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  1. 8 points
    Day 1- Hotel Innsbruck ...terrific gathering of most of the participants...a few were still traveling to Innsbruck .....and many Med-El Innsbruck employees. So many stories shared. Tears of appreciation shed. Lots of laughter. We quickly became a group of friends. Veronika treated us to special compositions on the piano. We are an excited group! Day 2- Med-El! Such a warm welcome at Med-El Innsbruck. We went on a behind the scenes tour of the Med-El implant production line. So many safety precautions and quality control checks. We saw implants in various stages of production. It takes 5 weeks to make an implant and all are shipped out immediately. Someone is waiting for every implant made! Viewing a shelf of completed implants made me smile knowing each one would be life changing to a future user. We were surprised to learn that we have helium, argon and quite a bit of gold in our heads! We were each videotaped separately giving info about our hearing journeys. Then we had an emotional time with members of the production team who make our implants. Each of us shared our story and our thanks. The parents shared videos and photos of their children. There wasn’t a dry eye at Med-El. A very special moving moment for us all. Followed by a much needed coffee break and more interactions. We went into the training lab for surgeons! Blue booties and all. There we used virtual reality and haptic tech to practice drilling a well for the implant.....complete with blood spattering when we drilled too deeply! I was terrible at this task. My patient would’ve needed strong pain meds for sure! We practiced inserting an electrode array into a cochlea. Way cool! And we had hands on time with the new surgical OtoPlan. Amazing tech for customized CI surgery planning. Followed by lunch and more chatting and learning from each other. Med-El really treated us as such special members of the Med-El family. After lunch we participated in workshops where Med-El wanted to learn from our experiences. Different Med-El leaders ran sessions on topics such as: -Why did we choose Med-El? What do we think makes Med-El special? -What problems have we experienced with our processors and accessories? -Service and repair showed us extreme cases of processor damage. Oh my! Stoves, ovens, microwaves, dogs, dryers....and our processors are not a good combination! They showed us revisions they have made to the Sonnet and Rondo based on user problems. A few revisions are already available and a few will be soon. We got to play with the new Sonnet mic cover design so we will not have to remove the earhook and deal with that tiny pin any longer! Yay! -We spent time at a hands on table with all the Med-El devices. The new Rondo 2 sure is pretty! All of the Med-El employees really listened to our feedback and took notes. They really care about our user experiences. Another coffee break! Each coffee break gave us opportunities to interact with even more Med-El employees. They joined us for coffee breaks and it was so nice to put faces to names we see online! Then the final round of sessions for today focused on aural rehab and the Roger Pen. We experienced a group conference call where we needed to plan a party, a noisy cafe with music playing nearby and talked about aural rehab needs for future users. It was a fun-filled, awesome, informative day! And every moment was so well planned. A quick break at the hotel and then off on a guided, narrated walking tour of beautiful Innsbruck! Excellent tour. Another quick break and we walked to a special dinner at a restaurant in town with 360 degree views named Lichtblick. A wonderful meal and lots more laughter. A wonderful day spent with wonderful people. Thank you Med-El!
  2. 7 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. ?
  3. 6 points
    My implant date was Jan25th..my activation date was Feb6th!! I was hearing immediately on activation! I was SO thrilled! At first voices sounded a little like Donald duck,but during the visit voices became more normal.Im only 2 days out,and there are things to smooth out and to learn about my Sonnet.But I have to say,I'm on cloud 9 !!
  4. 6 points
    Jewel

    POLL: Top of your Med-El Wish List

    I wish the fine tuner was actually an app on my phone so I don't have to travel with a fine tuner and a mobile phone! Also the vain part of me would like to see a smaller BTE processor lol!
  5. 6 points
    Jewel

    Activation September 20

    Here's a pic of @Jdashielland me immediately following my activation appointment.
  6. 5 points
    C T lex

    Activated 03/06/2019

    Hi everyone, I am happy to say I was activated yesterday as I sit here streaming The Flamingos and actually hear the lyrics and melody well. Admittedly I have trouble making out the lyrics, but I'm good with the melody. Yesterday, Mariah Carey's beautiful rendition of Oh Holy Night was rather poor but today it was much better. The rate of change over just hours is amazing. After activation my audi and the Med-El rep introduced me to what came with the Rondo 2 processor while I"m listening only with the implant. I was just happy to hear sounds and these guys are talking to me already! It has been a tough waiting period. I Had trouble with spitting up blood (for three weeks) and tinnitus of my heart beat (which was maddening). But now that's all done and I'm good. I am old guy so needed a little good news and yesterday I got. it. I did lose most of my residual hearing so I chose Rondo 2. Many on this forum have mentioned how loud the volume is on the Rondo2 and it is true. I am hearing the TV at much lower volume than with my hearing aids. These first four mappings are testing different volume levels (all seem loud to me). On TV the quality of the dialogue is such I'm not understanding much of it. But, hey, it's a little better than it was yesterday. For some reason music comes through more accurately than TV audio? Thanks to all who post here. Your comments about your experiences and devices have been very helpful, especially in choosing Rondo 2 (special shout out to @Mary Beth. @Jewel @Cara Mia ) C T Lex
  7. 5 points
    Mine is simply the fact I can talk to people again. I was always an outgoing guy and didn’t let my hearing loss stop me while with close friends despite messing up big time occasionally but I was really withdrawing otherwise. Now I can go into a coffee shop and chat with anyone. Getting my life back! (And some new friends)😀
  8. 5 points
    Mary Featherston

