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  1. 2 points
    Tutz67

    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.
  2. 2 points
    Hi everybody. Just thought I'd share my situation with you in case it's of interest. I'm a bilateral CI user, had right ear implanted in 2000 and LE in 2010. My RE failed this summer whilst I was on holiday in Rhodes. My implant (well, I thought it was my processor) started switching off at random. I changed batteries a few times, then (using my left processor for spares) I switched the wire, coil, battery pack one at a time. After randomly switching off, the implant would come back on maybe 10 minutes later with a staticky sounding popping nose. After half a day of this, it pretty much stopped coming on altogether. When I got home later that week, my clinic sent out a new processor and I went through the process again of testing all the spare parts, finally switching the processor itself over: no joy. I went for tests the following week. I had my reimplant surgery less than a month later, on Wednesday 2nd October. My activation is next Thursday. I am excited to get back to stereo... and I wonder how different this new implant will sound. I've gone from a COMBI 40+ with standard electrode to a Synchrony II, so quite an upgrade! I've always found my left ear to be the 'weak ear' due to the 10 year gap. Using only my left ear since August has really strengthened it, I reckon. I'd love to hear the experiences of others who have had long gaps in sequential implantation, or have had to rehab following a reimplant. I'll update this following my switch-on. Ruth 🙂
  3. 2 points
    Hi @Rashmi If it is a standard root treatment, "just" drilling out/cleaning out/sealing the root channel and as long as no electrical currents are passing the body (e.g. no monopolar electrocautery) there are no contraindications for this treatment. Please check our information on medical procedures as well and share them with your dentist: https://www.medel.com/important-safety-information The audio processor should be taken off for the duration of the treatment. All the best for your child! Kind regards, Verena
  4. 2 points
    It was funny - we met in a tennis class and found out that we live 2 suburbs apart!
  5. 2 points
    Yep, activation tomorrow 10/14/19, 2:30 in the afternoon central time. it's been a pretty quick 3 weeks from the surgery but these last two days have dragged. Can't wait to see what happens. Left ear lost all hearing 3/14/19 in two hours while out for a hike, year before 5/28/18 most hearing in right ear overnight, but do have a hearing aid right ear that's somewhat functional. I feel like I've been living with half a brain - exhausting to say the least. Hoping once activated and into my rehab - my head will feel balanced. I'll be activated with the Rondo2 tomorrow and have the Sonnet as well but need to keep that in the package to turn in for Sonnet2 upgrade this fall. Updates forthcoming DK
  6. 1 point
    Lori Martin

    Update with cochlear implant

    Hi to all here in hearpeers Update on change with my upcoming cochlear implant surgery it is as stands October 30, 2019 ( Not November) They bumped me up! Just one week and not a half. I am so happy to start with this and be able to share with you all at a later time. Thank you all for just being there. Lori
  7. 1 point
    Tutz67

    Med-El CI users in Australia

    Thanks Daniel - Surgery went really well. Dr Chawla is exceptional - I feel very fortunate to have been directed to him. Healing has been pretty good - a couple of dizzy days but that seems to have passed. I get activated on Monday and hopefully that goes as good as the surgery.
  8. 1 point
    Jewel

    Research opportunity!

    Done! @brynnjln
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    Jdashiell

    Synchrony 2 info

    Yes. Hopefully we won’t need anymore surgeries 😎
  11. 1 point
    @Kylie How terrific is that!!
  12. 1 point
    SWS0107

    Accessories to go with my implant

    That's definitely a good suggestion
  13. 1 point
    Kim

    Med-El CI users in Australia

    I have sent a message saying ask away 😁
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  15. 1 point
    Mary Featherston

    Newly implanted

    @bclap the sounds from your CI will sound buzzy and beepy for a while. Give your brain a chance to learn to hear this way! It's completely different from hearing via your inner ear. Did your clinic give you any rehab advice?
  16. 1 point
    MallaRuth

    Reimplant after nineteen years

    Thank you @Mary Beth! I am going to treat myself to a swanky new pair of wireless headphones... They'll help with rehab, right?! 😉
  17. 1 point
    Just saying hi! Was lovely to meet you today.
  18. 1 point
    Lori Martin

