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  1. 4 points
    Rick H

    First post since activation

    This is my first updated post since being activated on October 29th, I’ve been so busy working I haven’t had a chance until now. A little info about myself my name is Rick Horton, I’m 57 years old & I live in Everett, Washington. I have profound noise induced hearing loss in both ears. My left side was implanted with a Synchrony & the right side I use a hi power HA. I was activated about a week & a half ago using a Rondo2 processor ( waiting for a Sonnet2 as well) . All I can say so far is WOW!! This is the most amazing experience! I was surprised that I was able to understand speech immediately, wasn’t expecting that! Aside from the initial robotic sound of voices I was also amazed at how realistic the voices are! Watching TV ( no more closed captioning) Tom Selleck sounds like Tom Selleck & Julia Roberts sound like Julia Roberts! Wasn’t expecting that either! I’ve already had so many wow moments! I can now talk on FaceTime with my daughter! Never been able to do that! & last Friday I went thru a 3 hour class at work that 6 weeks ago would have been impossible! With the instructor constantly turning his back to us to point out slideshow or talking behind his computer monitor where I couldn’t read his lips, I sat at the back of the class & caught every word he said! Amazing!! & soo many sounds that I haven’t heard in 15 years. The sound of my footsteps, running water, & falling rain. Also the sounds of my granddaughter breathing as she sleeps on my shoulder! That one is priceless! It’s not perfect & I still have a long way to go as far as improvements but I went into this expecting to be disappointed at first & I am completely amazed at how much better I communicate already. My confidence & self esteem are quickly returning & it’s as though my old self is awakening from a long sleep! So thankful for that! I had the first mappings a few days ago & everything is so loud now that it was almost like starting over again but it settled down the next few days fairly quickly. I figure that’s just part of the process! This journey is incredible! Looking so forward to all the coming wow moments!!😁 Rick H
  2. 3 points
    Thank you Joan, I continue with Rondo, reading a lot of the experiences of other users with new one... Perhaps when it's time to upgrade, It could be Rondo 3 🙂
  3. 3 points

    Med-El CI users in Australia

    Well I am pleased to say the activation is going great! The Audi, Louse at Attune Mt Barker, seems pretty pleased with the progress - I've had two mappings and I have started the online rehab, really pleased to say I can understand words, well most of them anyway! Still have lots of odd and unusual noises but I worked out that if I turn the volume down a little, it is a little clearer. I had a bit of a problem with excessive nasal fluid and blood nose, Doc suggests that's the tubes clearing out after the op. Seems to be pretty good now. Overall I seem to be adjusting quite well, a little confusing sorting out the bedside table with all the accessories - drying box, rechargeable batteries etc.... have managed to work out the Bluetooth/ computer link cords etc. So exciting and rewarding! Thanks to you all for your help, advice and support. Cheers Lorna
  4. 2 points

    Artone 3 Max

    I am so happy I found this forum and found out about the Artone. I use it often at work. In the past week I have held several calls over the computer with people overseas. I make out about 98% of what is said when I use the Artone! I love it!
  5. 2 points

    Med-El CI users in Australia

    I am getting the Sonnet and the Rondo 2. I am curious as to how the sound will differ between them both, and also how/if they operate with Bluetooth - but I guess that is one of the many questions that will be answered next week - I have a 2 hr appointment Monday and 2 hr appointment Tuesday. Feeling excited and apprehensive at the same time.
  6. 1 point

    AudioLink is available in the US

    The working voltage is regarding the separate power supply input that goes to the volume control amplifier. This does not directly feed into the audiolink and is not intended to power the AudioLink. The only thing that goes into the AudioLink from that volume control amplifier is the stereo plug.
  7. 1 point

    AudioLink is available in the US

    This is similar to the receiver that I have: https://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-Simultaneously/dp/B01EHSX28M/ iPad/iPhone/other Bluetooth transmitter paired/connects to the Bluetooth receiver Bluetooth receiver is connected to the 2.5mm AudioLink input jack via 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable It has its own rechargeable battery and is relatively compact.
  8. 1 point
    MED-EL Moderator

    Hi from a new user!

