CYBORG UPDATE BLOG
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Haven't posted any blogs lately, and today I am tring to beat a sparkpoints daily best, so here we go...
I am doing really well with the implant, and can hear surprisingly well. Still not totally used to the "tunnel voice" sound, but it beats the crap out of the alternative! I am shaving the sides of my head now, for the coil to stick better, and growing a flattop up above to hide some of my scars, have to wait to see how that works out.
There are some drawbacks to get used to, chiefly the magnet in the coil is very strong. When I get too close to steel or iron (like when working on an engine), it can suck the magnet right off my head, resulting in total loss of hearing until I reattach it. The magnet inside my head seems to be comparatively weak, so the attachment is not that secure. I was driving my bike down the freeway yesterday at about 80 mph when I felt the magnet fall off. There is an earhook on the processor, but I was wearing gloves, and when I reached up to reattach it, I couldn't feel it. I immediately pulled over (the processor alone, without battery or coil, is priced at $7500), and found the whole works gone! When I looked down, I found everything dangling from my fuel tank, attached by the magnet. Thank God Harley doesn't use aluminum tanks! I immediately dug a beanie out of my saddlebag for a little more security.
Phones are still a little bit of a problem. There is a built in telecoil feature on my remote control, but it seems to make it worse, not better. I cruised through Cochlear of America's website, and they have a phone cable that jacks right into the processor, and the other end jacks into a smartphone. It is $150 bucks, but I'll probably be ordering one next payday. I know stronger coil magnets are available also, but none are on the website. You have to order them through your doctor, because the stronger magnets can cause skin degradation where they connect. The magnets are numered 1 (weakest) through 5 (strongest) and I'm already using a 4, so I don't know how much improvement I can look forward to there.
Working my butt off at work with engine changes, overtime when the customer is in a hurry, thank you very much. In the airline industry, everyone wants the maximum number of aircraft in the air during the holiday season for maximum revenue. No hurry all year, until November rolls around, then everything needs to be done last month!
I need to make a store run, my little furry buddy is short on food, and I am looking forward to some exercise time this afternoon, that has been on the back burnert the last few