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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm back here I'm not sure where I've left off here, but I got implanted 2 years ago on my right side and it is awesome. I got implanted with Cochlear and not Medel tho, so I can't really speak about my experience with Medel. Anyway it's really good. Much better than any hearing aid I ever used. I am hearing very well, almost normally. Would say above 90% for speech. Sometimes I can even hear lyrics to songs I listen for the first time, and also TV shows without closed captioning. Cinemas are still a little difficult tho. Maybe it's the surrounding. As for whethe
    5 points
  2. 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 unders
    5 points
  3. Hi @PamR Sorry for the delayed response, haven't checked my notifications for a whole week while I was moving house! Anyway... I also became SSD suddenly, at age 38, following an ear infection. I also found it affected my orientation, not hearing people behind me (very off putting when surprised and hard for my kids who weren't heard unless they were face to face). And it affected my enjoyment of all noisy environments, which I started avoiding. I rescheduled all my catch ups to quiet coffees at home or at an outdoor cafe. Weddings and funerals were a hearing nightmare - too man
    4 points
  4. Just heard the rain 😀 although crackerly at the moment.
    4 points
  5. I went to the activation this afternoon and it went really well. The sound for the new side seems louder and more tinny than my old one but I understand that will improve. The plus is I am able to understand speech with just the new side. I am thrilled with that. Initially my Audi was going to keep the processor off the ear but the incision does not hurt at all so I am trying it on the ear for now. Thanks for all the well wishes. No to go through my new box of goodies.😀
    4 points
  6. Mary Beth

    Artone 3 Neckloop

    I am thankful for this gift of hearing that is enabling me to hear hours and hours of remote meetings and instruction.
    4 points
  7. I’ll be there! Sorry I missed you guys this time. Hope you had a great chat. ... Things area going reasonably well at the hospital. With some luck, I should be home on Friday.
    3 points
  8. Thanks for the choir channel, @Kylie! Also, I meant to say when we were talking about the Artone neckloop that I often leave my office and walk to the printer, in another room while on calls. I can hear, but can't speak, of course, but it's kind of cool to walk into another room and still know what's going on.
    3 points
  9. A fabulous chat today! We had 10 HP members join in. I love how helpful everyone is sharing their own experiences with CIs and tech and helping each other troubleshoot. Our monthly chats are the best benefit of social media. Friendships and connections worldwide. Stay safe everyone. As discussed, we will schedule a meeting for November and then skip December due to holidays and start back up in January.
    3 points
  10. Link to my choir's channel, as discussed... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZY6W1sKj6_s7cFep-ntorg/videos
    3 points
  11. Mary Beth

    Rondo 3 thoughts

    I have spent a lot of time lately pondering which processor to choose as my next processor. I have decided on Rondo 3. Thank you to all of the happy Rondo 2 users for your posts. It really made me consider choosing the Rondo family. Many people who are fortunate to have both Sonnet 1 or 2 and Rondo 2 processors have commented about choosing to use Rondo 2 except in noise where the dual mics of Sonnets are helpful. So many people have chosen this same thing. Now that Rondo 3 has dual mics and uses the same adaptive intelligence as Sonnet 2 (ASM3), it should perform just as well in
    3 points
  12. @Mary Beth I saw my audiologists Fri and next year I’m due due for my 5 yr upgrade, for my right side but two years later I’m due for the upgrade on left side as we talk it was decided to wait the extra two years and replace both at same time and as we discuss the various options who knows what will be improved on by then or even Rondo 4. My biggest improvement with the hearing test was with understanding with background noise I was so impressed and happy as for a long while I’ve been working on this I could tell I had issues with this and it has been conquered with patience and pers
    3 points
  13. Mary Beth

