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  1. This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation. I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse. I was glad when that went away! And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea. My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either. It all works out in the end!
    5 points
  2. The best Christmas present of all times -- Rondo 3 was just delivered by FEDEX and I am unpacking it. Next week I have scheduled an appointment with audiologist, but for now, just looking at it and putting it altogether (#4 magnet) thrills me to no end. Finally no more batteries, stereo sound and double microphones. I will share with you my experiences as soon as I have the processor programmed. I must really tell you how great, helpful, courteous and efficient was the Medel staff. Thanks to all.
    5 points
  3. Hi all, I was implanted Nov 30th 2020, switched on Dec 15th. So much to learn, and even thought the journey to surgery was long, wow post switch on I am realizing the rehab journey may be even longer. I have a Live Production / Pro Audio background. when my journey began I regrettably couldn’t find you all, so began a VLOG documenting my own. if your interested here is the link and little snippets of my journey thus far. My Cochlear Journey VLOG video series Now post surgery I’m exhausted, a little devastated but incredibly determined. So many question
    4 points
  4. @John R I watched your vlog - nicely produced and you speak like a pro announcer! I do hope you keep making the videos. A few particular things resounded with me from your content: the desperate hope that tinnitus would go away (mine is much reduced when I'm wearing my processor - is yours?) the hearing effort is exhausting when you are impaired, and is always underestimated hearing impairment can indeed be lonely and isolating from family/friends, but being honest with what you need from them is so helpful. I myself have also had so much support from my social
    4 points
  5. Hello HPs Crew 😁 Sending an update here. Hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas 🎄🎅 Surgery went good on Monday, YAY. The anesthesiologist gave me a TON of anti nausea medicine and adjusted a few other things, so I felt pretty good after surgery. I did throw up 2x in recovery but just a little. This time has been a complete 180 from the first CI. But still taking it easy!! Activation is set for January 11 🦻 Maybe I’ll be switched on for our January coffee chat 🤓 wouldn’t that be fun?!
    4 points
  6. I watched the videos as well as part of my daily listening exercises to my Sonnet 2, I was activated on December 4th and in the last week I've found I can watch more content without the CC (especially if the person is talking to the camera) and voices are starting to sound more natural. When I wear the processor I don't really hear the tinnitus. I really am enjoying the videos and I hope you continue with them!
    3 points
  7. @John R I started out hearing only static and beeps. Everyone’s journey is unique. Believe me though when I say that how we begin is not any indication of how we will hear with our CIs over time. I hear great but my activations started off with no speech. And music was a mess at first and now music is amazing. This link describes my music journey https://blog.medel.com/3-steps-to-rediscovering-music-with-a-cochlear-implant/ This link to a captioned video describes my CI journey- starting with static and beeps.
    3 points
  8. Thanks so much everyone! I go back to the audiologist next Tuesday. I have had to wear one aid to understand, because I have been working, but for the next 3 days, I will give just the CI a chance. It is still just a whistling sound.
    3 points
  9. My first activation I did not hear voices only ringing when people were talking. I heard music but no voices singing 🤣 The second activation on Monday, was like a cartoon! I was laughing so hard. It sounded so funny I had to double check with my audiologist that I was switched on 🤪 Obviously yes. Music sounded like a cartoon as well and still kind of does. I’m basically living inside Looney Tuned for the time being 😆👍 Congrats on your activation @Laura C Hope you are having fun!
    3 points
  10. @tmscarlett10 So interesting your eye twitches when there's a lot of clatter! I remember when I had my hypersensitivity in both my ears especially the left, loud noises or ear piercing noises would vibrate in my head and throw me off balance a little bit. Congrats on your surgery date! I'm excited for you! For the comparison of 1st & 2nd activation - my first activation I heard no voices, only a ringing in place of voices. I heard music but there was no voice only music. Everything high frequency bothered....so much that I asked my audiologist to tone it down a bit and he
    3 points
  11. Hi HPs Crew! Yesterday was activation and it was really funny 🤣 I'm currently living in a cartoon. Everyone/everything sounds cartoonish like Mickey & Minnie with some wind chimes. I can hear words and music but they sound like someone sucked in a bunch of helium 😆 Hopefully by the end of the week the cartoon sounds will subside a little bit 🤞And Matt (I think this is you?? Are you trying to confuse us?!) @polyesternapkinstowaway I see what you mean about the new ear hurting comprehension a little bit. I definitely found myself slightly confused yesterday at times and especially when I was
    3 points
  12. Mary Beth

    Rondò 3 or Kanso 2 ?

