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    Tracey_66

    Hi I'm back!!

    Well after last week's fiasco. Our Spanish friend who was with us, went one further she actually got through to the consultant today, I suspect asking what's going on. As a family our Spanish not that bad , lived here for more than 20 years, although we live in Andalusia they really do speak very quickly!!! ( I do lip read in Spanish but there are times when it's just tooo fast!!) So it was extremely kind of her to go out of her way to query on my behalf. Sooooo roll the drums!! Tomorrow I'm having my vaccination. The operation has been booked for the 5th of February. Ole!! fingers crossed no more hiccups.
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    Don V, I don’t know how to tag you for this response so I hope that you see this. Your story is almost identical to mine. I am male 79 years old. I had lost 88 percent of my hearing and on the speech understanding test, I got a big fat 0 percent. I was using hearing aids that was doing very little for me but I could get by with them in quite conversation. I could hear TV with the use of head phones. I had to use an FM receiver with ear buds to hear Church Services. I could not participate in conversation at family gatherings or other groups. I had been this way for about seven years and not much better for 10 years before that. I finally decided that I had no choice but to start looking into a implant so I started the process of finding a facility and doctor. The first place I went to for consultation gave me the same information and expectations that you experienced but did tell me that it would be better than what I had. They started the process by sending me to a psychologist and then a speech therapist which gave me about the same expectation as the audiologists had. I have a pacemaker so I had to get a release from my cardiologist to clear me for the surgery. I was experiencing a lot of frustration trying to get the required paperwork between the two Doctors. Like you, It was flustrating for me and I was about ready to cancel the whole thing. My Daughter suggested that we go to another facility and Doctor for a second opinion. The audiologists gave me the same pessimistic expectation that I heard at the other place but the Doctor told me that I had 12 % of my hearing and he thought he could give me 65, maybe 70%. I was still very undecided about going through with it. I then reached out on our Nextdoor neighbor forum to ask ask if there was anyone I could talk to that had a cochlear implant. A lady responded That knew of a lady that may be willing to talk to me. I met her at a Starbucks and she put my mind at complete ease. You could not tell that she was deaf. She had two implants and being a lady with long hair I could not see the processors. She answered all of our questions very positive and her Doctor was the second Doctor that I went to. So with this I got excited and it became a go for me. I was implanted on August 29, 2019 and activated on Sept 11, 2019. When the audiologists turned on the processor, (Rondo 2) I could hear sounds, tones and buzzing but nothing I could understand. The session lasted about 1.5 hours and by the time it was over I could understand the audiologists, sound funny but I could understand. In two days I could carry on a conversation with my wife, she did not sound normal but understandable, 10 days and she sounded normal, some other people had a robotic sound but a few days later they were sounding normal. I went to Church about a week later and could understand the sermon with the processor and my hearing aid on the other side, no more FM receiver and ear buds. I have had three mappings since activation and I am to the point that I seldom use the hearing aid in my other ear. As the volume has gone up on the processor I feel that the hearing is not helping. Everything sounds normal with just the processor. The only things that could be better is TV off the Speakers is understandable but does not sound good and events like football games crowd noise over comes everything else. i am very glad that I did not cancel it. Everyone’s journey is different but my experience is very similar to the Lady’s that,I met at Starbucks. Oh I forgot to mention that at my last appointment with the audiologists my speech understanding test was 80%, I believe it is better now. Sorry for the long story but I hope it helps you in your decision making process. Good Luck
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    Marion nancy

    Audiolink Questions

    Very much. As a senior senior it has been a tremendous amount of “tech savvy” for me to learn and appreciate all the input
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    Here is my story if you are interested @Don V
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    Hi @Don V and welcome to HearPeers! It would be wonderful if there was some kind of crystal ball that could show us how our life will be with cochlear implants before we have the surgery. Smile. But unfortunately there isn’t. My life is so much better with cochlear implants. Best hearing I have had in many decades. Best decision ever. I will start with what things sound like now. I was implanted 5 years ago. Music is amazing. I enjoy the different instrumental sounds and the lyrics. I sing along to old favorites and new songs. I even enjoy singing along to the car radio with the windows down. I enjoy going to live musical events in small venues, Broadway theaters and huge arenas. Speech is unbelievable. Everyone has their own natural voice and I can even tell when they have a cold or an accent or are playing with their voice. I understand young children, deep male voices and female voices. I have become addicted to audiobooks and podcasts and listen to them everyday while I go about my day. Now where did I start? Well at activation of my first side (which had not processed any sound for 24 years before being implanted) I heard beeps and static. Then it started matching up with syllables and five hours later speech started to emerge. At first the speech sounded a bit like R2D2. Smile. Every single day it improved. Every morning I woke up eager to put on my processor and see what I would hear that day. Smile. It was so amazing. Life changing. I did aural rehab activities everyday to help train my brain. You can find lots of aural rehab suggestions in our topic called REHAB. Wishing you the best.
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    Don V

