It’s a lovely sunny day with a little breeze. I’d been sitting in the garden with a drink, enjoying the peace. Funnily enough, my Hearing Dog prefers to stay inside, in the lounge at the front of the house. I sat listening to the sounds around me…. cars going past, the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees around me, birds singing, a child calling out, a car alarm going off for a few seconds. I changed my cochlear implants from IDR 70 to IDR 80 – a small but startling change. I could now hear an annoying hum, too loud to ignore it. It could only be traffic from a busy road 1/2 mile away. It’s funny how, with cochlear implants, we can ‘adjust’ our bionic hearing in ways that hearing people can’t. As the sun went down, I moved inside to sit inside the conservatory. Back to IDR 70, it was peaceful again … except for the annoying THUNK of one of the fences against its post (must fix that) and a weird sound from next door (the neighbour’s TV? Haven’t worked this one out yet). Then a surprisingly loud sound, a sharp and quick THUG-THUG-THUG-THUG-THUG-THUG across the roof – I looked up and saw the shadow of a bird stomping across, each claw matching the sound as it made contact. I laughed out loud at that one.
No wonder my dog prefers to stay in the lounge – it’s much quieter!