Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What to expect on Activation Day

Today I got an email from Amy, the audiologist who will be activating my implant tomorrow at 9. Here's what she said that we can expect.
For activation tomorrow, you can bring ANYONE you'd like. My room is only big enough for about 2 other adults, and your kids would probably get VERY bored, so just keep that in mind.   Also – I don't mind at all if you record, video, take pictures, etc., of your visit tomorrow.  It's your appointment, so you can do whatever you'd like.  The first 45 minutes will be not very eventful. I will put your processor on your head, make sure the magnet and headpiece stay in place, check the function of the internal implant, etc.  Then we'll spend about 20-30 minutes having you listen to EXTREMELY soft beeps at different pitches.  This will help me set the very softest level for your first set of programs.  Then we'll turn on the sound, adjust it until it's comfortable…all while you are slowly adjusting to the new sound of your implant.  It will takes us another 45-60 minutes to review ALL of the equipment that you'll be using, as well as appropriate auditory rehab exercises to do at home.

Let me know if you come up with any questions before tomorrow.  I really look forward to seeing you and turning on your implant!!  It will be the beginning of a whole new journey!

And that's it.  Stay tuned for pictures and if it's not too embarrassing, a video!


  1. would love to see the video!! so excited for you!

  2. Yes, please video it for us! Since we can't all be there to cheer you on, at least we can watch afterwards and cheer for you!