    favorite WOW moments

    Today it was warm (for January in Minnesota, 40F) and I went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for a walk. It was a bit windy, and when I was walking near oaks with dry, brown leaves still on the tree, I could hear them rustling in the wind. I'm not sure I've ever heard that before. Lots of birds singing today too! It was a great walk.
  9. 5 points
    Hi, I'm Jess and live in Perth Western Australia. I have a daughter who was implanted at the age of 11months with bilateral implants. We have used the OPUS 2, Rondo and now the sonnets which are our processor of choice. My daughter is now 7 and has very fluent clear speech. We still have all the usual issues in day to day life, missing processors, broken parts but in general extremely grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful product. Thanks Jess
  10. 5 points
    My father-in-law played clarinet prior to WWII. He is 93 now and started playing again at 50. He is an attorney ( Tax) and plays so very well. He got me started in the Jazz camp we go to every July. Amazing! my point is start again. Choose an instrument- it something you can due throughout your life and a great way to listen, improvising your audio skills and memory and brain training.
  11. 5 points
    sassychele02

    favorite WOW moments

    Hi @Mary Beth hello everyone! I'm catching up on posting and reading the forums. I enjoy them so much and live this community. I have 2 wow moments since activation I would love to share. 1. My mom cane to visit a week ago. She was not only in another room completely out of sight but also behind d a closed door. I heard her clearly ask my aunt to tell me she wanted to go to the store. My aunt sat wide mouth as I said dis she just say to tell me she wants to go to the store. Lol. WOW number 2. I was interviewed for a local podcasting on inspiring women. My session was about my cochlear journey and how it has changed my and my family dynamics of communicating.
  12. 5 points
    Hi @Mary Beth just came back from the Audi, I'm back at work now. this activation was much shorter than the first one and so far everything looks good. It sounds weird at the moment having too much noise. Voices and sounds are high pitch like helium voices but in between I could recognise different voices from the start. I'm planing to use both processors everyday and leave the new one only after my job finishes at 4 pm. I'll keep you posted. Edit: tomorrow is already today here!!!
  13. 5 points
    Joan

