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  1. 5 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. 4 points
    Mary Featherston

    It's the Little Things

    Yesterday I was able to use my new superpower for real: we had an 8.5 hour flight and a toddler two rows ahead screamed for at least three of those hours (intermittently throughout the flight). I just popped the magnets off my implants. 🙂
  3. 4 points
    @JewelHi everyone!! I've been implanted for 7 months. Boy did you CI vets hit it on the head when you said after implantation would be super super busy.
  4. 3 points
    Hi everyone i just wanted to thank everyone for sharing your experiences & advice! It really helped me to make an informed decision! I had my pre-op appointment with my surgeon & audiologists yesterday. In 2 weeks from today I’ll start my new journey & be implanted with a Med-el Synchrony with Sonnet2/Rondo2 processors! Yeah!!😀 getting nervous but I’m sure it is going to be great! thanks again Rick H
  5. 3 points
    Mary Featherston


    I had my interview yesterday. Spent an hour walking around the plant with the hiring manager - this is a noisy plant, it's where they make all the Scotch tape and masking tape (among other things). But I could hear Bob throughout! I put my CIs on adaptive and turned down sensitivity a bit and it worked really well. After that we had another hour in a conference room with Bob and two other guys and that went really well too. AND we went to lunch at a noisy restaurant and I even heard them then. I won't find out whether I got the job till a week from Monday, but the interview already made me really happy from the standpoint of my CIs' performance.
  6. 3 points
    Well, there you go. @Jewel covered pretty much everything. 🙂 Probably the biggest thing is the impact on just normal interaction at home with my husband. I hadn't realized till I got my CIs how much I was withdrawing and just not communicating. We talk again, and do more together again.
  7. 3 points
    While we were at Med-El Innsbruck, Med-El filmed videos of our CI journeys. Here is a link to my video if you are interested ...
  8. 2 points
    MED-EL Moderator

    warranty or damage OPUS-2

    Hi @imran khan, we've sent you a private message for more information Best regards, Verena
  9. 2 points
    Just submitted my request to upgrade to Rondo2s. If all goes well, they’ll be activated October 23rd. Can’t wait!😊
  10. 2 points

    Some concerns before the surgery

    I also found that my tinnitus, which was very loud, is not at all noticeable when wearing my processor. I can still sense it when I go to bed but it's fading, I forget it's there some nights.
  11. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    Some concerns before the surgery

    @Evren post CI surgery tinnitus is quite common. It is also common to experience strange tinnitus in the beginning when you remove your processors for the night. My tinnitus is so much better with CIs.
  12. 2 points

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Thanks @Mary Beth. I was able to access the app via the website. Strange that it wouldn't show up in the App Store otherwise.
  13. 2 points
    Yesterday I went to the Arboretum and walked and looked at the trees and flowers. And the bees. And listened to birds! My walk took me through the woods at some places and the birds were just chirping away. And I was so glad to have my Rondo2s because it was warm and I was sweating pretty profusely.
  14. 2 points
    @Kylie, that's wonderful, I'm glad it's going so well for you. I referred to myself as a CI-borg in a meeting last week. I'm trying to get my new co-workers as used to this as my old ones were - though my friends at my old site were with me last year while I was being implanted, so it's a bit different. Our site IT manager has a toddler son who was born without external ears and uses AdHear from the sound of it - I haven't spoken to Keith about it yet, I've not got to know him that well yet. But the way others have described the child's devices there's not much else it could be.
  15. 2 points
    @thomseabrook Thanks for the last email Thom. That is very clever. By looping at the hinge of rubber port there's little tension on the port cover. Thanks a whole bunch. C T Lex cc: @Mary Beth
  16. 2 points
    Me too @Mary Beth. Glad I took a leap of faith and got the CI.
  17. 2 points
    I am a huge fan of aural rehab as many of you know. It helped me take my brain from static/beeps to awesome listening. We have shared many apps and online sites here in our rehab topic. It is also important to practice listening with live voices. Here is a sequence of sheets to use with a family member/friend. I trained with these sheets too. Enjoy!
  18. 2 points
    Mary Featherston


