Wednesday, September 21, 2005

In Sam's Words...

"What does it sound like?  It sounds like a broken Atari game.  Maybe Pong. And the voices...think of Darth Vader's wife: high and synthesized.  But these questions about what it sounds like miss the main point. The real question is what does it feel like to have an implant.  Here the benefits are real and immediate: it feels real good.  The mere act of taking these hearing struggles head on and forging my own fate with technology as my wingman is incredibly liberating.  Like breast-beating. Like telling it to the mountain.

"Almost as strong is the experience of sound when both my coch and my hearing aids are on.  Through the right ear, the hearing aid brings warmth, weight, organic produce, tomatoes, barley grass and peet moss. A full, lush, three-demensional oil-painting kind of sound.  Through the left ear, the coch provides steel and structure.  It's airy and cool, a skeletal metal sculpture, solid and sharp. The two sound worlds come to meet in the center of my head, and if i move too quickly, they messily and nauseatingly collide.   But when I sit still, there's balance.  And there, it's just starting to get interesting."

12 Comments:

Blogger UncaJonny said...

Damn. Both of you can write? Now you're really encroaching on my territory. Gee whiz. I'm gonna learn to juggle.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you guys kiss with it on?
--Jen

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you guys kiss with the thing on your head?
--Jen

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Zev Swiller said...

i had no idea i could comment on this thing!
(my blog aint up yet.)

12:47 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Jen, good question. Only have the space for a quick answer here so I will say that generally I kiss with my lips not my implant. I have not tried any new techniques since I got turned on, but I expect to keep using my lips to kiss. A pretty wise-assed answer to a fair question, I know, but I haven't done enough research. Who are you anyway?

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do you think? --Jen

8:07 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Sammy, help me out here.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Mike Chorost said...

That description of using both a CI and a hearing aid together: beautifully written and oh so true. Can I quote that passage on my blog?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Mike Chorost said...

To Jen: I do my smooching with the behind-the-ear version of the processor. If I'm using the belt-worn version, the headpiece often falls off during romantic rumpus. I practically never wear the belt-worn version anymore.

9:52 PM  
Blogger UncaJonny said...

I didn't know that you two guys kissed much. I know that you are loving brothers, but hey...

2:25 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

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5:16 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Mike, I would be honored to make it onto your blog. Go ahead, by all means.

5:17 AM  

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