Let’s Get Busy…

Haven't said much about my state(s) of mind, so I'll do some quick summaries of random thoughts bouncing around... a. I'm over worked. I love my job... but I'm over worked. b. I'm over extended... on everything. I eat too much. I spend too much. I work too much... and I don't work out enough, and I don't save enough and I don't spend enough time on me. c. I say that even after spending a week in Las Vegas... I'm really happy to have won the RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference…Read more …

Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is being played this weekend, and it's a huge event as normal. For me, I'm rooting for the Seahawks. For one reason: Derrick Coleman. He has a commercial for Duracell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2HD57z4F8E) that may be one of the best commercials ever made (but does it really sell Duracell? No.) In any case, it has had me thinking about how I approached my deafness, and how it was handled when I was a kid... and I am absolutely in awe of this young man's story. My story just isn't anywhere as good...…Read more …

Odd Sounds…

Last Monday, I woke up... everything was pretty normal. I took a shower, got dressed, and grabbed my Cochlear implant... I walked down the hallway, got the battery, plugged it in, turned it on... attached it to my head... and then I heard this HUGE MASSIVE TREMENDOUS ROARING sound that almost floored me. I thought I was in the midst of a nuclear explosion, or a helicopter was hovering over my house. My eyes bugged out as I looked around trying to ascertain the source of this HUGE sound... then I realized... that's…Read more …

Continuing odyssey of sensory warp

Before I was implanted with a Cochlear, for me, I asked myself a simple question: Am I ready to be deaf? Not just sorta deaf, but completely deaf? And I found myself just stating that it was "get busy hearing, or get busy being deaf". Not many people really drew a line there, because no one really understood what I could or could not hear. My parents always assumed i heard MUCH more than I did... close friends sometimes had the same issue. Then family would sometimes just talk to my mom and…Read more …

Cochlear Lessons

Music is still not working well for me. Some I can hear, but I'm mostly pissed because nothing sounds the way it did. Pink Floyd is mostly a muddle to me. MCB is just random noises. Primus is workable, but nothing like it was. Van Halen is just screeching. Chapstik, just sounds like brakes exploding repeatedly. It's weird. So as far as music goes, my memory is my enemy right now. I realized something... deep thoughts alert! The more I can engage in conversations, the more I realize there's a responsibility that goes…Read more …

Increasingly Perturbed

I am growing increasingly perturbed by the complete incapability of this world to communicate with a deaf person. Despite WRITTEN ORDERS to use email for contact, a company still tries to call. The written orders state: "THIS PERSON IS DEAF. CANNOT HEAR YOU ON A PHONE.". Apparently, that sentence is too vague and difficult to understand for persons in the medical industry. UN-BE-LIEVABLE. I may have to locate a better doctor. I just can't deal with the stress of a Doctor office and all affiliated groups being complete, total utter morons about the…Read more …

Captioning in Theaters

I was very surprised to find the local AMC Livonia has deployed a very nice closed captioning system for most of their screens. On Friday, we went to see The Hobbit, but the system was broke (so we saw The Hobbit for FREE!) Saturday, we went to see Lincoln, and the captioning did work for that screen. The technology is called Doremi Captiview (http://www.doremilabs.com/products/cinema-products/captiview/) and it worked fairly well. It had some signal issues, but otherwise, I was able tof ollow a very wordy movie that would have been useless to me without.…Read more …

Facts of Deaf

I'm going to share a few simple facts of being deaf. I realize these are concepts so far beyond most people's every day lives, but they are facts... 1. A deaf person CANNOT. USE. A TELEPHONE. Providing a deaf person with a phone number for ANY reason defies all human logic. It is, in a word, stupid. They should put that in the dictionary... "Stupid: see: giving a deaf person a telephone number for anything." Do not assume that because said deaf person has hearing aids, or a Cochlear implant, that they can…Read more …

The Cyborg Cometh…

Guess I haven't written anything in awhile. I think I wanted to just have some great big, awesome thing to say... and the closest I can come to that is: I can hear. Yep. The Processor for the Cochlear WORKED. I can hear. And good lord, what the hell am I hearing? This is a really loud world you folks have here... how the heck haven't you all lost your minds already? I'm hearing stuff that makes no real sense to me.. and realizing how much of the world of sound I missed...…Read more …

Side Effects

I think I'm experiencing emotional side effects of everything that has happened these last few months. I found myself very angry, snippy, and probably way too rough for no real reason today. I took it out on someone else, alas. It's too late to subtract the words. I think the question I forgot is this: Did you do it for a good? Were your goals good? I think they were. So tomorrow, I have a meeting, and I'll apologize for being a snippy, grumpster...I hate losing control. I have all these excuses to…Read more …