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    Mary Beth

    Sonnet 2 in US ASM 2.0

    @Melissa When Sonnet 1 was released in the US, it was released with ASM 1. After FDA approval for ASM 2, ASM 2 was released in the US. Our audiologists updated our Sonnet 1 processors via Med-El’s software at our appointments. I expect the same sequence to happen with Sonnet2 processors in the US pending FDA approval.
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    Thanks for pointing that out!
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    Mary Beth

    New to hear peers & Choosing brands

    One of the things that I like very much about this forum is that it never gets bogged down in the CI brand war debate. Many many FB groups become heated with debates about CI brands. This forum is never like that and I am thankful.
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    @Melissa Connectivity is very important to everyone. The teens I work with who use various CI brands often choose to connect to their devices the same way as their friends.....headphones. Smile The cool thing about CIs and headphones is that there is no feedback. The sound quality provided by a high end headphone company will surpass all these various connectivity options. For sound quality purposes, it probably goes like this.... -direct connect processor to device via audio cable provides the best audio signal -high end noise cancelling headphones -other connectivity options including BT neckloops, proprietary intermediary devices, direct connect via BT....(There is a lot of variability in this group both for sound quality and for personal preference.) In the 5 years I have been implanted a lot has changed regarding connectivity options for all brands. Each brand is advancing. Each brand has good connectivity features. Each brand has problems with their connectivity features. One thing we can all count on .... the connectivity options will continue to change. It is important to select the brand that best fits your life. The competition between brands is good for all of us. It pushes each brand to improve.
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    New update - last mapping January 13th. previously one back in December. I am about 12 weeks in. Briefly from December to today, word recognition went from 40% to 76% sentence recognition went from 20% to 70%. I don't remember the numbers but speech in noise had as dramatic improvement but still a ways to go. So steady progress. I've also noticed the ambient noise has diminished and I am hearing more of what I want to hear. Lastly, I got an email from Med-el that the Sonnet 2 is now available in the US. I emailed them and they said there were still few weeks from putting the swap program in place but said they will email another announcement. Dave
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    Rick H

    New to hear peers & Choosing brands

    Hi Melissa yes I do like the streaming capability of the CA implant both in regards to their hearing aid & to the direct to iPhone as well. It was definitely one of the things that made me think of them as a possible implant choice. It seems like all the other companies do tend to catch up & get the latest technology as time goes on. It’s like when I first started looking into my CI Medel was the only one that was MRI safe & by the time I had to make my decision all 3 had that feature which really made it even more difficult. For that reason I focused mainly on the features of the implant itself as that is what stays with you while the exterior processor & their streaming technology & other features improve & are upgraded about every 5 years or so without the need for surgery. another nice feature that I liked about the CA nucleus implant was that they have the thinnest electrodes which is good for preserving any residual hearing. That’s a great feature! Also they have 22 electrodes compared to medels 12 & AB 16, even though my surgeon told me it’s not the number of electrodes but the processing that make a big difference. If you go to this website (cochlearimplanthelp.com) the article there on electrodes & channels explains the differences in how each brand processes sound (the actual way they fire their electrodes to simulate sound) . There is a big difference in the way each brand process sounds, Medels electrodes can be fired simultaneously in pairs & are further divided into different electrical band width between the pairs to give up to 250 different audio frequencies or tones. AB has 16 electrodes that also fires in pairs split between different band widths to create phantom electrodes to generate 120 different frequencies, CAs has the most electrodes at 22 but fire in succession & don’t create any phantom electrodes. I’m no audio engineer but It’s a great article to read to get some insight as to how the brands differ from each other. Medels electrodes are softer & more flexible & reach further into the cochlea they claim that this feature is also great for preserving residual hearing. In the end I chose Medel mainly because of the sound processing differences & the fact that they have had no recalls. Also hearing how satisfied the recipients were with their devices. I’m not trying to push Medel but just giving some insight as to how I made my final decision.😁 also as you do your research you will hear many simulations of what it sounds like with a CI. I used to hear these & it scared me away from doing this for so long. Don’t be scared of these, they are terrible examples of what it really sounds like! I have never heard a simulation that sounds anything like my CI! I have only had mine turned on now for about 3 months & I can tell you mine sounds very very natural to my original hearing. I could understand speech from the minute it was turned on,. There is a slight mechanical sound to them but my family’s voices sounds like my family’s voices. when I watch TV the actors voices sound very much like they used to & most environmental sounds are spot on the way they where before. i would do as much research as you can, pick a good surgeon & talk to as many people on the forums or in person with all the different brands & then go with your gut instinct! Most Everyone with a CI is very open to let you know about their experiences both good & bad. You really can’t make a bad choice! They are all good products! I don’t know how old your son is but I can assure you & your husband that he will be able to live a very normal life with his CI which ever brand you choose! Hope I’m not being too long winded with my responses but I know what a big decision this can be & I’m trying to give you as much info on my own personal experience of this. Best of luck Melissa & if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask! Rick H
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    I've not had any problem with my Beltone Boost hearing aid and now they even work with iOS 13.. Compatibility problems may occur when Apple release a new iOS update, it should not be hard to fix as they are software oriented problems. As far as I know there are no Made for Android hearing device out there. Android users only have an option to use assistive tech. Here's a full list of made for iPhone hearing devices. It says iPhone, but they can connect to iPad, Apple Watch and even iPod. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210386 Direct streaming is almost an industry standart for hearing aids, so I say why not for cochlear implants?
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