    Um, no. It's farther from home, BUT - we are looking to move when I retire (in about 5 years or so) and if I get the job in Hutch we'll move earlier. In fact possibly this year. Tomorrow we're going to look at a house that's in the same town as the plant where I'm applying. Well, it's just outside of town - isolated and on a lake. The property actually includes a small island in the lake. So we'll see. It would be serendipitous if we bought the house and I get the job.
  19. 2 points
    I heard someone knock on my door not using the buzzer. Began using the phone and Cel phone without any assistance devices. Can watch tv without Rogers pen but upped th sound. Can understand words in songs that I had not heard before. Told I speak much quieter and clearer. I am sure the high pitch sounds will soon come.
  20. 2 points
    Well I still have difficulty hearing on the the phone, 😞 working on that. However, I have music back in my life I am able to play guitar and Bass and listen to all kinds of music!!
  21. 2 points
    @Mary Featherston It’s a great feeling being able to understand everybody you talk to (for the most part)!!
  22. 2 points
    Love that I forget the sad part that in fact, once upon a time, I completely lost my hearing, and with it a big chunk of things I cared about in life. It was not really long ago but now feels like a different lifetime. From the moment I have my CIs on till the time they go to the dry box at night, I have my life, my music, regular communication, lots of sounds as well as birds song - back. At the end of the day I feel I can accomplish anything. Improved mental health definitely a huge plus. I love my CIs for giving me a reason to love life again. I also love that my CIs made it possible for me play music . Something I haven't done for over 2 decades.
  23. 2 points
    Hi all,I'm Granipeggy from NC( Peggy) I joined a few weeks back.I had my CI done Tuesday past and came home yesterday! It was amazing! I've had NO PAIN except a slight headache that comes and goes,and my usual chronic back pain.I can't believe there's so little pain! I return to Dr.Pillsbury at UNC hosp.in Chapel Hill,NC.on Jan 28th,for post-op check,and to have the processor turned on.Im very optimistic,and excited. I'm wishing you all the best as you go through your own journeys.
  24. 2 points

    POLL: Top of your Med-El Wish List

    Nice wishlist
  25. 2 points

    newby CI in the future

    The choise FOR me is made: Sonnet. Cant get a Rondo at this moment. Maybe later when the adjustment of my brain is made with the Sonnet...
  26. 2 points

    ADHEAR experiences

    I believe this is the right spot - Mary Beth! This forum is new but my name is Nicole and I am an Adhear user - I just did my one month follow up
  27. 2 points

    Newly implanted 5-year old

    Hi @Julie72 - let me start by wishing you and especially your daughter all the best for her haring journey! 😊 Like @Mary Beth said I am ssd and use a concerto/opus 2 by Medel for my deaf ear!my opus 2 came with a connection cable that lets you directly connect the processor with things like an iPod/smartphone/laptop and found that helpful for training, as otherwise, when training, you always hear with your hearing ear as well (note: I was told not to use that cable when devices are being charged).so I would listen to music/audio books I like with that cable to train just the hearing through the processor!However I am sorry - I don't know of any specific child-friendly training apps and, as I don't use a Roger pen I can't say anything about the specifics of how that gets along with ssd!if there's anything you'd like to know about ssd and things like going to school, tips for noisy environments, etc. just let me know and I am happy to help! 😊
  28. 2 points
    if all goes well.. be there
  29. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    Test: Polls

    It’s going to be fun to use! @Megan L.
  30. 2 points
    It’s now midday for wearing a Sonnet with recharging batteries on the right and the Rondo2 on the left. I was just signaled to change batteries on the right which will carry my thru to bedtime. The Rondo2 will last well beyond that but I will set it on the charging base tonight and have recharged batteries in the am for Sonnet and Rondo2 will be ready to go all day.
  31. 2 points
    MED-EL Moderator

    Happy Holidays!

    Dear HearPeers Community, All of us in the MED-EL Social Media Team would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy start to 2019! We will be monitoring this forum on a limited basis over the holiday period (now until the 2nd January). Please do continue to tag @MED-EL Moderator if you have any technical issues or questions, but please bear in mind that it might take us longer to respond. Thanks for making 2018 a wonderful year on the HearPeers Forum! Kind regards, Barbara, Mary and Verena
  32. 2 points
    I enjoy meeting other Med-El users in person, especially new friends I have made through social media forums. Some ways I have been able to meet others so far..... -I traveled to NC for a Hands On Hearing workshop. We organized meeting up for dinner the night before. Great times! -I travel to NYC for my CI appts. We organized meeting up for dinner and a group of us from NY and NJ had a great meal together. -I live in a rural area but there have been a few Med-El Mingle events within a 3 hour radius. I have attended 2 so far. It’s great to meet other Med-El users. -One of the first Med-El users I met traveled a couple of hours from her home to meet up while I was on vacation in Florida. A fun afternoon on the beach. Some of these friendships have extended way past our shared CI experiences. We continue to get together as friends and share good times. Some dear friends and I are still awaiting our first in person meetings. I am looking forward to those. After spending 3 days at the Med-El Meetup last month, I am reminded of how powerful and meaningful these in person meetings can be for us. I encourage you to reach out to others (through HearPeers or other forums) and meet for coffee or dinner or a walk at a park. We have a lot to offer each other on our journeys. I hope you make some lifelong friendships this way too. And maybe post a picture to share. ?
  33. 2 points
    Question for you all, and a kind of WOWish moment. Yesterday I noticed that there was an apparently sudden increase in volume in my new CI, and with it a significant increase in clarity too. I don't recall that happening with the first - anyone heard of it before? It was amazing, last night when I was on the treadmill I had to turn down the volume on the TV. I mean, honestly, before this, I can't recall when I turned the volume down. From me you wouldn't have known that the volume controls GO down.
  34. 2 points