    Cochlear Implant

    Hi Marybeth I do!! Yahoo!!
  19. 1 point
    Lori Martin

    Cochlear Implant

    Hi to all here at hearpears I would like to say I received as of last Thursday from Boston Medical Center that I now have a date along with four others out of state. My date is November 19th, 2019. I am going first out of us four. I am somewhat nervous but all can hear in my voice that I am now gaining excitement! Yay! I will keep all of you here on hearpeers updated on all. Thank you Lori
  20. 1 point
    JohnL

    Sonnet EAS users in/near New York City

    Not me, I’m south of Boston.
  21. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Ordering Rondo 2 Covers

    @Nischal Koirala Prices vary depending on country. Contact Med-El in your country for current prices. If you need help contacting them. @MED-EL Moderator can help you.
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    @Evren I am so happy for you! YAY!
  23. 1 point
    Heya! I just had my second appointment with audi today. Quite a progress, first thing I tested out was music and I can hear many sounds richer and fuller. Enjoying music way better now. It's not loud enough, because I was way tooo nervous due to fainting spell at activation. So audi tried to go easy with mapping. I was having a chat with a co-worker today, who almost sound like whispering when he talks.. well I unstersood his speech quite good. I understand my wife better, without hearing aid on my other ear. She close her mouth, talk and I can make up the words. No lipreading! My own voice is much better and bass heavy. Doing my favorite voice impressions So,nNext appt is in 3 months. Can't really wait.
  24. 1 point
    @Nischal Koirala Congratulations on your new CI. Are you looking for comparisons between Rondo 2 and Sonnet or Rondo 2 and Sonnet 2?
  25. 1 point
    karenRS

    Stethoscope use

    Thank you. The ThinkLabs One looks to be quite good.
  26. 1 point
    Esteban

    Stethoscope use

    @karenRS, @Mary Beth. I use the stethoscope with the DAI red jack cable and the audio quality is really much better, I would even tell you that better than a bluetooth connection. I suggest you look for a stethoscope with generic audio output and always use it with the DAI red.
  27. 1 point
    MED-EL Moderator

    Problem with forum

    Hi all, To edit your email notification preferences please go here: https://forum.hearpeers.com/notifications/options/ (make sure you are signed in). I have not been able to work out why some of you don't always get emails, but I will ask our support team for more info. But please do let me know if this problem stops once you have changed your settings. Kind regards, Mary
  28. 1 point
    @MaryGP hi Mary Good luck on your upcoming decision. Sounds like you can’t go wrong with either one they both have some excellent pros. I know the feeling for travel, my center is about an hours drive but with rush hour traffic I always have to add an hour for safe measure for my appointments. But for me it’s worth it to go where I’m going to get the best outcome from my CI & the best care. One more thing you may want to consider when checking the places out I’ve heard that some centers are single processor centers & others are 2 processor centers meaning they can get you approved for 2 processors. Wether that would be Sonnet2/Rondo2 or Sonnet2/Sonnet2, processors are expensive & having a back up if something happens to one is a major plus! If one of them is a single & the other is a two, it could be the decision maker! Just a thought! Mine luckily was a 2 processor center. Check them out but I’m sure you’ll be great no matter what! My surgery was about 10 days ago & it was a cake walk! One of the best surgeries I’ve had, still waiting for activation. I’m just starting my journey but so far it has been great & I know the best is yet to come! Technology is a wonderful thing! You’ll do great!! Best of luck to you & take care! Rick H
  29. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Some cool activities in here, from Australia.
  30. 1 point
    Elliot

