It is always exciting to look forward for the switch on of the cochlear. But the journey differs for people. let's get on with the journey from my perspective.
Activation went smoothly. But there are some things I need to highlight before we get on with the process of the activation.
Note: The cochlear implant and the processor provided for free by the government. That’s another long process. I had to wait for almost one year to get the confirmation that my processor and the implants had arrived. If you want to know the process. Let me know so I can make a separate post for it. My cochlear kit came with the processor, battery charger, and dry breezer along with some small replaceable parts.
Some people react to it quickly while others take a maximum of 3 days to a week for the brain to react to the sounds.
Before the activation, they explained to us how we should take care of our processor and when to replace the small parts. There was a ton of paperwork done. They explained how people react differently to the processor the moment it switches on. Some people react to it quickly while others take a maximum of 3 days to a week for the brain to react to the sounds.
From my perspective, from the moment of the switch on, I could feel the electrical stimulation. They said it might take 10 minutes for it to activate and measure all my levels (response level, volume control). They advised us they would set the volume at the lowest level possible to prevent any problems and for my brain to adjust to the electrical stimulation.
On the second day of wearing it; I had gotten used to electrical stimulation. But now I feel that the electrical stimulation is coming whenever there is a sound made. For example, if I tap the table thrice, I feel the electrical stimulation three times. But now my brain has got to transfer them into sounds.
They explained that my processor has 4 levels of programs. Each of them is louder than the previous one. So after every two days, I have press a button to change the volume.