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  1. Darlene Mac

    The WOW that never ends

    @diana We also live in the country. There are so many wonderful and unique sounds. That reminds me of one WoW moment I almost forgot...honking geese! I nearly jumped out of my skin the first time I heard the geese flying overhead! 🙂
    2 points
  2. Kylie

    What does music sound like to you

    Yes I have used angel sounds as part of my music practise too. I began with the widest intervals (which were hard enough early on!) Then gradually moved to smaller intervals. I still find music the hardest part of rehab and the slowest to notice change but it is still improving 2 years on.
    2 points
  3. My daughter has SSD and had CI almost a year ago. She was 11 at the time. She had a tough 24 hours, mainly from the discomfort of having the surgical dressing/cup over her ear and surgical site. After that her pain was very manageable with Tylenol. She went from 0 word recognition on her deaf ear to now 85% at our last test in July. She won't admit to me that the CI has made a positive impact for her, but she certainly can identify words and sounds from her processor, which makes me think that she must be able to localize where sound is coming from. From the perspective of safety, I'd like to consider that a win.
    2 points
  4. John R

    Bimodal Music streaming

    I would totally agree, for Music we have to get back to as natural a listening position and delivery system as possible. We can discuss Headphone brands another day 😊
    1 point
  5. John R

    Bimodal Music streaming

    @artkup I’m not sure of the phonak compatibility with the Rondo. give me a few days to investigate.
    1 point
  6. Darlene Mac

    The WOW that never ends

    My first WOW moment was minutes after activation. I could hear these little beeps. I asked my audiologist what was beeping. She laughed and pointed to my husband sitting across the room...texting the kids. I could hear his phone beeping when he was dialing! After the surgery, all I wanted was to go to our cottage and see the ocean...my happy and healing place. As my audiologist recommended, I wasn't wearing my hearing aid...relying on the CI only! That was very scary. I was lying on the deck enjoying the sun, almost asleep, when I felt a tickle in my previously deaf left ear...I heard my husband say, "Dar, can you come here a minute?" It had been so long since I heard speech in that ear that I wasn't even sure I had heard it. I went into the house and asked if he'd called to me. I was in tears when I realized that I could hear with my left ear, and that my husband's voice was the first voice I heard. ❤️ Over the next few weeks, I must have driven my family and friends crazy asking, "What's that sound?" It was birdsong, crickets, peepers, the ocean waves, the cat purring, the dryer chime...so many things. With my CI, my life changed so much! Walking in the mall in November I could hear Christmas music. I could hear "Bad Moon Rising" playing on the radio in a restaurant. At a house party we were playing a trivia game, and I answered a question from another room, without even a pause. In the car I could converse with people in the back seat. At work, I could hear my littlest students reading aloud. I could use any phone. I could hear what was being said at the drive through at Tim Horton's. I can hear and understand the Blue Jay's baseball games on TV, while I'm reading a book...no closed captions! I don't have to be looking at people to hear them. This is huge! I'm so much more relaxed in social situations. I can follow multiple conversations, which is important when our big noisy family gets together. Now I am hearing our grandbabies giggle and laugh and make their soft little baby babbles. I am amazed by this technology and so very thankful for the joy it has brought me.
    1 point
  7. Darlene Mac

    The WOW that never ends

    @HuroniaGirl Wow! We have a lot in common. Before my CI, my right ear was my 'good' ear. I still wear my HA in that ear, mostly for balance. Like you, when I take off my processor, I can't believe how hushed the world is with just my hearing aid! The things I was missing! I am also forever grateful for our healthcare plan and for the wonderful care I received from the entire staff during my surgery. My surgeon is my hero; not only did he do an excellent job with my implant, he actually held my hand until I fell asleep. I'm so happy you had your surgery and are having wonderful wow moments. My wish for you is that every day has a WoW moment! Enjoy the ride, eh! 🍁 😀
    1 point
  8. HuroniaGirl

    The WOW that never ends

    @Darlene Mac- it's a total delight to hear of your excellent results from your CI. I am also experiencing nearly identical WOW moments. I wonder now how I actually coped as long as I did. When I take off my processor and rely on my HA in my "good" ear, I can hardly hear speech at all. But I now realize how much else I was missing - and, yes, I'm trying to identify all these forgotten sounds. I feel like my implanted ear is my new Super Power! It astounds me every day!! As a fellow Canadian, I am beyond grateful to not only receive this surgery in a timely manner, in the midst of Covid, but that it was all covered by our universal health care. That's a big WOW! too. Wishing you continued WOW moments!
    1 point
  9. Mary Beth