    @Angelo Congratulations on your upcoming CI! Exciting! While it is popular to just compare external processors (Rondo 3 and Kanso 2), it is important to remember that the external processors change quite frequently. The connectivity options change even faster it seems. We will hopefully have our internal CI components for decades. They determine how things sound to us. So you may want to also compare internal components. Just a suggestion. Rondo 3 was just released in the US but has been released in other countries for a bit longer. We have a few Rondo 3 users h
    3 points
  13. Merry Christmas everyone! Take care and stay safe. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the January Google meet.
    3 points
  14. LOL I have a similar frustration with my ENT! They were so concerned about the risk to my residual hearing and expected me to feel the same but I did not care one little bit. It was not at all functional so what did I have to lose? Then after the surgery they excitedly told me that I had retained much of it, and I told them I didn't care (or more polite words to that effect) and they acted like I cursed! It was funny and confusing 😃
    3 points
  15. iHM24

    Med-El reliability

    That’s awesome 😎 to be ready for future!
    2 points
  16. pdk

    New Med-El app

    I tried the new app from playstore. After logging in I answerd a couple of questions and was then allowed to update to pro version. I then had to add myself as a client and fill in a profile. Then I had to answer all the questions again. The app then sent me suggestions for rehab. All very detailed. I can read most of it on their rehab site. Very disappointing.
    2 points
  17. @Mary Beth looking forward to seeing everyone very early Sunday morning...yawn!😅😊
    2 points
  18. Since I've had my ci I've appreciated so much more John Lennon's playing of his mouth organ, especially in Please please me and Love me do. Bet you'll all go and play them now. 😂
    2 points
  19. My right side started off with static and beeps! My left side started off with quiet marimba! How did things sound to you on activation day? @Laura C was recently activated
    2 points
  20. Thank you, I currently have the new Synchrony 2 electrode array which is / was the reason I chose MedEL. This little guys potential has me very excited the technology is awesome. using a Sonnet 2 Processor
    2 points
  21. @John R As MB stated, everyone’s journey is unique 🦻It sounds like you have a great selection of music to choose from for practice! My second CI (activated 1/11) also heard music with cartoon voices. I used Maroon 5’s Sugar as my starting song since I know it so well and have heard it so many different ways (with 2 HAs, left CI only, left CI & right HA, Right CI only, and bilateral CIs). My brain has been “flickering” between hearing voices normally and cartoonish with the new ear. I hope music finds its way back to you soon. Keep practicing and challenging your new ear. You’re
    2 points
  22. @John R Congratulations on your CI! Which processor did you choose? it is definitely a journey but an amazing journey at that. Check out our rehab topic. It is full of help! And feel free to ask any questions. Welcome to HearPeers!
    2 points
  23. On activation day, I heard mainly really high pitched beeps that all sounded the same as well as feeling pressure sensations in my head where the beeps would be. Over time, the high pitched beeps became more real sounding than just beeps. The pressure sensation became beeps and and then became more real sounds. It takes time and effort, but with practice and exercise, my brain is figuring things out. Go brain!
    2 points
  24. Mary Beth

    ASL

    @tmscarlett10 @Megan L. @polyesternapkinstowaway I saw this list and thought you may be interested. Lifeprint by Bill Vicars (hearing friends love this, great beginner's resource): http://lifeprint.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/billvicars The ASL App: https://theaslapp.com/ Sign It ASL: https://www.signitasl.com/ ASL That: https://youtube.com/user/chsasl Signed With Heart: https://youtube.com/user/ashleyclarkfry Handspeak: https://handspeak.com TRUE+WAY ASL: https://truewayasl.com Sign Language Center: www.signlanguagecenter.com Many uni
    2 points
  25. I likened activation to a “casino in my head”, 😀
    2 points
  26. Today while I was out in our backyard, I heard a sound from above. It sounded kind of like a plane and kind of like a helicopter. I did not look up. I kept listening trying to decide if it was a plane or a helicopter. It sounded like both. Finally I looked up and guess what I saw? A plane being tailed by a helicopter! No kidding! (I have no idea why the plane was being tailed so closely by a helicopter! But my CIs were spot on!)
    2 points
  27. I heard beeps and everyone was a robot talking underwater.
    2 points
  28. Although the voices didn’t sound very human, I did hear voices after my first activation. Also heard a lot of things I could have done without! My first mistake was unloading the dishwasher the day I was activated....definitely NOT a pleasant sound! It took me a while to be able to distinguish a male voice from a female voice, especially on t.v. @Laura C as @Megan L. said, we all have to start somewhere and it DOES get better so stick with it. Patience and perseverance are so important in getting through your rehab! Best of luck to you. Hang in there!
    2 points
  29. @Megan L. Glad the activation went well and you are already able to distinguish sounds and speech already. I decided I'm going to randomize all my usernames online and since this is a rare place that actually allows one to change it, I did so. I used DiceWare to pick my name here and various other places and then modified slightly until I found something amusing. https://diceware.dmuth.org/ (I just demonstrated to my wife and it came up with "unvocaltadpole" lol) For me it continues to be a learning process. I recognize I need to practice more but I have the easy excuse of
    2 points
  30. @Mary Beth thanks for tagging us! @Lynda I just replied to your message and sent you the link via private message Best, Verena
    2 points
  31. @Mary Beth I’d rather get something in my activation kit I’d use a lot instead of something that might work from time to time. So that’s my thinking. I have some time as long as I don’t open my audiolink 👍
    2 points
  32. @Megan L. So terrific! Yay! So much WOWness is coming your way over the next few months! Now that you have both the Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2, may I ask you a few questions? Smile Do you notice a difference in the disposable battery packs? Does your Sonnet 2 have the new mic cover that is easy to replace? Do you notice a difference in the cable covering? What connectivity options were you given in your activation kit?
    2 points
  33. @Mary Beth I may only be able to join for half hour or so but I will try.
    2 points
  34. Happy New Year everybody! Would love to join on the 24th. See you then 🙂
    2 points
  35. Dani

