Since the topic of the moment for CI’s is using the phone, I have never used the phone much even with my Cochlear implant because I tend to text people more. If you get a good clear phone which you can change the volume, then you are more likely to hear what people are saying on the line. It took me a while to come to use the telephone at home when I got my CI because I wasn’t used to using it and talking to people on it. Although now I can pick up the phone whenever, and call whoever I want, I can still miss what people are saying on the phone even if it’s clear and I have to tell them to repeat what they say. If it’s a new person who doesn’t know I’m deaf, I just tell them that I’m deaf and I can have problems hearing on the phone sometimes and they understand if i have to ask them to repeat what they have said.
When I’m on the phone, I am often told to speak more loudly because I have a quiet voice, although when I’m off the phone I’m always loud! I also sometimes use the speaker phone on my mobile or the land line just because it’s easier! I speak to my nana a lot more now when she calls because she lives in Middlesbrough and I don’t get to see her a lot of the time. I wish she lived closer though because she’s so funny at times and I love her!
Another reason I don’t use the phone to talk is because most of my friends are on MSN and I talk to them more on that than the phone. If they aren’t on MSN, we are always texting!