    Rondo 3 thoughts

    Thank you @Salik It may be awhile before I get Rondo 3. I prefer to wait until ASM 3 is available here in the US. It has been available in other countries ever since Sonnet 2 was released. I want to experience Rondo 3 the way it was designed to work optimally.... using ASM 3. Although Sonnet 2 also is designed to work with ASM 3, in the US it is using ASM 2 since ASM 3 has not been approved by the FDA yet. Rondo 3 release in the US is expected before the end of the year but it is being released using ASM 2. So I will wait until ASM 3 is released in the
    3 points
  14. That was exactly how I felt - my natural residual hearing was almost worthless. Two CIs are not. I got my second implant as soon as I could after the first.
    3 points
  15. Definitely looking forward to going bilateral and hearing in surround sound!
    3 points
  16. Ahhhh! I asked for this like 2 or 3 years ago when we did that video for the Med El employees to watch 😊 I specifically asked if they could do something like Bluetooth since it wouldn’t drain the battery too much. Omg I’m so excited we are getting this and that they listen to our requests!!!!
    3 points
  17. Direct..... yup direct....bilateral.....true stereo.....STREAMING for Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2! I am sooooo excited! https://www.medel.com/hearing-solutions/accessories/connectivity/audiostream?fbclid=IwAR21qadWSv3tZmVt72AJ1k1VbIo7Dh1OHGHI4vs2t3SC4H3WB3pId9C5SJg
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  18. Sunday September 13 9:30 am New York time start time chat opens at 9:15 for socializing Google Meet with free live captioning All are welcome. Smile If you are interested in joining in, just reply here so you are included in the email invite.
    3 points
  19. I made two YouTube videos showing how to use Google Meet (free, works on all devices) for video meetings with free live captioning. One video shows using Google Meet on computers. The other video shows using Google Meet on tablets. The videos are captioned. https://youtu.be/I5OhrkVlPzw https://youtu.be/b6MRH3irQI8
    3 points
  20. @Mary Beth @Mary Featherston Sorry that I was unable to join today. I woke up late and then I had a jam-packed day. We weren't affected by the hurricane. Just a lot of rain at times.
    3 points
  21. I've been cutting my own hair since March. First two times my wife helped, but now I have gotten used to it and do it myself. I've been so dissatisfied withe the stylists I've tried here in NoVA since moving last fall, these have turned out to be my best haircuts in a long time.
    3 points
  22. @Megan L. yes. I did have to take an attitude the first time that even if he dorked it up, the thing about hair is that it grows back. But he didn't do too badly. There were little bits sticking out that I had to fix with a small scissor in the bathroom but the second time was much better.
    3 points
  23. @Nikki, you're having in-person meetings? Wow. We don't, anymore. Everything's on MS Teams, which is GREAT for me because 1) it forced me to face my fear of the telephone, and 2) it sounds really clear with my neckloop. It's been far, far better than I expected.
    3 points
  24. @phobos512 Happy that all went well. Rest up and enjoy your final weeks of silence. Lots of sounds await you on activation! Hope you will find the journey amazing as many of us did.
    3 points
  25. Hi everyone. I just got done with my post surgical follow-up appointment. Everything is looking good. Stitches are about 75% dissolved my doctor told me. Plenty of fluid in my middle ear space, which I knew already, and should go away over the coming weeks. Activation two weeks from today. Dizziness is mostly gone aside from when I am lying in bed and I switch sides I can get a little bit. Never had any nausea, never needed to take so much as a Tylenol since the surgery. He told me the surgery was really easy, my anatomy made things very straightforward, and that bodes well for the other
    3 points
  26. Hey everyone! Back at home just now. Little bit of dizziness but nothing too bad. Raging tinnitus in right ear but I know that's to be expected. I am sure I am still feeling after effects of anesthesia some but very limited pain so far, mild discomfort I would say. Hospital staff were amazing, so great and nice to us and accommodating. Since end of January I have been drinking only water so wow was the apple juice they had for me a sugar bomb. Woo... Dry mouth but throat is not too sore. Anyway, that's about it for now. Going to rest a bit.
    3 points
  27. I lost most of my acoustic hearing when I was a baby. Since I grew up with it, I didn't really have a mourning since I didn't really experience hearing beyond hearing aids. Even still, with hearing aids, it was ok but not great. I'm pretty much a deaf person in a hearing world, which means I've been extremely reliant on hearing aids and have relied heavily on sign language interpreters (they're amazing rock stars) in my education. Life will raise challenges that hearing people do not usually have to contend with. It's the attitude that I take on that will allow me to rise above the challe
    3 points
  28. Kirk S.