    Dani

    Hello everybody, I am new to this forum, male, in my mid 40s and living near munich in Germany. Actually I already have a working CI since February 2020 powerd by a Sonnet 2 and in my left I recently got my other implant in December 2020. Actvation will be in January. Then I am testing Rondo 3 and hope that I am happy with it. If this will be the case then I don't know how to go further with my first processor on my right side. I'll see.
    2 points
  36. Yes! I'm in!! Looking forward to it. Happy New Year to everyone!!. Let's hope the New Year be so much better than 2020!!!. Take care and stay safe.
    2 points
  37. Jared Charney

    Newbie Here

    I was just activated on December 4th and so far I've been surprised that I prefer the Sonnet 2 -- I thought I would physically notice it but I don't really feel it at all -- I don't trust myself with the Rondo 3 yet as the first five minutes I was wearing it I managed to project onto the floor-- I will have to start using the clip. One thing I love about having 2 different processors is: if I go for a run w/the Sonnet 2 I will put it in the dehumidifier and while I wait for it I will put on the Rondo 3--I def. will get use to the Rondo 3 but again happily surprised by how much I'm liking the S
    2 points
  38. Oh! unlucky me! I think I will be unavailable there due to a family ceremony planned exact same day!🙁😟But also I will try my best to be there but let's see!
    2 points
  39. Yes!! Definitely in 🥳 I will have 2 activation appointments done by then!
    2 points
  40. @Mary Featherston I did move it up by 15 minutes. Trying to not keep @Kylie up too late and trying to not have @Joan up too early due to the time change in the US. Come and join when you are up.
    2 points
  41. Oh man, earlier on Sunday. Well, I plan to be there, but I don't set an alarm on weekends so there's sooooome possibility of being a little late.
    2 points
  42. Yeah might give this a go. Going to be fun with accents I bet! 😂
    2 points
  43. @Mary Beth Sounds like a plan!! Yay 🤩 Looking forward to it!!
    2 points
  44. @Megan L. YAY! I will plan the January HP chat for after your activation!
    2 points
  45. You can buy the audiostream in Australia for AU$490 including the battery frame. (That is approx US$372 at today's rate.) I have not yet purchased one as I am undecided about the value for the high cyst. Looking forward to reading others' reviews?
    2 points
  46. @MED-EL Moderator Thanks Barbara for your very quick reply, yes I found the private message.
    2 points
  47. Jared Charney

    Jacqui

    hi Jacqui I just had the CI for my right ear done in November in Boston, Massachusetts and I was pretty blown away by how well everything really went and I agree with Mary Beth even though I'm in the true beginning stages of hearing through my CI -- each day I am actually more excited to put the sound processor on than I am to make my daily coffee!
    2 points
  48. ok it's nice to know someone's time line and my contact at Medel def. said it's going to be a marathon and I guess she wasn't kidding! I find that if I can do my listening in the morning especially I have some luck understanding what someone is saying if they are looking at the camera and speaking somewhat slowly. If I try to do these exercises after a long day of work it's almost pointless without the captions. thanks!
    2 points
  49. Within 6 months I could close my eyes and not miss too much, if I concentrated very hard, though it sounded very tinny and electronic. Now at 18 months it sounds way better, more like voices than robots, but still definitely an electronic sound overall. Don't need captions now, can listen to any audiobook etc.
    2 points
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