I can hear you!
Last Friday I paid a return visit to Kate – the Audiologist. She had got my PCAs and I realised I had misunderstood where they would actually be on my person. The small triangle goes behind the top of my ear and the tiny plastic bob on the end - inside. It is better to have one either side and apart from a tiny bleep as you attach them they make no sound apart from another tiny bleep when the battery is low. The batteries last 70 hours so one changes them once a week and it is preferable to change both at once.
Kate attached me to a screen and adjusted everything. One starts on a low level so that the brain has time to adjust to the extra sound. Next week I shall have them re-adjusted to a different level. In fact once I start wearing them in the morning I forget they are there and one can’t see if I am wearing them or not.
You mustn’t wear them in the shower or at the hairdressers and it is best to do whatever you are doing with them over a bed or sofa to avoid accidents and of course they should be kept well away from toddlers and puppies who apparently love to chew them.
Kate and MTL chattered away at different levels and I could hear perfectly well. I am really doing this for the future as most of the time I hear normal speech. But now I feel in a much better position and it is a great relief. Maybe before I get completely ga- ga they will have invented one for the brain. I was given a very smart protective bag containing a small triangular bed for them and I small triangular purse to slip them into at the hairdressers for instance. There is also a cleaning cloth, spare batteries; spare little plastic ends and care instructions.