    Hi @Mary Beth, thanks for tagging us @Marcy: Welcome to HearPeers and congratulations on your CI! Yes, GripWear can be used with RONDO 2, you can find all fixation options for RONDO and RONDO 2 on our website: https://www.medel.com/hearing-solutions/accessories/fixations Your local MED-EL team can also assist you with finding the right fixation option for you. Best regards, Verena
  9. 1 point
    Mary Featherston

    Changes in Taste

    I think it's important to point out, which Mary Beth did in a nice way, that it's not valid to extrapolate from a single data point. I'm sorry that Paul is having trouble hearing music and discerning pitch, but the conclusion that that will be the universal experience just isn't so. I can tell when I'm out of tune.
  10. 1 point
    @Mary Beth Thanks for suggesting such a great power pack! Especially after my recent experience with multiple power outages within a three week period, I strongly recommend every Rondo2 user have a backup non-electrical power source for charging their processors. This power pack definitely meets that need!
  11. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hi from a new user!

    @Marcy Another thought.... Med-El says we can help line up the internal rotating magnet (which makes it hold better) by .... put Rondo 2 on your head rotate it to 2:00 position, then back to 10:00 position, then return to 12:00 position I do this with my Synchrony side when needed too. It makes a difference for me.
  12. 1 point
    Dave in Pittsburgh

    Hi from a new user!

    @Marcy welcome to HP I am bilateral had my first implant 2016 and second 2018 I have the (2) Sonnet and(1)-Rondo at first I did have the same problem with Rondo 2 falling off a lot had to do with internal swelling try just sliding the Rondo on your head instead of just placing it and try to part as much hair as possible. Dont get discourage it will all come together Keep in touch
  13. 1 point
    Rick H

    First post since activation

    @Jewel thanks jewel Yes I've got the same electrode, flex 28, so far I am loving this ! I can’t wait to hear the Sonnet2 & try out the new audiolink even though I am loving my Rondo2 so far! The first few days was a little tough as the magnet wasn’t strong enough & it kept falling off, but Medel sent me a #4 magnet right away no problem since! Great service! Music is coming across great too ! I can recognize songs on the radio as they play & my guitar sounds great! Heck I might even learn to play it! Lol thanks for your comments Rick H
  14. 1 point
    Tommy C

    First post since activation

    Congratulations Rick, I was activated on September 11, 2019. Your story sounds almost identical to mine. I had prepared myself for three to six months of very little understanding of speech, but I was understanding the audiologists before the activation session was over. I have had two new mapping sessions since activation and it just gets better each time. I did have trouble with the TV but that is all ok now. I too have the Rondo 2 and awaiting the new Sonnet 2. My implant is on my left side also with my old hearing aid on the right side. The Implant sounds so good that some days I never put the hearing aid on. I can tell that you are excited and I understand that because I am too. It is truly amazing, I feel so blessed and to think that I almost backed out of having it done. Please keep posting, I love hearing these success stories. Oh, by the way, I am a 79 year old male.
  15. 1 point
    @Mary Beth It certainly was a quick fix! I’m a happy camper!😊
  16. 1 point
    @Mary Beth @MED-EL Moderator Regarding the “ticking” issue in the t-coil which I experienced during the recent activation of my Rondo2s (see my earlier posting in this topic), I’m very pleased that the issue was addressed and successfully resolved very promptly by Med-El and my audiologist. Although I do not know the technical aspects of either the problem or the “fix”, my audiologist has applied the fix to my processors and the ticking is now gone. To any other Rondo2 user who may be experiencing a similar issue with the t-coil, I suggest you contact your audiologist to have the fix applied to your processor(s).
  17. 1 point
    Hello all, ALDA (Association of Late Deafened Adults) just announced the location of their annual conference for 2020. It is in Niagara Falls, NY October 21-25, 2020. I am attending and I hope many of you will attend too. Even if you do not plan on attending, it can be a great opportunity to meet up for fun in person either before or after the conference. Who is interested in meeting up in Niagara Falls NY before or after this conference? Who is interested in attending the conference? Tagging some people to start us off and hope many more will join in. This could be fun! @Dave in Pittsburgh @Mary Featherston @Jewel @Megan L. @Kara of Canada @Sandy @mgfiest @Carolmarie @Hicksy @Artsy @Hearing Again @Nikki @Angie @Joan
  18. 1 point
    Marion nancy


    Can not believe I had my one year checkup. Very little change to 6 month mapping. I have discovered a whole world. Rarely use Rogers pen now but love Atone 3 for streaming. Looking fed to meeting everyone October 2020
  19. 1 point

    Artone 3 Max

    @Mary Beth I wore the Sonnet. A coworker asked if I needed someone to sit in on the calls and I confidently said I could handle them by myself. 😊
  20. 1 point