    The WOW that never ends

    @Darlene Mac Honking geese is one of my WOW moments too! I recall the first time I heard a flock of honking geese and realized I could hear their individual honks! So cool!
    1 point
  10. Dianna

    The WOW that never ends

    Funny, we had a huge gaggle in the harvesyed corn field last night! Fun!
    1 point
  11. Dianna

    What does music sound like to you

    Omgosh, the organ is the most difficult! I do at least 15 minutes on where ever i am at in the first module, then do some of the melodic. At first the notes were out of order, then with spotify streaming and going back, actually can get 100 percent of the 6 semitones, 5 is harder. I "kind of" can read music so my brain and the notes "fight" it feels like. Thanks for your sharing.
    1 point
  12. Kylie

    Favorite music apps

    Ah I will have to try both!
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  13. Kylie

    Favorite music apps

    I found the meludia app and have just started working with that. Thanks!
    1 point
  14. Mary Beth

    What does music sound like to you

    It is very common for musical pitch to take a lot longer to fall into place than speech. Try to select the semitone difference starting at 6 semitones and piano. If correct move to 5 semitones, etc. We need a lot of practice to get musical pitch to improve.
    1 point
  15. Lynda

    Finally Using EAS

    @LaurenI am bilateral, both sides are EAS. I agree - when the coil is detached the sound is extremely distorted sound and not at all pleasant. It is amplification of my residual hearing which is extremely low frequencies only (certainly not enough to understand speech which is why I needed a CI). To hear the high and medium frequencies I need the CI (coil attached). My audiologist has mapped both of my processors with an additional program which is CI only, no EAS, so that all frequencies are via the implant. If I am at home and want to give my ear(s) a rest from the ear mold I can switch to this program. After some practice I can understand most things with this program, but it does not sound as natural as the EAS programs (though the diff is very subtle, just an enhanced richness I think). I have to be careful as without the earmold they flop around a lot more and fall off easily.
    1 point
  16. Dianna

    What does music sound like to you

    💘 thank you, thats awesome and i accept and agree.
    1 point
  17. Dianna

    The WOW that never ends

    Amazing, yes! Congratulations, so much fun, i think we kind of just get used to believing the world has less noise! Im activated almost 6 weeks, its a miracle! I cant wait for winter! Ive always kind of loved the "silence" of snow, now i get to hear it lol. I live in the country and it is never quiet here my roommates laugh when i have them identify sounds!
    1 point
  18. Darlene Mac

    The WOW that never ends

    Hi Kylie! Yes, being able to chat in the car has made a world of difference. That's one of my favorite wow moments too!
    1 point
  19. Dianna

    Will it sound strange with one normal ear and one CI hearing ?

    Hi there...i have ci in left ear, need a new ha for right. I stream alot with music, its basically direct to ci. The only time i feel like i have two different sounds is when i am watching/listening to a regular tv using the eas system (sonnet 2) which utilizes the speakers on the sonnet, so its half electronic and half accoustic. Its been 6 weeks since activation and the "double" sound is nearly gone. I probably need to do more speaker listening but i go to a room and stream directly to ci. When i stream directly, i can watch tv and now can hear nearly all voices with no closed captions! My word understanding is now 80 to 90 percent vs 50 percent prior to ci. So i did have residual prior to ci and may have lost some but totally happy that i implanted, and i know that i will continue to improve with practice!!!! My inclination is to implant the right ear since im so happy with the left, but i will do the ha first as i am told it helps more with music. I just returned from a short trip to michigan, eating in crowded restaurants for the first time, and with lots of masks being worn. I could still hear my companions amongst all the many loud sounds around. I was pleased as punch! My audi has not given me asm or controls other than volume i consider it a huge win! Hope you are proceeding with ci, its a life changer!
    1 point
  20. Andrew42

    Will it sound strange with one normal ear and one CI hearing ?

    Very valauable inputs. I read @Beau comments and thought, that is where I am except I'm going to be balancing one CI with one HA and have no clue how I may feel. Then I read @John F comments. I'm one step ahead of you @Beau becasue my implant surgery was last week. So that is behind me. If it helps, the process was simplicity itself and what amazed me was that I had almost no pain of any kind at any time. A mild discomfort behind the ear for the first few days and a total inaiblity to sleep my my right side (preferred) for just over a week. Oh! and some imbalance which is still somewhat with me. I didn't drive for a week but only becasue of the slight worry over the lack of balance. It sounds like your decision is when, not if. Go for it and good luck!
    1 point
  21. John R

    October 2021 GoogleMeet chat

    Definitely send me the invite. hopefully it will work out for me to be there.
    1 point
  22. Mary Beth