    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
  31. 1 point
    Hi everyone & thanks for checking in Mary Beth! Yes I had my surgery a little over a week ago (October 4th) but I just didn’t post anything yet as it was so uneventful! That is, not much to report, so I figured I would post after my activation. I have to admit this was one of the best surgeries I’ve ever been through. Everything was pretty much what I expected or less! My surgeon Dr Trac Duong , & the surgical staff at Overlake in Bellevue were fantastic! The surgery was just over 3 hours & they implanted a Medel Synchrony with flex 28 electrode array. All electrodes got inserted & the doctor turned it on during surgery to make sure it worked. I went home that day & was surprised at how little pain or discomfort I experienced. The hardest thing was the plastic piece over my ear for 2 days riding on my ear lobe! Lol. I took all my pain meds & antibiotics as instructed but really the pain was never more than a 2 out of 10. I had a little pain in my ear when chewing at first but that went away before I finished my first meal! The other things were pretty much all the normal things we read about with this surgery. A little discomfort in my throat from the breathing tube that went away the next day & my sense of taste was gone on half my tongue which is getting better also. The good news is now my cooking is only half as bad! Just kidding! As expected there was some numbing on my implanted side & I expected My tinnitus to increase which it hasn’t at all. In fact the only difference I noticed is since shortly after surgery it has changed to a constant oscillating ringing which is slowly going away. At first I thought I might have retained some residual hearing as I didn’t notice any difference in my hearing right after surgery but as the swelling kicked in the hearing went away in that ear so time will tell when the swelling goes completely away. I didn’t really notice how deaf I am since the surgery until a few days ago when I took one of my cars to the store. I’ve always been a car nut & people at work know me as the guy with the nice cars. But with my hearing loss I’m a little reluctant to drive them as they draw so much attention! When I came out of the store there where already 3 people waiting to talk to me. Even after telling them I had ear surgery a week ago & couldn’t hear them, they still kept asking questions. I felt really stupid having to asking them 2 & 3 times to repeat themselves. I guess until I’m activated I’m going to have a hard time understanding people! Oh well again expected that also! the only other thing I was surprised about was the level of vertigo was almost nothing until 2 days ago I had one strong episode that was so bad it made me sick & lost my dinner ! & when I got sick I heard like a wind chime going off in my implanted ear that changed to a loud ringing that lasted about 30 seconds. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about & I should take my nausea meds. I don’t know what brought that one episode on but other than that I’ve had almost no dizziness or nausea at all. So over all I’m very happy with the way this surgery has been. They did move my activation up to October 29th, so I’m really looking forward to getting my Rondo2 & Sonnet2. If activation goes even half as good as this experience I will be happy as can be! Thanks & wishing everyone the best on the journey! I’ll post again after activation! Rick H
  32. 1 point
    @Rita Marquez Our audiologists have multiple ways to give us perceived loudness in addition to just increasing the MCL settings. -wider pulse width -adjusting threshold settings (quietest sounds we hear) -changing MAPLAW setting -turning off electrodes that are not able to be perceived loud enough and shifting those frequencies to other electrodes -using triphasic pulses instead (This is only available to Med-El CI users.) -and probably even more ways that I have yet to learn about Hopefully you, your audiologist and the Med-El regional team in your area can help you get the perceived loudness on your new side soon.
  33. 1 point
    Marlene

    Aural rehab tips from Mary Beth

    Thank you so much Mary Beth i also have the artone3 but have just started using it as of my last visit with Audi , which was just this past week. I haven’t yet tried it on my iPad, but sure will be using it lots☺️
  34. 1 point
    Marlene