    Artone 3 Max

    @iHM24 @Mary Beth No question...I love mine!
  21. 1 point
    Hi Marybeth Thank you so much for your assistance. Lori
  22. 1 point
    This is a great idea @Mary Beth!! I’m definitely going to look into this. My apartment came with a talking smoke alarm but I brought another smoke alarm with a strobe. If anyone ever knocks on my door while I’m sleeping, this might work! I have a door bell that flashes but...ya know most people don’t push it, they knock 👎 Thanks for sharing 😁
  23. 1 point
    Thank you Mary Beth - such reassuring news for a newbie on this exciting journey! I'll use this forum for more tips, apps and websites 😊
  24. 1 point

    Insurance - USA issue

    @Jdashiell You’re very welcome. I hope it’s helpful and somewhat reassuring as you approach Medicare. Good luck!
  25. 1 point
    As I don't have much head hair - I keep it short I use the close clip to clip on to my shirt collar. I have in the past used an ear clip but found it to be uncomfortable. The close clip has a stretchy monofilament which is great. The Rondo 1 has a similar close clip as well but not a stretchy monofilament 😞
  26. 1 point
    @Jdashiell Clever of you to discover the clicking problem with your Sonnet. Nice going! As you know, the Rondo2 doesn’t have a removable battery (by the user, at least), so there’s no option to change to disposable batteries. However, I just heard back from my audiologist that she thinks the cause of the ticking in my Rondo2 t-coil has been resolved and she will install a fix for me later this week. I hope she’s right!
  27. 1 point
    Tommy C

    New to the forum

    I also ware a cap when the occasion allows it. That keeps me from accidently knocking the Rondo 2 off.
  28. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Aural rehab tips from Mary Beth

    @pdk I love this International HearPeers forum. It’s my favorite CI forum/group. It is a public forum. Many, many times people sign up and introduce themselves by saying they have been reading the forum for a year before joining. So we never can tell the number of people who read our posts. But there is a much bigger audience than one may think. I encourage everyone to join in. Post. Share your successes. Ask questions. Make friends.
  29. 1 point

    New to HearPeers Forum

    Jan welcome. I started using AB clix on my iPad and found that, in the early going, it was helpful. However, after a while it wasn’t much of a challenge so I switched to angel sounds on my computer (the computer has many more option than just an iPad). Someone once pointed out that anything you listen to during the day is “rehab” because you are making your brain work to hear sounds/speech. I think it’s good to keep that in mind. I’ve been “activated” for about six months and it is a marathon, not a sprint. I admit that sitting in front of a computer doing aural rehab can be boring but if you think about all the positive aspects of being able to hear and understand you will realize it is worth it. I’m not where I want to be yet but even small improvements are a positive sign.
  30. 1 point
    OK thank you I am beginning to understand the process Dave
  31. 1 point
    Hi @Mary Beth, thanks for tagging us. @kblgy: Yes, you are right, your audiologist needs to make a small adjustment to the programming of your SONNET before you can use AudioKey via AudioLink. Please get in touch with your audiologist for assistance with this. Kind regards, Verena
  32. 1 point

    Hi I’m newly implanted 10/15/19.