    Surgery on November 19 cochlear implant

    I just went through the 4 appts at IU MED CTR (Riley Hospital) in Indy. I qualify, but very nervous!! I am a 76 year old male and have lost 80% of my hearing. The audiologist tried to explain what the sounds that I will hear sound like. She said robotic and that I will never hear NORMAL sounds like voices, etc and that I will have to "learn" what each sound means. The CI would be in only one ear for now. That sounds like A LOT OF WORK! At my age I don't know if I can do it............VERY NERVOUS!! Almost ready to cancel. Is what I just described accurate?? Where can I get down to the nitty gritty of what to expect?? Thanks, Don
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    @pdk Test them both out when you are surrounded by live voices. Let us know what you think. I see live speech to text helping many people on their journeys. Especially between surgery and activation. Or if facing the process of a reimplantation. My CIs have given me such awesome hearing, I am so very thankful. But I remember very well how I felt before getting my CIs. So frustrated. So isolated. I am always trying to find ways to help people who are facing that situation. Hopefully for many it is a temporary situation that can be helped by getting CIs. For some it is a permanent situation. And there is no right or wrong. Smile. We vary greatly in our personal preferences for assistive tech. I always enjoy testing things out and reading what others report.
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    Hi @Mary Beth, great to hear that you like it! Best, Verena
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    My wake up call was: I was in sales and had to do a lot of negotiating and contracts dealsI lost a deal that I shouldn’t have I had a very understandings sales Vice President who also wore hearing aids as I did at the time and he suggested to me about seeing a audiologists that specializes in Cochlear Implants and see if I qualify which I did.I qualified. Best decision I’ve ever made next to going bilateral. I
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    Marion nancy

    Artone mic

    @Mary Beth I took it outside on the stairwell and it paired asap. I assuming it was picking up maybe the Rogers or the audiolink. great to keep handy on me and will get a second loop. Easy to travel with light and inexpensive a Great BIG thank you
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    Marion nancy

    Artone mic

    Big shout to Mary Beth and Ats169 for all the tremendous assistance pairing my Artone mic
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    @MED-EL Moderator Med-El released a third packet for adult aural rehab! https://blog.medel.com/rehab-for-adults-auditory-training-with-your-cochlear-implant-part-3/ I love it! Thank you Med-El !
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    Tracey_66

    Hi I'm back!!

    Well things have moved a pace!! Pre op tests moved forward for tomorrow!! If all goes well my operation will be on the 29th ,next Wednesday!!!! Eeeek! Just wonder what the tests are? As it seems I'm at the hospital from 9-5? I'm still trying to get my head round it all. Actually happening after a long wait.
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    ats169

    Artone mic

    Make sure both loop and mic are charged. If following Mary Beth's instructions above still doesn't work, check for two things. One, make sure you haven't hit the mute button on mic, and make sure the power switch on mic is on. Two, after you push all the buttons for pairing, make sure to wait a good ten seconds or so, it seems to be slow to pair. Finally, one last tip. I was having general issues with all of it, no particular reason why. So I followed the manual's instructions on how to reset both the loop and mic: you plug the power cord in for three seconds (at the micro USB end) and then pull it out. I did it twice, once without the power end plugged into the wall and once with it plugged in. After the reset, the pairing procedure "took."
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    Marion nancy

    Artone mic

    Sharing a wow day after playing bridge with the same partner for a year I said You have an American accent. Says she” what now : did you not know I am from New York this was the first time I picked it up. ps: charging my neckloop will retry later
  16. 1 point
    Marion nancy

    Artone mic

    Back to u tomorrow thx ever so much🥰
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    I am going to MEDEL Durham,NC first week in June can’t wait.
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    @Melissa The biggest benefit of Roger for school use is its multiple mics which use beamforming and its adaptive mic technology that adjusts the gain based on environmental noise levels. Technically, Roger is not an FM System since it uses a digital sub network connection but many people in schools still call it an FM since they are used to that terminology. I mention it because old FM technology was able to broadcast further and did not rely on line of sight. Of course, the sound quality and mic technology is way better in Roger than the old FM. Roger Touchscreen Mic is the Cadillac in the Roger System for school use. A terrific Roger transmitter.
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