Posts Tagged ‘Cochlear implant’

I saw a painting today…

…were the words I read on a friend’s facebook status this morning. This was the painting, featured on Winship Creations’ facebook page. Click on the painting to read the comments. It appears to show a young child having a cochlear implant bolted onto their head with a hand drill, and without any anaesthetic. It’s deliberately

Billy 2.0 – Getting my new audiogram

The above is an audiogram. Most deaf people have seen one of these before, but if you’re like me, you won’t have bothered to find out what they mean, other than ‘You are deaf. You are very, very, very deaf.’ From left to right, the audiogram is arranged like the keys on a piano, with

Billy 2.0 – Two steps forward, one step back

I’ve been switched on for a month now. It’s been a really steep learning curve, and after two tuning sessions I’m starting to feel like I’m getting close to the potential of the technology itself. I can hear all sorts of stuff now, that I won’t bore you with. Hearing stuff is easy now. Identifying

Billy 2.0 – The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Kaspar Hauser was a mysterious teenage boy who appeared in the streets of Nuremberg in 1828, with limited vocabulary and understanding of the world. He claimed that he’d been imprisoned in a cellar most of his life with nothing but a wooden horse to play with. History has revealed he was probably a fantasist, but

Billy 2.0 – Coming up on an E

I’ve been switched on for a couple of days now. After a great deal of reflection, I’ve realised that the only way to explain what I’ve been through is by using drug references. So be warned: this article contains references to consumption of illegal drugs and their effects on the brain. It may also make

Billy 2.0 – One Week After the Operation

A week after my operation I went back to the hospital. They took the dressings off, did an X-ray and told me I was allowed to wash all the matted blood and dried gunk out of my hair at last. They’ve given me a list of dates from now until March when I’ll have to

Billy 2.0 – Failing Ugly

So, I’ve had the operation, and I feel pretty good, considering. I’m trying to stick to my policy of full disclosure as much as possible without dissembling or rationalising. Especially important in this post, as I’ll be talking about the operation I’ve just been through, and the side effects I’m now living with for the

Billy 2.0 – The Elephant in the Room

It’s time we talked about the elephant in the room. I believe there are people out there who don’t agree with my decision to have a cochlear implant. It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m having a bionic ear put in. The looks of mild disappointment, the tacit silences, noncommital

Billy 2.0 – If Apple made cochlear implants…

Watch the video above. Its an old film reel from 1928 of the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Circus. When an eagle eyed historian watched the film’s DVD extras, he spotted a woman walking along, talking into a handheld object near her mouth. There was only one possible explanation – she was a time