    Very interesting read

    Hi Mary Beth. Thanks for this. Yeah, I sorta thought that programming was a lot more systematic than seems to be the case. “Guess-and-check approach based on subjective patient feedback”!??? Yikes. “Guess” is not a word that you want to hear (no pun intended) when you are talking about medical care. Well, good luck to the Vanderbilt team... By the way, I took your advice and asked to see a different team of audiologists here in Tokyo. The new team seemed to think my most recent mapping was a disaster, so they recommended that we start over from the beginning and re-set everything t
    3 points
  29. It is free but we need to register. It will be captioned. I registered. Here is the info: You are invited to a virtual HEARPEERS meeting. During this hour long webinar our MEDEL experts will be discussing listening practice and strategies to help during this time of facial coverings and masks. Many cochlear implant recipients rely on lip reading to help them understand speech and therefore may feel discouraged with their speech understanding during this time. However, there are programs and strategies that you can use to help you and I hope you are able to attend the vi
    3 points
  30. I am SO excited to meet all of your amazing people!
    3 points
  31. Today two friends stopped by for a short socially distanced visit in our backyard. Four people all wearing masks, sitting in chairs set up at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 & 9:00 around a 12 foot circle. Seems like some crazy CI research experiment. I heard very well. It blows my mind that before getting CIs, I couldn’t follow a conversation involving 4 people even if we were sitting around a small table. I am very thankful for this gift of hearing from my bilateral CIs.
    3 points
  32. Somewhat similar to this. I have a coworker that I work closely with. I tend to try to start conversations, when we're in our respective offices, with skype. You know, I type, he types. But Brian is a slow typist and he doesn't really like it. Yesterday he called my office phone, and I knew it was him because we have caller ID. So I answered and said, Brian, you KNOW I'm not that comfortable on the phone! I never know if I will hear. His response? You CAN hear. I mean, sometimes he's wrong, but you know, mostly he's right.
    3 points
  33. UPDATED Date for July!!!!!! Sunday July 5 !!!!!!!! 9:30 New York time We welcome more HP members! Anyone else want to join in? @Mary Beth YES @Jewel YES @Dave in Pittsburgh YES @Kirk S. YES @Tracey_66 YES @Kylie YES @Mary Featherston YES @Valentin YES @Joan YES @Nikki YES @Megan L. YES @Watersail MAYBE @phobos512 YES Google Meet is a free app. Download
    3 points
  34. @Jewel @Mary Beth Was reading this thread and I pretty much meet the conditions in my left ear for what you were discussing ("...born with normal hearing, then hearing loss in teens or early adulthood, then profoundly deaf for 40 years, then CI") . So I figure I'll share my experience... The only thing I'm uncertain about is whether I was born deaf in my left ear or whether it progressed rapidly during early childhood (my parents have said there was no mention of hearing problems at my birth). However, I do know with certainty that I was already profoundly deaf in that ear by early
    3 points
  35. @Tracey_66 Sorry you missed out on this time. We may be deaf but we are all chatterboxes! 😂😂😂😂 Next time you will see.
    3 points
  36. Both dates are fine for me. @Kirk S. we had the first meeting at 8:30 Central time, which was also 8:30 for Jewel in Jamaica, it was 9:30 for Mary Beth, and it was 8:30 (I think) PM for Kylie in Australia. So we can make it work, we don't have to make you get up at 4:00 am!
    3 points
  37. Hicksy

    favorite WOW moments

    My latest “Wow” moment is the other day I had a phone interview for a job! It went pretty well. I lost the ability to talk on the phone years ago and still shy away from using one but to actually be able to accomplish this was great! To actually consider my hearing has recovered enough to return to work was also unthinkable before the implant. So I guess a couple of “Wow” moments.
    3 points
  38. Dear HearPeers, As the situation around the world develops due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we just wanted to let you know that MED-EL is here for you. Our local teams continue to offer customer support in whatever way country restrictions allow them to. You can find the contact for your nearest MED-EL office here: https://www.medel.com/about-medel/med-el-offices-worldwide We are still moderating this forum during the week (Monday to Friday) so if you have any other questions you are always welcome to tag or message us. All the best, The HearPeers Support Team
    3 points
  39. My department is working from home. We connect via Microsoft Teams every work day. There is video and audio. I'm amazed that I can hear what my colleagues are saying when I have minimised the window and I'm working in another app. This would not have been possible without my CI. I've been wearing only Rondo2 since last week when I started to work from home. I've also been doing a lot of Zoom meetings and hear well with just Rondo2. Artone is still my goto ALD if I'm in office and have a webinar though. Also great for listening to music!
    3 points
  40. Mary Beth

