Deaf Magician Ron Jaxon just had coclear implants activated which will help him to begin to hear again after 20 years of deafness. I was quite honored by the content of a message from Ron to me which I'll share here:
I just got turned on a few hours ago and it's very exciting. Nothing sounds right yet because I can't tell what I'm hearing. But I am hearing things. Voices sounds like "Squawk Squawk" right now. I'm kind of in a training stage right now where I'm suppose to keep turning it up to kind of challenge myself yet never go loud enough where it's uncomfortable. So everything is going to sound strange to me for a while until my brain learns to distinguish sounds again.
Speech is a little down the road but it's coming. I really don't know how long it'll take to be able to understand speech or how far I'll go with it. Some people like me go on to understanding 80% to 90% of speech (Which is more then most people can understand. Especially married people. LOL). But on the other hand there are others like me who can only reach the ability to understand maybe 20% is speech. So I really don't know how far I'll go in that but I do know that I'll be able to "Hear" voices because I've only been "Bionic" for about 3 hours now and I can already hear them.
One of the things I look forward to if I can hear again is to listen to the interviews on your site. In fact I've been doing research and talking to other people who have had the implant that I might be getting and they told me that I'll have to do some "home work" if I get the implant. My homework will be to listen to things. My brain will have to relearn to hear and recognize sounds. This includes voices.
It's kind a strange things but they say that it's not uncommon for someone to be able to hear a voice but not really be able to understand what the voice is saying at first. Anyway, I figure I'll use the interviews on your site as part of my "home work" to help learn to recognize speech again. I might as well do it with a subject I enjoy. It's an exciting thought.
Just thought I'd share that with you.
Obviously, I wish Ron all of the best in his recovery and cannot express how thrilled I am that my little magic project might help him in some way!