Archive for November, 2009

Headache

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 by bahadude

At school on Thursday, the BP100 started to give me a little bit of a headache… I’m not exactly sure why, but I guess that the sounds were a little loud. I took a break for an hour or so, and then tried it again, and it was better. Sometimes I will put the hearing aid on, and while I am putting that little bit of pressure on it, I got sort of a dull pain, almost like a headache, but only for about one second, and then it was gone. I’m not really sure why it does that, but it might just be because that side is not used to having a hearing aid on it all of the time.

This weekend I had a fiddle concert, but I couldn’t wear the BP100, because once again, I get feedback every time I stop playing.

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Questions, and tonight’s rehearsal

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2009 by bahadude

Some questions came up after my last post. Do I feel more tired at the end of the day if I am concentrating on listening with my new (right) side? The answer is yes, I do feel a little more “worn” than usual… nothing major, but it does get a little tiring after a while. I find that if it starts to bother me at all, or if I want a break, then I just turn the hearing aid off for a little while, and then try again. Am I concertrating on what I’m hearing on my right side for practice? Not really most of the time, however I am purposely not repositioning myself as I would normally, because I’m trying to get used to not having to reposition myself. Over time, I think that I will stop repositioning myself, as I will no longer have to, and I won’t have to concentrate so hard on hearing on that side.

Also today I had another fiddle rehearsal, and I tried keeping my BP100 turned on, but at lower volume than normal. I still got the feedback, but since it was quieter, I could still hear fine over top of it. While I was playing, I found that I could hear everyone else a bit better than usual, because usually my compact is right next to my fiddle, so that my fiddle (for me) more or less drowns out everyone else’s. I noticed that I could hear everyone else even better if the volume on the BP100 was turned up more, but then again, I get louder feedback.

BP100 at school

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 by bahadude

Today I wore the BP100 to school. I found that all of the sounds seemed louder than normal… although that was probably because I was wearing two hearing aids instead of one. I also noticed that the announcements, and the stove timer both caused feedback, just like my fiddle. This could be because I had the volume too high, but it was at the preset level, so I’m not sure.
I noticed that when somebody is talking to me on my right side, I find that I have to concentrate to distinguish what they are saying, especially when there is background noise. I think that this is just because I’m not used to hearing on that side. Normally when someone talks to me on my right side I automatically move over to the other side of the person, or turn my head, so that my left side is facing them. Today I didn’t need to do that, but, like I said already, I still had to concentrate harder than normal.

BP100 with ensemble

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 by bahadude

Today I tried wearing my BP100 with my fiddle ensemble, and with similar results to yesterday.  After we stop playing, every time there is some feedback for a couple seconds, at least.  I didn’t notice any more popping, but that might just be because the ensemble drowns it out.  The sound wasn’t bad, though.

Hello everyone!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2009 by bahadude

Yesterday I got the BP100 BAHA.  Six years ago I got my first BAHA, a compact, and at the end of last year, I decided to go bilateral (to get one on both sides).  The surgery was successful, and, as I already said, I just received it yesterday.  When I first tried it on, it didn’t sound that much different from my compact.  After a little while, however, I realized that it was actually much “clearer.”  I didn’t find the sound “offensive” in any way, just a little bit different.  I wore it for the rest of the day, and it didn’t bother me.  Before getting the BP100, I had tried using my compact on my right side a few times (after the 3 month healing period), and so I think that that was why.  I also found that the BP100 actually did not turn down the loud sounds as much as the compact does.

Later in the day, I was at the airport, and I heard an announcement, and I decided to try to localize the sound.  I thought it was above me and to my left, and when I looked, it was exactly where I thought it was.  I also tried localizing today, and usually I was within about a metre or two of the source of sound (usually no more than 45 degrees off).  Sometimes I was exactly on, but other times I was a little ways off.  Some of the time I would think that I was exactly right, but when I looked, I was wrong.  Other times I would be unsure, but be pointing in exactly the right direction. 

Later in the day, I tried wearing the BP100 with my violin (I play the celtic fiddle in an ensemble), and was fairly dissapointed in the sound quality.  When I played with both hearing aids on, it sounded alright, but the BP100 sounded like it was popping a little, in a similar way to how it sound when static electricity pops.  Also, I got feedback as soon as I stopped.  When I played with only the BP100, it sounded a little tinny (although this may be just because I am not used to the BP100), and still got the popping and feedback when I finished.  However, I did not have the “music” mode, and I was only using the “normal” mode.  I’m not sure if this would have made the difference, or not.

Other than the music problems, I am quite happy with the BP100.