    Aural rehab tips from Mary Beth

    Thank you so much Mary Beth
  35. 1 point
    Marlene

    Hi to everyone

    Not sure how to find my way around here yet , hope I’m answering in the right place. I have the Sonnet and Rondo 2 , love both, but the rondo 2 gives my ear the well needed break as I wear eyeglasses .
  36. 1 point
    The second implant is progressing. In one of my maps I tolerated too much bass when doing the threshold test and it didn’t sound good. I gave it some time thinking that maybe my brain would get used to it but it didn’t. I have another mapping next week to try and balance things out.
  37. 1 point
    Hi Mary Beth and all, Thanks for checking in. I am very lucky to live 30 minutes from Wake Forest Baptist, and 1.5 hours from UNC Chapel Hill. So, I am looking into both of them for my surgery and rehab. I had a consult on 10/3 at WFB. The program for adult CI is small. There is 1 surgeon who does it - and she is amazing. Trained at House (where CI was invented). This is the same place I have been going to for my initial diagnosis and all my audiologist appointments. Pros - love my audiologist (we already had mutual friends), love the surgeon, feel really comfortable there. And, it is small enough they work with you on a case by case basis. They were not surprised at all when I took out my CROS hearing aids because the fatigue increase was unbearable. Cons - they don't seem to have an "established" adult CI "program" - they do them, and they have rehab, but it is small enough they do it on a case by case basis. They did not have much experience with the life altering fatigue I have been dealing with (Highly challenging listening environment at work). I have a consult with UNC-CH 11/4. Haven't met them yet. So, there is only so much I can say here: Pros - they have a large (5 surgeon team), established program. the surgeon I am seeing is highly reputable. Even my surgeon at WFB commented on what a good reputation he has. The work done to get Med-el approved for SSD (my diagnosis) was done at UNC-CH in concert with Med-el whose USA headquarters is 5 minutes away. I have an open house appointment with Taylor at Med El on the same day. Lets put it this way, I researched this stuff for 2 months and then I found the UNC CH portal where all my research was in a single place and took 5 minutes to evaluate. The information Taylor sent me from Med-el was created by the research audiologist at UNC. It is entirely possible they know things like clockwork that WFB hasn't experienced yet. Cons - they are 1.5 hours away. thats a lot of travel for rehab - OK, I know I am spoiled and there are peeps out there who travel 6+ hours. But, its a consideration none the less. Probably a little less personal - as the program is so large. Overall - from the scans and the experience/capability of the surgeons - its probably a wash. It comes down to the after care program. I think the implant is going to be the same either way. Synchrony 2 and Sonnet 2. With my listening environment at work I understand the sonnet will be better than the Rondo. And, I don't care if people see it. For me, its better that they do - so If I don't hear them they don't think I am being a snob. haha.. Any input would be appreciated. On one hand, I feel like it is a pretty big and important decision. On the other hand - they are both highly respected research hospitals - so maybe I am making too much of it.
  38. 1 point
    Joan

    Problem with forum

    @Mary Beth yes, that seems to be the case. No rhyme or reason to when the notifications come. I did get an email notice of this second tag today also.
  39. 1 point
    Jewel

    Problem with forum

    Hi @Mary Beth I usually get the email notifications. Not sure why I don't always get them but I got an email this morning about your tagging me.
  40. 1 point
    Joan

    Problem with forum

    @Mary Beth thanks. I actually got an email notice for this tag. I checked my account settings and all are in order, so have no idea why I wasn’t getting notices earlier.
  41. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Stethoscope use

    @karenRS @Esteban is a pro at using a stethoscope with the DAI red jack cable. Here is a link to his wonderful guest article. https://blog.medel.com/deaf-vet-with-cochlear-implants/
  42. 1 point
    karenRS

    Stethoscope use

    Sonnet
  43. 1 point
    Don Doherty

    Activation May 28

    Thank you Daniel for your stories post activation. It gives me additional perspective of what to expect after my activation on September 24th. I may do a day by day report as you have on my experiences.
  44. 1 point
    pdk

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Looks like someone has done a lot of work.. Definitely worth going through. The ah, ss exersize was too easy. But that's for me. Certainly worth using.
  45. 1 point
    Jewel

    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.
  46. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    @Jewel Here is a link to their website and contact info https://www.games4hearoes.com/
  47. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    @Jewel yes it is in the App Store. I wonder why it is not showing up for you?
  48. 1 point
    Jewel

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Hi @Mary Beth Is this in the App Store? I can't find it.
  49. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    I finished testing out this app today. There are a few glitches....for example the activity that plays two musical tones and asks if the second tone is higher pitched or lower pitched only plays ONE tone ....... one of the activities is not storing the completion data so it is not unlocking the next level even though it was mastered. But there are some cool listening activities that are very different to other apps. Like the date and time activity and the ordering food activity. Some of the environmental noises are a little odd. I know our car does not sound like that. Smile.
  50. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free

    Be patient when setting up an account. There is quite a delay between steps and the screen doesn’t change so you tend to think the command didn’t go through but it did.
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