    November and December 2018 dates

    @Mary Beth definitely some exciting times ahead for all! @Margo @Esteban @Daniel the Stranger @Nikki @Mary Featherston @Marion nancy I wish all of you the very best and a terrific week!
  14. 5 points
    Thanks @Mary Beth - you did a great job of promoting the HearPeers Forum in Innsbruck and it's great to be here! I am a HearPeers mentor on the UK version of the site - here is a link to my profile which has some info about my hearing journey also: https://www.hearpeers.uk/mentors/ruth/ The meetup was really wonderful. It was fantastic to meet all the other users and MED-EL staff, and I learned so much about the implants, processors, and how they're made and developed. I definitely came away with a renewed sense of wonder and gratitude. I have had my implant for nearly twenty years! Here is a link to my Facebook post (public) with photos from the event: Another nice effect of this meetup and seeing all the other users who are so diverse, confident, talented, and wonderful was feeling more confident in myself. I have spent most of my life trying to hide my deafness and blend in. On the first night some of us had an interesting conversation about a model who got their processor photoshopped out of a picture. Another parent said that a friend had suggested they grow their child's hair longer to cover the processor, and her response was 'why would I do that? The processor is so wonderful!' This morning I went to the gym and wore my hair up, with my processors proudly on display. A small and very significant step for me! I've always known how wonderful they are, and now I feel proud to show them off, too.
  15. 5 points
    Day 3 - We began today with group photos outside Med-El headquarters near the Med-El sign. Then we focused on digital media all morning. Breakout groups focused on topics such as: -What digital media helped us at the beginning of our journeys? -What digital media may help others? -Med-El’s multiple digital media platforms, including a new Instagram presence! -Some of us participated in filmed interviews of each other in pairs. And then it happened. You could’ve heard a pin drop as everyone realized Inge Hochmair stopped by to visit with us. We were so in awe. Inge Hochmair, the creator of the modern cochlear implant and founder of Med-El, was standing right there! I met Inge and tried to express my deepest gratitude for her life’s work which has changed my life. I thought I would have this incredible experience for a minute or two since there were 15 of us. But after I finished trying to put into words how much my life has changed and how grateful I am, she asked me questions about my hearing journey. She was interested and took time to hear my experience. I could not believe I was standing there talking with Inge Hochmair! There are no words to describe my feelings. A dream come true. Everyone of us took turns doing the same. None of us could believe this was happening. And then Erwin Hochmair joined! We owe so much to the Hochmairs. Thank you for Med-El and for changing our lives! I had passed along thank you cards to be given to the Med-El employees who made each of my specific internal components on Day 2. Our serial numbers are able to identify the exact people who made them. It turned out that 3 of the team of people who made my right Concerto implant were there and they came down to meet me. Barbara from Med-El’s social media team translated for us. My eyes filled with tears as soon as I saw them. We talked for quite awhile. I told them how much I appreciate how carefully they made my implant and how their work took my ear which had not processed any sound for 24 years and turned it into an incredible listening ear. Thanks to Barbara’s translating not only was I able to share some of my right ear’s WOW moments but they were also able to ask me things they were curious about. Teary moments and laughter ......and another chance to say thank you so much for this gift of hearing! Ideas of ways to help people on their journeys were developing as we continued to learn from each other. We could feel the excitement at Med-El. More and more Med-El employees were coming down and discussing these ideas during coffee breaks. (Which is quite funny that those times were called coffee breaks because I was so excited to be meeting and talking with Med-El employees from all different departments that I never actually had any coffee!) We enjoyed lunch together with Med-El employees and then our time at Med-El headquarters was ending. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to all the wonderful Med-El employees. Smile. This first ever Med-El Meetup created a blended group of Med-El users and Med-El employees who are all highly motivated to work together to help others on their hearing journeys. It really is a beginning and I am excited. The afternoon was spent at Med-El’s interactive museum about hearing called AUDIOVERSUM. We screamed and then screamed in pairs to try to match the decibel level of an elephant. We tried our best but the elephant won. We saw a huge 3-D ear transmit sound. We chased birds using bilateral hearing, ran into walls in virtual reality 3-D sound mazes and played music with huge interactive cochlear hairs. Later we rode the cable car up Nordkette Mountain overlooking the beautiful town of Innsbruck and enjoyed dinner high up in the Austrian Alps. Saying goodbye to everyone was difficult. Our group bonded so easily that we are already special friends. I hope our paths cross in person again someday. We will stay connected via social media. We shared an amazing experience with Med-El. I see future travel plans to far off countries where we now have friends to visit. Smile. Med-El’s first ever Med-El Meetup was a huge success! Thank you Med-El for inviting me to participate in this incredible experience!
  16. 5 points
    Mary Beth

    Bilateral Bliss

    Here is my bilateral WOW moment of the day. I would love to hear yours too! After decades of never knowing where sounds were coming from, it amazes me that my brain now hears in 3-D. This afternoon in high school English class I was seated next to a student in the second row. The teacher wanders around the room sometimes as she teaches. Today she was reading aloud as she wandered around the room. I kept looking straight ahead. I didn’t need to look at the text because I understood her fine. While I was listening, I realized that I was picturing her in the room as she moved. I knew exactly where she was at all times just by the way her voice sounded in each ear. Hearing in 3-D is so awesome! I love my CIs!
  17. 5 points
    Well guys, I had the appointment with my surgeon today and confirmed the date of my second surgery for the 10 of October, about 5 months later from the first one.
  18. 4 points
    Joan

    Favorite sounds of your week!

