All week I’ve been thinking about how to describe what a Cochlear Implant Sounds like through a painting, but I’ve found it incredibly hard. The sound at first seemed like an alien was talking through a translator, crisp yet fuzzy, a strange synthetic sound with some words breaking through. The strangeness persisted but then became more comprehensible. In my illustration above you see the little person standing outside the bubbles, that’s because I could hear myself twice. Simultaneously through the implant and my other ear, with a slight delay, so it sounds like an echo. The larger figure in the circle is because of the feeling of being in a tunnel. Then the colors are mostly primary because the sound felt raw. The circles should perhaps be squares but I went back and forth on that and in the end decided it was more of a round sound.
Yesterday the audiologist adjusted the sound and it is more natural, or I perceive it to be more natural. Because now I’m not so sure what normal/natural is? I also started using this little round disk that attaches directly to the implant with no ear piece, a Rondo it’s called. I was very graceful with it and after about five minutes managed to knock it off into the bathroom sink at the clinic (water running), much to my horror. I dried it out though, put a stronger magnet in it and it seems fine, now.