    Thanks Mary Beth for your wonderful words, you and many others help everyone so much!. I am very excited to have the Rondo 2 less 3 batteries on my head and of course patience has never been one of my habits. 9,500.00 for the Rondo 2 teaches patience automatically for people over 65. Thanks again, i feel blessed having this wonderful site to come to when I am down.
  33. 1 point
    @MallaRuth what an awesome review! I LOVE it when we share reviews of tech! I LOVE my BOSE QC35 around the ear headphones. They are noise canceling for acoustic listeners. The noise canceling feature is optimized for sound entering the ear canal. With my OPUS2 BTE processors, sound enters the mic in the earhook. So they do dampen noise for me but not as much as they do for Jill who has acoustic hearing. They have terrific bass. They are comfortable on flights. On my right side, they never become uncomfortable. On my left side, sometimes on long flights they do become uncomfortable and then I either place a thin piece of moleskin between the OPUS2 and my ear or pop the OPUS2 off my ear and let it rest in the headphone cup. Be VERY careful when removing the headphones if you do this. Sonnet processors have had problems twice for me when using these headphones on flights (one short flight and one long flight). Somehow it messed up my Sonnet mics. I don’t understand what happened but have heard it from another Sonnet user too. The first time I thought it was a fluke. After the second time, I will never use headphones on my Sonnets while flying. Both times it happened to me, my processors had to be replaced. So I fly with my trusty OPUS2 processors which have never had a problem with headphones. Does anyone else here use headphones? What has been your experience using headphones with your processors?
  34. 1 point
    Hi Mary Beth and all I have recently had my bilateral hearing restored after implant failure on the right side. To celebrate my return to stereo sound, I decided to treat myself to some over the ear headphones. I’ve never owned a pair before. I use the bluetooth earhook headphones. They provide decent stereo sound, cost around £20 and have lasted for four years. However, I fancied trying something a little snazzier that might provide a better overall acoustic experience. After lots of research, I settled for a pair of Skullcandy headphones. I’d initially dismissed them as a trendy gimmick, but I tried out my sister’s Venue pair and the sound quality and fit were outstanding: https://www.skullcandy.co.uk/shop/headphones/bluetooth-headphones/venue I decided to try a different pair, and opted for the Crusher: https://www.skullcandy.co.uk/shop/headphones/bluetooth-headphones/crusher-wireless Verdict: I really like them, but they may not be for everybody. Pros: They sit nicely on my head (for me) to be picked up by the Sonnet mics. The sound is loud enough; I normally have the volume at around 2/3 the full volume. They provide balanced and clear stereo sound across a range of genres including classical, jazz, as well as more poppy and rocky songs. My favourite classical tracks still sound full and sweet on these. I LOVE the tactile bass! Even when switched off, the headphones provide a lot of vibration and movement. I find them very immersive. For a song or a movie with bassy sound, I only have to switch the bass lever up a little and the headphones thrum and vibrate. It’s really fun. Cons: Some people may find them too bass heavy. All my family tried them, all liked them, with my dad commenting they were too bassy for him. This is a matter of personal preference, I think. They size up a little small, and some people may find them tight. I can wear them comfortably for a couple of hours. They’re not noise cancelling and do leak a little sound, however, not too much. I’m really pleased that I dipped my toe in the water with OTE headphones, and I would definitely buy another pair.
  35. 1 point
    @Mary Beth, @Joan, I haven't Rondo 2 yet. However please share your experience with the experiment. I have curiosity to know it.
  36. 1 point
    @Mary Beth @Valentin i will test this out sometime in the coming week. I’m curious too!
  37. 1 point
    @Valentin Although I rarely travel now, the battery life is a concern I have too. I have just purchased a portable charger and plan to try it with my Rondo2 chargers. I’ve never used one (and I’m definitely not tech savvy!) but I’m hoping it will prove useful in such situations.
  38. 1 point
    @Mary Beth And, yes, it’s an awesome and exciting time to be a CI user!😊
  39. 1 point
    @Mary Beth You may not know the tech requirements of BT streaming, but you nailed it with the obstacles that need to be addressed! I, too, hope there are some knowledgeable members who will jump in on this.
  40. 1 point
    @Joan I know absolutely nothing about the tech requirements of BT streaming but there are members here who do understand this kind of stuff so maybe they will jump in. There are a few obstacles with direct BT streaming that need to be addressed...... -need it to work on both iOS and Android devices -need it to stream to two receivers (one on each side for bilateral or bimodal users) -need it to deliver true stereo (separate left and right audio for instrumental music) -need it to use the least amount of battery power so our rechargeable batteries still last a full listening day -need it to be fast so there is no perceptible audio lag when watching videos Right now the CI brands are approaching BT streaming in various ways with varying degrees of success. -introducing direct BT only for iOS at first and expanding to Android years later -streaming to only one side even for bilateral CI users -using intermediary proprietary devices -using third party BT streaming options -using a BT receiver that is attached to the bottom of a BTE CI processor It is an exciting time to be a CI user! Tech is advancing so fast and the CI brands are all competing hard to reach new candidates with enticing features. We benefit from this! Sometimes I wonder what the top level CI engineers think about all of this. It wasn’t that long ago when their focus was on helping us understand speech in quiet without looking. Now we want great music, BT connectivity, smaller and smaller processors, longer and longer rechargeable battery life, etc. Smile. It is a great time to be a CI user indeed.
  41. 1 point
    @Mary Beth Yes, five years after becoming a bilateral Rondo user (left side 02/2014; right side 09/2014), I upgraded to Rondo2s , which were activated two days ago 10/23/2019. My decision to upgrade to Rondo2 vs Sonnets was an easy one. My clinic is a two-processor clinic. I chose both an Opus2 and a Rondo for each ear and, in addition, was fortunate to be implanted during Med-El’s promotional period that offered a free Rondo with each implant. That was the best thing that could have happened! Although prior to being implanted, I fully expected to become an Opus2 user. However, from the first time I put on my Rondo, I was hooked! No more BTE hearing aid OR processor! After five very successful years with Rondos, upgrading to Rondo2s was a no-brainer! While I’m only two days in to my journey with Rondo2s, I am extremely pleased with them. They are lighter than Rondo1s, the sound is clearer, they recharge quickly and easily (and no more disposable batteries 😊), they are off my ear...and they even have mic covers that exactly match my grey hair! 😅 As with anything new, there are differences from my previous Rondos that I’m having to adjust to with my Rondo2s. The microphone seems to be much more sensitive, especially when the processors are touched. I liken it to the sensitivity of the Rondo without a mic cover. While I am hearing clearer and better in conversation and small groups, for some reason my brain is still adjusting to voices on television. That being said, however, that adjustment is already improving. There is one single issue I have with the Rondo2s. During activation, I wanted to test the t-coil while using my Artone 3 MAX neckloop. When I switched to either MT or T, I heard a ticking, akin to a quick-paced metronome, in both processors, on all programs. Fortunately, a Med-El rep (who’s also an audiologist) happened to be at the clinic that day and had been invited to sit in on my MAPping. Neither she nor my audiologist had ever had such a sound reported by a Rondo2 user. We tried multiple things hoping to eliminate the sound, all to no avail. Contact was made with an audiologist at the NC headquarters. She was just as baffled. She had an employee who wears Rondo2s to test as I was doing and the result was the same. I have been assured the problem will be reported and researched. I can only hope they find a solution soon. I enjoy listening to both audiobooks and music using the t-coil and, at present, the ticking is a distraction that is always apparent to me in both MT and T. I would be interested in knowing if others have experienced the same. If I have one disappointment with the Rondo2s, it is that they lack Bluetooth connectivity. I understand that is high on the list of possible improvements for the next generation Rondo, but, unfortunately, I will have a long wait for that. As Mary Beth said, I’m happy (and, yes, even patient!) to answer any questions about my upgrade from Rondo to Rondo2 ...the upgrade process, the processors, etc.
  42. 1 point
    @Mary Beth Wow, this has great potential for another get-together! I’ll definitely put it in my radar. Lucky you that it’ll be so close to home!😊
  43. 1 point

