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It's not 100% better, as if I had never been deaf at all, but it is a whole lot better.
For the first time in several months I can clearly hear someone speaking at me without having to aimlessly guess what they're talking about. I can hear (to some degree) keys jingling, birds singing, music playing, all things I have not heard at all in a very, very long time. It's wonderful. It's essentially like hearing through a microphone. If I cup the device in my hands, it whistles and chirps.
Tonight I will watch Heroes for the very first time while able to fully understand what's going on at any given moment.