    October 2021 GoogleMeet chat

    (Updated on October 16th) This GoogleMeet chat is for Med-El CI users and families, as well as those considering a Med-El CI. Sunday October 24th 9:15 am New York time start time chat opens at 9:00 for socializing Google Meet with free live captioning Looking forward to our GoogleMeet chat. Invites are presently going to; @Mary Beth @Kylie @Joan @Dianna @Shiyi Wang @Lauren @Kirk S. @Stuman51 @Darlene Mac @Kara of Canada @Dave in Pittsburgh @Jared Charney First timers: @Stuman51, @Kara of Canada and @Darlene Mac will be joining us. Newcomers are welcome to join in. Just respond below to this post so you are included in the chat invite. New people are always welcome! @MelanieMetcalfe check HearPeers mail. I need more information before the October meeting.
    1 point
  23. Kirk S.

    Your Favourite Rehab Tool

    Hi All. Here's a link to a YouTube video that I use frequently, and has the "Mary Beth" seal of approval, as well. Very simple sentences, with professional speakers, spoken at regular and slow speeds. A good intro-level tool. There are links to companion videos, as well, so you won't get bored. Cheers. https://youtu.be/7trm_8I_ou8
    1 point
  24. Kylie

    SSD at 21 now 50. scheduled for CI in a few months.

    This is an exciting time. I am also SSD and have found great benefit to having a CI. I hear so much more now in stereo!! Also definitely reduced my tinnitus.
    1 point
  25. Kylie

    The WOW that never ends

    This is wonderful!!!! My favourite of yours is talking to people behind you in the car. That has made my life so much easier too with the kids always chatting away or wanting to sing along.
    1 point
  26. Hi! I am Ray. I have been implanted for less than a month. Hearing very well! I have a hearing aid along with my implant. It is the best of both worlds! Every sound and voice is very identifiable by normal sound and identity. My hearing with just the implant is awesome, but I switch with and without the hearing aid during the day. I am sure it helps my brain to identify the different sounds. I think the hearing aid may soften or mellow the implant sound. Good luck! Ray
    1 point
  27. Good morning! Ok, i was activated in left ear, right is to be an ha of good quality but for now im just left sided ci and 50 percent in right. My audi gave me 4 initial maps but she stated they only increased volume. She said its basically what i will want for two weeks. So my question is ive already changed to map 2 and wondering if i should just sail along for a bit, recognising sounds and not worry about background noise at this point. I messed with 1 and 2 while listening to tv thru fine tuner echo, of course not catching alot of the words, but it seemed like if i went down in volume i caught more and less of stuff. I wonder if its best i chill out like audi said and just listen. Remembering my first set of miracle ears in the 80s, all sounds amplified and the brain needed to be trained to weed out background. Like i could hear copiers all over the office lol. You guys are great, thanks so much! Di
    1 point
  28. John F

    Cochlear Implant Evaluation for SSD

    Some decent questions: -How many cochlear implant surgeries have you performed using __________ (AB, Cochlear, Med El)? -Do you have a preference between different manufacturers? Why? (they should NOT disclose any bias) -How many revisions have you performed, and were they as successful as the original? -What does a scar typically look like after surgery? -How do you decide on the location of magnet placement under the skin? -Are you able to preserve any natural hearing when you do CI surgery? -What does the timeline on surgery day look like? -How do you know if I am a good candidate for a CI? -Should I implant just one or both ears? Why? -Will having CI surgery affect my tinnitus or balance? -What are good ways for me to learn to hear/rehab after being activated? -Are there any medical procedures I shouldn’t have with a CI? -When can I exercise and lift things again after surgery? -How many times will I see you after the surgery? -How many times will I see the audiologist after activation? -Can you connect me with another patient who has had each brand of implant I am considering? -Are there any vaccines I should get before being implanted? (Meningitis is common vaccine) -Do you close the surgical area with glue, staples, or stitches? Will I need to return to have those removed? -Do you verify internal placement of implant electrodes with an xray prior to closing up when surgery is completed? -Ask for detailed post op instructions: when can you wash hair, care of incision, pain meds, cup removal, Will you see surgeon for post op checkup?
    1 point
  29. Mary Beth

    SSD with CI Med-El REHAB tips

    https://blog.medel.com/cochlear-implant-rehab-for-ssd-how-to-improve-your-understanding-of-speech-in-noise/?fbclid=IwAR0aGDlRuCz3jQK_jAxCpIYnW_6sWEyk4RaEwfsKW0tSe7tBZ7C5RussTBk&utm_content=18-03-2021&utm_medium=post&utm_source=facebook
    1 point
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