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    My surgery is scheduled for 3/29 but I’m trying to move it up.
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    Hi @Mary Beth, Thanks for the question. You can clean the contacts with a cotton swab and a small amount of cleaning alcohol, jut be careful not to touch the battery contacts yourself. You can find exact instructions on p20 of the User Manual for the SONNET Rechargeable Battery Pack. The exact instructions are to: "Do not touch the battery contacts. If the contacts need to be cleaned, use a cotton swab and a small amount of cleaning alcohol. Gently wipe dry after cleaning.". Kind regards, Mary
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    ADHEAR experiences

    Hi @segoro72, Sorry, I didn't see your comment before because you didn't tag me - writing in French is no problem: we just use google translate! Since France has very strict rules about contacting and marketing products to customers, I am not sure if this is possible. Of course, you are always welcome to reach out to our team in France and ask. Your ENT should also be able to advise you on all your options too. As I said, France is very strict about marketing of medical devices like this so going through your ENT is the best option. Kind regards, Mary
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    Balancing Act

    Use a neck loop to connect to my landline, cell phone, laptop and tablet. I find that the MT setting works best. With the M setting I tend to talk to loud. Have tried the phone w/o a neck loop but get tired of trying to position it over the processor mics. Do not really like talking on the phone anyway. I have both the Airtone Max and Quattro neck loops and prefer the Quattro because of the sound quality and the ability for it to connect to 2 Bluetooth devices. I use it for work. But with the Airtone you forget it is there since it is so light. In the long run both work well just depends on the situation. General conversations and meetings I get along fine without technology other than the CI except where noted. I have used captioning (Captel, Webcaptel and several phone apps) but have gotten away from them. As my CI hearing improved my need for them decreased. The only time I use captions is with the TV and that is when the sound quality is poor. To hear conversations in the car from the back or passenger seat I use a remote mic. Have a wired neck loop I use for Skype & GoToMeetings. But generally try to stay away from wired connections as I forget they are hooked up and end up walking off without disconnecting or they will get caught on the kitchen cabinet handles. Not good for the hardware. I use technology when needed and it works well for me in the right circumstances. My problem is keeping everything charged, fresh batteries, and making sure to push the correct buttons so everything is connected!
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    @Daniel the Stranger and @Joseph it wouldn't have occurred to me to think about the impact of getting your CIs in a country and a language that's not your native ones in either case. I will say, though, that I have an enormous amount of respect for you guys - not just the CI rehab, but even moving to a new country and living with communicating in a new language. I've spent quite a lot of time in Spain, and quite a lot of time in Israel too, and though I was reasonably proficient, if not fluent, in Spanish at the time (it was a long time ago and most of my vocabulary has, like Elvis, left the building, as I'm reminded every time my friend Jose Miguel posts on my Facebook page) but I could understand. But that's a far cry from being able to communicate on a level that would make me employable, and adding CI rehab to the mix - well, you guys, as I said, you have my respect.
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    Hello Joseph. I live in Skipton, in northern England. I’d go to my GP or indeed to the nearest Cochlear Implant Centre and explain the problem. The National Health Service is the provider for almost all CI users here. They run regular follow up services for us, after the initial year of rehab is over, usually to see an audiologist once a year for a check/remap if necessary etc. I don’t think there is a limit to this in terms of numbers of years since the implant. I have a friend who moved from a different part of the U.K. after getting her CI and she just transferred to the nearest centre after she moved. I don’t see why that wouldn’t be the case for someone who got their implant in another country. I know you said you didn’t want to burden the NHS but, given that almost all of us have implants paid for by the NHS, I don’t think there is an infrastructure of private audiologists specialising in CIs that you might find in other countries. You could also contact the National Cochlear Implant Users Association and ask them or indeed contact the MEDEL U.K. people in Sheffield, who I’ve always found enormously helpful and supportive. Good luck. Vera
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    The Public Library

    I would like to point out the Public Library as a great resource for many that I feel hasn’t been mentioned enough on this site. As a kid, I grew up in a small town far removed from the city and quickly found the local library as a great way to learn and pass the time. I became a bookworm. When I grew older, I moved to the city and due to job demands, family commitments and the fast paced life of city living, I abandoned the library mainly due to time constraints. I never lost my love of reading however and spent a fortune on books. I no longer live in the big city but in a fairly large town. Once implanted, I decided to visit my local library in hopes they provide audiobooks as I quickly grew tired of the repetitiveness of Angel Sounds etc... I imagined a shelf of audiobooks in C.D. form and that is what I found. But I was also introduced to the world of e-books and audiobooks offered online through simply having a library card. What a revelation this was. I visited the library twice, once to sign up and take out an audiobook and once to return the audiobook. Since then, I have done everything online. Most times I’m lucky enough to take out both the audiobook and the e-book to read along. I am allowed to have the books for 21 days with the option to renew but I find this is sufficient for my needs. I understand that a busy working person may find this too short as it does take time to get through an audiobook. The selection at my library is absolutely huge. Three of my favourite authors (Lee Child, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly) are releasing new books next month and I already have the three pre-reserved as e-books and two as audiobooks. Nevertheless, if they don’t sync up, my library gives the option to see “what’s available” so I search the available audiobook selections and usually find the corresponding e-book available as well. Simply amazing and a real money saver for sure. And a great training aid as well! Sadly, I realize this may not be available to everyone, but if you don’t make the effort to see what is offered at your local library, you may be missing out on a great resource!
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