    Rogerpen vs Audiolink

    @Valentin I have used both. AudioLink works only with Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2 Roger works with almost all CI processors and hearing aid brands AudioLink only requires 1 piece (AudioLink) and sends the signal to an internal receiver in the Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2. Roger requires more than 1 piece. The Pen or Select (I prefer the Select) sends the audio to Roger receivers. These receivers can be attached to processors or hearing aids (like the Roger 21 integrated battery cover receiver for Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2) or can be a neckloop receiver (Roger MyLink) a
    3 points
  41. We just got about six inches of snow, as as my husband is two counties away, I went out to clear the driveway. I don't use the snowblower much and don't recall much about using it, so I just shoveled, the snow is light and fluffy. But I put a hat on - I'd never worn a hat over the Rondo2s before. Worked really nicely, though. Two of my neighbors walked over for a chat (nothing like everyone being out clearing their driveways to forge a bond) and we talked for a bit and shoveled for a bit. I've never been used to wearing hats because they made my hearing aids beep. It's nice to know t
    3 points
  42. Jdashiell

    Who has Rondo 2?

    I have Rondo 1 and a Rondo 2 as well as Sonnets - which I tend to use more often - due to the 2 microphones and all that offers. I use the Rondos as back up processors. I really like the Rondo 2 simply from the recharge once over night - while I sleep. Then its useable ALL day long. The Rondo1 takes disposable batteries that only last a few days AND it takes 3 batteries. I use disposable battiest in my Sonnets too because I had an issue with the rechargeable battery frame on 1 Sonnet. Despite trials and tribulations, I LOVE MY MEDEL processors and implants because they allow m
    3 points
  43. 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 points
  44. MED-EL Moderator

    Hi!

    Hi @Robert thanks for your question! I just double-checked with our product experts and they confirmed that SCUBA diving also should not be a problem with CONCERTO implants: "Most water sports should not cause any problem as long as the external parts of the implant system are removed. If headgear or face mask are worn, care must be taken to ensure that the strap is not too tight over the site of the implant. In case the MED‑EL implant user wants to dive, the user should consult an experienced physician about the possibilities and personal restrictions when performing water sports, espe
    2 points
  45. Like you @Kylie I had ordered skinit designs prior to my surgery and was ready to deck out my FineTuner as soon as we returned home after activation. I still have that same skinit design cover on that FineTuner. It’s a sea turtle underwater scene. I am happy to show my CIs to anyone. They have changed my life.
    2 points
  46. @Mary Beththank you so much. It was wonderful speaking and meeting everyone. How fortunate I am to Medel for picking me for their research programme or I would still be in a waiting list. It is just recently the government is realizing how important it is for seniors to hear to avoid isolation and early dementia. We still have a long way to go. But what resources we have have on hand once accepted are truly unbelievable and exceptional. It is just recently Medel is recognizing Canadians and we will have a Canadian webnair this week. So excited
    2 points
  47. That's a difficult one. I had my left ear implanted. Speech recognition was only 12%. With the implant, it's 93%. My right ear which has the hearing aid is only 32% That test was over a year ago and I feel it is worse than that now. So I have really nothing to lose by getting the right ear done. It sounds like you have fairly good speech recognition with your hearing aid.
    2 points
  48. It was great seeing you all and taking live! I hardly ever drink coffee as it makes me sleepy! Strange huh! Btw Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee is rated among the best in the world. I was really impressed with Google Meet and the accuracy of the captions. I look forward to future virtual coffee chats 😊.
    2 points
  49. It sure would be a lot easier for all of us if there was some kind of crystal ball we could gaze into and see our lives post implant & adjustment to the CI! Smile 😊 Trust whatever decision you make. Embrace it and enjoy the journey. Life with CIs is amazing! @Melissa
    2 points
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