-2005 04:30 pm (UTC)

I will be able to do my own cruising log.

But don't get too excited about this meaning that I can write the sequel and continue with it while in France. I think we're going to have to insist on 'no attachments' with emails because of the length of time of downloading.

But what about this speed of connection over the mobile? It seems a little too good to be true that it's faster than NTL dial-up speed.
4th-Feb-2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dial up is restricted because a modem can't go faster than 56kps. I'm not sure how the mobile works, but it won't be using the traditional modem.

But don't get too excited about this meaning that I can write the sequel and continue with it while in France. I think we're going to have to insist on 'no attachments' with emails because of the length of time of downloading.

A little chapter doesn't take much room. (Not without all the Twelve Days fancy bits). And you have a hot new d/l speed. You'll barely notice.
4th-Feb-2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
A little chapter doesn't take much room.

But the laptop won't just be collecting my mail. There's also MWNN's to consider. We both have two mail addresses that will need weekly deliveries if we're to keep them under control.

The improved speed does offer hope in the updating of the virus-checker files though. I thought we'd need connecting via a landline to do that. But, with the faster speed, even the mobile phone cost (local French number) shouldn't be too exorbitant.
4th-Feb-2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
I take it you get a lot of email then?
4th-Feb-2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
I don't get much that isn't LJ related, now that the book is published, but MWNN gets a fair bit. He's a Trustee of a charity and still has conections with the school that regularly mail him.
4th-Feb-2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the hearing aid. By the sound of it they're so much better then the kind of ones my dear old dad had. It must be so wonderful to hear sounds so much clearer now.
4th-Feb-2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sue.

I'm only sorry that the NHS doesn't seem able to offer you the same quick fix.

Btw, when you next feel in the mood for something creative, how about designing a new background for my LJ? I'd love something based on your cracked-mirror image - especially the stars around the Spike image. No rush - when you feel up for it.
4th-Feb-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yay for you - this is wonderful news.
4th-Feb-2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Both seem cause enough to crack open a bottle of something suitably bubbly, I thought.
4th-Feb-2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the improved hearing! That must be so cool...And hurray for the other thing as well. ;-)
4th-Feb-2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's amazing. I didn't even know that I was missing some sounds - like the birdsong. The first extra that I noticed was the click of the mouse as the technician adjusted the hearing aid to my exact requirements. It was eerie.

And I don't suppose it has anything to do with the improved hearing, but my brain suddenly got into gear about diagnosing the problem I was having connecting via the laptop.

Et voila - two problems solved simultaneously.
4th-Feb-2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
"asked for a referral to a consultant to judge how severe the hearing loss was. "

I need to do this. The vanity is gone. I'm more embarrassed now by constantly saying "excuse me?" and "could you repeat that?"

5th-Feb-2005 09:45 am (UTC)
You know that I'm exhausted feeling you have on waking up? It's gone. I'm sure not having to struggle to hear the world is partly what caused it.

Does your medical insurance cover everything? The NHS takes a lot of flack, but when it comes to the basics, they're brilliant. A digital aid, plus replacement batteries, is free. (OT - they saved my life when an ovarian cyst ruptured 12 years ago. MWNN asked if I could be put in a private room but was told that I wouldn't get the round-the-clock observation I was getting on the public ward.)

You can even get the earpiece and earmould in purty colours. Of course, the NHS doesn't tell you that until they've had thje clear earmould made and programmed the pink earpiece to your spec but c'est la vie.
5th-Feb-2005 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm really happy for you! Really, really cool!

5th-Feb-2005 09:47 am (UTC)
As MWNN keeps telling me, no one will know if I'm using a hands-free mobile phone or a hearing aid. I just wish I'd known about the pretty colours when they took the cast to make the earmould. I think I would have gone for the blue. ;)
5th-Feb-2005 09:29 pm (UTC) - Hearing aid
Delighted to hear that you can hear the birds again and that you are happy with the aid. I wish my "otherhalf" would get one.
5th-Feb-2005 10:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Hearing aid
Thanks N.

::Huggles you::
8th-Feb-2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Does this mean that when we talk about you behind your back that we will have to whisper now!!!!! - just joking - what fab news - you'll be able to hear my cooooeeeeee down the main street of PdeV!!! Gosh, what with my new pocketmail and your new bluetooth thingy, - not to mention all the dvds that you'll be bringing to watch - we will hardly have time to do any cruising - MWNN and L will have to make an appointment to see us!!!!!!!!!!
8th-Feb-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Does this mean that when we talk about you behind your back that we will have to whisper now

I'll be able to hear it before it's out of your mouth, so there will be no talking behind my back ever again. ;),/b>

The boys are just going to have to realise that their place is well behind checking the emails and watching Spike.

There's a hitch in the posting of entries to my LJ via the new system. Because it won't be routed from NTL but via NetAway, Live Journal's server refuses it access to the email gateway. I'll have to send it to irishnoodles like I did last year. But it will still be updated daily rather than weekly, hopefully.

Are you getting excited about the housemove yet? And when does the retirement party happen?
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