Monday, April 30, 2007

Comparing the bitrates in iPods

Found an interesting article on comparing the amount of bitrates used in mp3's (128 vs. 256, etc...) and how we can tell the difference, especially as we hear through our cochlear implants.... check here

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Amen to Harmony!!!

I have Harmony for two weeks and I love it!!!
Big discoveries:

1) 2 Year Old's: I can understand much better of what my 2 years old said. 2 years old's voices are pretty much in high range so discerning these pitches apart are extremely difficult for me to understand using hearing aids or other processors. With Harmony, I can finally understand what she said!

2) Nature sounds - Heard so many new sounds such as bird songs, crickets, leaves falling, winds blowing, and more. Harmony has widen these sounds even greater and it is amazing to hear more!

3) Conversations: I am very comfortable to make the conversations in very loud places and never a loss for the words.

4) Noises: All the noises (background, white, etc...) is no longer a bottleneck in listening. These goes away when I can focus on listening the conversations or radio.

5) Myself: I am no longer an tired person after 10 hours of listening through the old processors. Harmony helped me greatly to understand the sounds easily!!! I think Harmony helped my brain to process the simulations faster and with less energy, therefore no more being a tired person!!

Happy Listening!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Harmony Harmonics, Part II: Inside Concrete Building

BEFORE HARMONY: Being inside the concrete building, is the harshest place for listening. I am in a corner cafe - and I do not like this place, because the walls, floor, ceiling are concrete, which is it is very harsh on my ears. All the echos, talking (actualy they talk loud to get message across) the noises from counter, and more so I do not like being inside of it.

NOW WITH HARMONY: No more unpleasant hearing. It is very bearable to be in the concrete building. I have been inside for almost two hours, working on my laptop without any discomfort and distraction. I am very pleased and and really enjoying being a part of the "cafe" scene.

Harmony Harmonics, Part I: Going Down the Freeway

This is my summary of Harmony experences, which I will be creating over the time:

BEFORE: As I was driving my SUV, I can't even hear the radio or conversation because of all the noise such as road, turbulence, and more.

NOW WITH HARMONY: I can hear the music from the radio very clearly as I drive down the freeway at 70 mph - no more turbulence or road noises at all.

DOUBLE DARE HARMONY: To up the ante on the Harmony's prowess, I rolled down all four windows and I still can hear the music very clearly, and not hearing the sounds of roaring 70 mph winds at all. Is that amazing?!?!?!?! Now I can hear better than anybody!!! Yippee!!!!

Day Three on Harmony Processors


This is Day 3 with Harmony Processor. Here are my observations:
  1. Very pleasant to hear
  2. Very wide spectrum of sounds
  3. No backgrounds noise
  4. Can hear people taking very clearly
  5. Very light and easy on my pinna (ear lobe)
  6. Not tired at all during evening after hearing all day

My summary of experiences follows this.....

Thanks for reading this!!!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I got the HARMONY Processors!!!

To all,

I just got 2 Harmony processors, which can be programmed to use HiRes120, a program to use 120 virtual channels on my 16 channels. That's about hundred times more powerful and also can hear thousand more new things everyday!!!!

Yes, I will start making posts to this blog about my Harmony hearing experiences, techinical details, and more.

I am waiting for an appointment with my audiogists - hopefully on Monday morning.

I will be posting images of Harmony processors in a few hours....