Those of you who are regular readers of my blog know about my struggles to hear music. While I could hear simple one-note tunes fairly early on, the more complex music of a symphony was beyond my reach. Until now.
Last week I attended a concert that featured among other pieces, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular piece, the pianist’s fingers are literally flying over the keys for much of it. I heard almost every note.
There was still a ‘Darth Vaderish’ quality to the lowest registers and I could not pick up the pizzicato of the violins. But the last time I can remember hearing so much, so clearly, would have been at least 40 years ago. And I think the sound is actually clearer now.
It IS the implant that is making the difference here. A couple of times during the concert I took off my cochlear implant processor so I could get a sense of what I was hearing with just my hearing aid alone. It was very little and very soft. When I put the processor back on, the sound not only increased tenfold but it was MUSIC I was hearing in both ears, not noise. This was no fluke.
And how appropriate that my re-introduction to music was a piece by Beethoven.
A few days later, I was still on a high and still processing what happened that evening when I recalled others telling me that they had often been deeply moved by a piece of classical music.
I didn’t know what this meant until that night in June, almost two years after I received this amazing device.
My “cochlear implant expectation check list” is almost complete, so this will likely be the final entry of my cochlear implant journey, .
I still plan to offer thoughts on hearing loss issues from time to time and of course would enjoy hearing and publishing your stories on my blog so please do send them along to me. In the meantime, I am going to go listen to some music!