    Hello and Surgery Date

    Hi Mary Beth. Yes I am. I’ve had it going on seven years and love it. I can only get a new one if this one becomes inoperable. Our government will then pay a portion of the cost of a new processor and Med el will take this one back and reimburse me some of the cost.
  44. 1 point
    @Megan L. Looking forward to meeting in person finally! Smile
  45. 1 point
    Wonderful news. I haven't even being doing rehab really. I will do my third mapping next week. It will be interesting to see how I do. Really hearing well so far..... Wishing you all the best in hearing.....
  46. 1 point
    I wanted to post a 6 month update, saw Audi yesterday for testing. Best News! Ahead of all expected milestones! Even scored 'normal' on the speech in background noise test. Audi said there is nothing more she could hope for, and we'll re-test at 12 months. Functionally my hearing is not 'normal' or perfect but it's pretty damn good. I can operate in most environments without undue stress, maybe more focus than previous. I'm working on the music modules now in angel sounds - that is hard and the area I most want to improve now. More rehab!!!
  47. 1 point
    @Mary Featherston Pink Martini!
  48. 1 point
    Okay, thanks, Mary Beth!
  49. 1 point

    Hi to everyone

    It is valuable to have a listening partner/coach and take notes in the beginning months. I have a great audiologist but an an audiologist is not going to be able to get the full picture of strengths and weaknesses through a 25-word list in a hearing booth. During the initial months of having a CI, I had done an online search for word lists used for hearing tests as well as sentence matrixes. My listening coach would track which words I got incorrect and if there was a pattern of missed consonants and vowels that I could report on at my next mapping appointment. Those frequencies that the consonants and vowels can be adjusted. Music took time, and I understood male vocalists before women vocalists. Now, I'm picking out the words that I've had wrong in songs after decades of wearing hearing aids.
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