    Quick intros

    This is our little village so far. We add a new building each year - we have a large table to cover so it's a tradition that will last years! So far we have a train, fire station, ski chalet, ice rink, train station, toy shop and lots of little minifigs doing cute things like carolling or skiing.
  35. 1 point

    I am thankful to Med-El for....

    I’m so very thankful for all the same reasons @Mary Beth listed, plus..... How much my bilateral hearing has improved the quality of my life That my age (72 when implanted) was not a deterrent to receiving my implants That, at the time of my implants (both in 2014), Med-El’s implant was the only one FDA approved for MRIs (which are an ongoing medical necessity for me) That my implants coincided with a grandchild’s first birthday and I’ve always been able to understand conversations with her since her first words...something I was unable to do with two older grandchildren I offer very grateful thanks to Med-El for my new hearing, my new friends...for bringing my life to life!😊
  36. 1 point
    @Mary Beth It certainly was a quick fix! I’m a happy camper!😊
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    @Mary Beth And, yes, it’s an awesome and exciting time to be a CI user!😊
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  40. 1 point

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Hi All, I'm the developer working with the Hearoes app and wanted to say thanks very kindly for posting this @Mary Beth along with everyone's feedback. It is much appreciated. Personally, I found the rehabilitation side of auditory feedback quite challenging, which is why I originally developed Hearoes and have ended up releasing it for free to help others who have faced a similar challenge with training. As I'm always looking to improve the experience and help those with the auditory training process, if you had any feedback or any challenges you're facing with training, please don't hesitate to let me know and you're welcome to reach out here, by DM or via our website https://www.games4hearoes.com/ as I would love to hear from you and how we can help. You're feedback is invaluable as I've been able continually update the app to address a lot of the bugs (such as the sign in process) as well as the addition to new content based on the feedback from those experiencing Hearoes. Elliot
  41. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Bottom of Rondo 2 magnet color

    Circle versus triangle markings on magnets must match our internal implant. Synchrony types of internals use triangle marked magnets.
  42. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Request for new TOPIC folder

    Thank you Mary! @MED-EL Moderator
  43. 1 point
    Thanks @Mary Beth You may be on to something. The eyelets are 1/16" in diameter, the opening within no more than 1/32". So maybe a needle threader could spread the opening sufficiently to create the loop? I had no idea what a threader was until your post. Thank you, again. It's an ugly solution but one can always tie the clip. I will certainly do that before going untethered C T lex
  44. 1 point
    Yes Mary Beth, here a photo. I use an invisible fish line from the aligator to Rondo
  45. 1 point
    If I remember right I think I got 11 boxes for each Sonnet kit
  46. 1 point
    @Lynn Agnes Welcone to Hear Peers! Our friend @VeroNika has single sided deafness and is a superb pianist. Wishing you the very best!
  47. 1 point
    Hi Mary Beth,you asked me recently about what online sites my audiologist told me about to work on my listening here at home? These are on the list she gave me,that are free,but there were others that l can buy if ll choose to. 1)Soundscape,2)Angel Sound3)The Listening Room 4)Audio Concentration/Matching game 5) Randall`s ESL Cyber Listening Lab. 1.www,medel.com/us/Soundscape 2 angelsound.tigerspeech.com 3thelisteningroom.com 4 www.manythings.org/ac/ 5 www.esl-lab.com Also,l have a question: in some of the brochures l recieved,I saw that some folks clean the battery compartment with a q-tip dipped in alcohol? That wasn't mentioned at my activation visit.Should l be doing this? Thanks!
  48. 1 point
    Possibly, I really don't know. Another thing I might ask!
  49. 1 point
    @Jewel I hope you don’t need it too. It’s more comfortable to use weaker magnet strengths as long as they stay in place and have a good connection for transmitting the signal.
  50. 1 point
    Mary Featherston

    Training speech in noise

    This is my kind of rehab! ? In fact I'm headed to lunch with some coworkers shortly!
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