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  1. In General

    1. The MED-EL Corner

      Keep up to date with all the latest MED-EL news, information, products, and MED-EL blog posts. 

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    2. General Discussions

      Everything off topic.

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    3. Introduce Yourself

      For everybody who is new to HearPeers.

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    4. Current Events

      Hearing implant industry news and other updates.

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    5. ALDs and Other Hearing Technologies

      Technologies that can help you hear better with your hearing implant.

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    6. Parents of Children with Hearing Loss

      Advice and experiences for your child with hearing loss.

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    7. Teenage Hearing Implant Recipients

      Meet and share experiences with other teenage hearing implant users.

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    8. Adult Hearing Implant Recipients

      Questions and discussions for adults with hearing implants.

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    9. Single-Sided Deafness

      Advice, experiences and discussions about single-sided deafness. 

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  2. MED-EL Hearing Solutions

    1. AudioStream

      Here's the place to discuss MED-EL's new direct streaming device, AudioStream. You can read more about AudioStream on our website

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    2. RONDO 3

      Here's the place to discuss MED-EL's latest single-unit cochlear implant audio processor, RONDO 3. You can read more about RONDO 3 on our website

       

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    3. SONNET 2

      Here's the place to discuss MED-EL's latest cochlear implant audio processor, SONNET 2. You can read more about SONNET 2 here, or take our interactive quiz to see how SONNET 2 is made for you

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    4. RONDO 2

      The RONDO 2 is the latest cochlear implant audio processor from MED-EL.

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    5. SONNET

      All about SONNET, the SYNCHRONY system’s behind-the-ear audio processor.

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    6. RONDO

      All about RONDO, the single-unit audio processor for cochlear implants.

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    7. OPUS 2

      All about OPUS 2, the MAESTRO system's behind-the-ear audio processor.

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    8. ADHEAR

      ADHEAR is MED-EL’s revolutionary new bone conduction system. What’s different about it? There is no implant involved and instead, it simply sticks onto your skin behind the ear. ADHEARStick. Click. Hear.

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    9. Electrode Arrays

      Structure preservation, residual hearing, and more.

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    10. VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE

      All about VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE, the middle ear implant system.

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    11. BONEBRIDGE

      All about BONEBRIDGE, the bone conduction implant system.

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    12. EAS

      The electric acoustic implant system (EAS).

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    13. ABI

      The Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) designed for Neurofibromatosis Type 2

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    14. AudioKey

      All about AudioKey, the new app from MED-EL that lets you change settings, locate your audio processor, and check your hearing stats directly from your phone. Find out more about AudioKey here

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    15. AudioLink

      Forum about AudioLink, the new connectivity device from MED-EL. Find out more about AudioLink here

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    16. Bimodal hearing (using a CI with a hearing aid)

      Here's the place to discuss bimodal hearing with MED-EL cochlear implants.

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  3. Living with a Hearing Implant

    1. Rehab

      Tips and tricks to improve listening and hearing.

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    2. Before and After Surgery

      Discussions about implantation and activation.

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    3. "WOW" Moments

      The hearing journey can be full of amazing "wow" experiences, sounds, or memories. Share your special hearing moments with us all! 

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    4. Music

      All about enjoying and getting the most out of music with your hearing implant. 

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  4. Miscellaneous

    1. Forum Feedback and Suggestions

      Tell us what you think, and what you’d like and not like to see

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    2. How to use the HearPeers forum

      Questions for how to use HearPeers.

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  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Mary Beth
      @Mkgilmour batteries for Sonnet/Sonnet2:  We can choose to use disposable batteries. Power One Implant batteries last over 2 full sixteen hour listening days for me.
    • Mkgilmour
      I am newly SSD, and hope to be implanted with a MED-EL synchrony 2 / Sonnet 2 processor August 24 (if the insurance company doesn't ruin my plans). I am also an avid rock climber. After my mandatory 2 weeks of not lifting more than 10 lbs, I plan to get back on the wall.  Is anyone here a climber or similarly active? I plan to bring my helmet to preop so my surgeon can properly mark my head. I also got an earmold made at my audiologist's office a week ago. Any other tips on the following concerns: - discomfort with the helmet and coil - processor falling off while upside down/ active - any issues using the implant while in a crowded, echo-y gym with tall ceilings? - any issues using the implant while outside in a lot of wind?  I also love to play the piano. How was it to play after getting a CI? I assume it will be a gradual process of getting used to the sounds of the keys.  Finally, I'm on 24 hour call shifts a few times a month. Do you guys have any battery advice?    Thanks!     
    • Mkgilmour
      I'm going to KU in Kansas City. I'll let you know how it goes when I hear back from my ENT!
    • Mary Beth
      @Mkgilmour I hope the insurance review goes well. Keep us posted. Which CI center are you going to?  I go to NYEE in NYC.
    • Mkgilmour
      Hello, everyone! My story is similar to many who are SSD. I awoke one morning and couldn't hear anything out of my left ear. I was found to be profoundly deaf with 0% word recognition on the left side. Over the next few weeks, I received oral and intratympanic steroids with no improvement. I received CROS hearing aids which do help a bit but I still have only 9.8% word recognition on the left side. I was found to be an excellent CI candidate and have a surgery date of August 24. I chose to receive a MED-EL Sonnet 2.   However, my insurance has deemed my CI not medically necessary because I have normal right sided hearing. This preposterous argument will hopefully be effectively refuted in the peer-to-peer conversation set to happen soon between my ENT and the silly physician who works for my insurance company who will be appointed to argue the ridiculous assertion that we don't need two ears. Imagine telling a patient that they can't have surgery on their left eye because their right eye works fine. Or that they don't need a prosthetic leg because their other leg is intact. I am probably preaching to the choir here, but there is copious evidence that points to the importance of binaural hearing for sound quality, sound localization, and word recognition, as well as background noise filtration. All of these things will hopefully improve once I get my CI. I have faith that my Heavenly Father will help me through this trial, and that modern science will restore most of my left sided hearing function. Great to meet all of you! 
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