    My favorite sounds this week..... Rain on the roof Trees rustling in the wind Birds and more birds Laughter Hearing my six-year old granddaughter tell me I’m the best Grammy in the whole world!
  19. 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. 🙂
  20. 4 points
    I have been sent 4 audiology appointments! Nice to know ahead of time. The schedule is this: surgery on 12th April activation on 1st May (nearly 3 weeks post surgery) Further 3 audiology sessions, weekly from activation. Now it's getting very exciting!!!
  21. 4 points
    @Jewel You made an awesome list!!! Now I’ll add a few specific ones of my own 😁 *I recently went with a friend to see Anastasia on Broadway (for the first time since getting my CI) and could follow the entire story and dialogue. I loved that. *I work in apparel (Technical Design to be specific) and during fittings it’s my responsibility to take fit notes/comments to send to the vendor on pattern and garment fit corrections and I would never be able to do it without my CI. There is a lot of talk during these fittings between different departments (PD, Design, Merch) that if I didn’t have my CI, I’d never be able to follow!! *At work, I’d never hear people calling my name from across the room, now I do! *I love that I can understand accents from around the world with very little effort *Music sounds the best it ever has - like a complete song not half or part of a song *Its been very freeing being able to talk and listen on the phone with ease *I can eavesdrop on conversations at work...hehe so fun! Never could do that before Thats all I have for now off the top of my tired head 😴😁
  22. 4 points
    Well I only have one CI but I certainly do love it. It has literally changed my life in the past 5 months since I've been activated. 1. I got my life back! I can be the independent person I was previously. I no longer have to depend on someone to do things for me because of my deafness. 2. I now remember my love for music! For so many years I couldn't enjoy music. Now I play it as soon as I hop into my car. 3. I can follow the storyline and genuinely laugh with the rest of the audience when I go to the cinema or to the theater for live plays. 4. I can make and receive phone calls with no problem. I can call coworkers instead of having someone else make the call for me or me having to literally walk to the person's office! 5. I can hear the ambulance and police sirens which I have not been able to do in over a decade! 6. I can look at a person's entire face and enjoy the conversation and not have to focus on the person's lips and rely on lipreading and hope that the person doesn't realise that all I am doing is looking at his/her lips! 7. I can tune into webinars at work which aren't captioned and which I couldn't benefit from before for work. 8. I can follow along generally with ease when I'm in a meeting. 9. I can hear people talking behind me and actually hear what they say! 10. I can actually carry on a conversation while driving, irrespective of whether the person is sitting beside or behind me. 11. I can hear the raindrops on my car! 12. I can hear the car indicator. 13. I no longer have to say "What?" every few minutes. 14. I can block out what everyone is saying by going to telecoil or removing the processor or I can welcome the sound by using M or MT. 15. I can hear people with soft voices. 16. I sometimes forget that I'm deaf thanks to this amazing device! 17. I can hold a conversation on an intercom at a gate. 18. When I wear the processor, my voice sounds better (so I'm told). 19. I have been able to keep my job (so far). 20. I can enjoy the various sounds all around me, like the birds chirping. I used to think that there are hardly any birds in town cos I couldn't hear them. Now I am hearing them even if I don't see them. And I hear the lizards and crickets too. 21. I can enjoy YouTube vids and audio recordings. I could go on and on and on! 😂 Please chime in @Kara of Canada @Marion nancy @Emily C. @Hicksy @DaveD
  23. 4 points
    First day "WOW" moments. -The wine pouring in my glass - My daughter said, "I love you Daddy" and I understood it! -The rustling of a plastic bag -Steak sizzling on the grill. -Throwing a handful of stones and hearing them hit the ground 20 feet away -The sound of water from the tap running into the sink -I could rub my fingers together and hear it in my right ear OMG this is great! Thank you to the mentors on this site. Especially the three super stars; @Jewel, and @Mary Beth, and @Mary Featherston! You are all so wonderful for us newbies getting ready to embark on this incredible journey. Thanks! You are the BEST!
  24. 4 points
    @Daniel the Stranger and @Joseph it wouldn't have occurred to me to think about the impact of getting your CIs in a country and a language that's not your native ones in either case. I will say, though, that I have an enormous amount of respect for you guys - not just the CI rehab, but even moving to a new country and living with communicating in a new language. I've spent quite a lot of time in Spain, and quite a lot of time in Israel too, and though I was reasonably proficient, if not fluent, in Spanish at the time (it was a long time ago and most of my vocabulary has, like Elvis, left the building, as I'm reminded every time my friend Jose Miguel posts on my Facebook page) but I could understand. But that's a far cry from being able to communicate on a level that would make me employable, and adding CI rehab to the mix - well, you guys, as I said, you have my respect.
  25. 4 points
    I'm doing great! Totally off all pain meds. Took my first shower and washed my hair yesterday. Just waiting until activation on the 21st. Looking to hear how @shaun does on his activation on the 20th.
  26. 4 points
    Aww thanks for this. Still awaiting my letter with my surgery date! They said Feb or March so hopefully any day now I'll hear (pun intended). Will keep you updated!
  27. 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.
  28. 4 points
    Mary Featherston

    favorite WOW moments

    Last night we went to a party at a co-worker's house. This was the first time in years that I really enjoyed being at a party, I was able to move from group to group and participate in conversations with everyone there. It was great.
  29. 4 points
    Med-El just completed its first ever Med-El Meetup in Innsbruck Austria. It was held October 17-19, 2018. 15 Med-El users/parents from 11 countries participated. It was a very diverse group of people. Parents of CI users Long time bilateral CI users Bilateral CI users Unilateral CI user who is deaf in the other ear too but in countries which do not offer bilateral CIs to adults Bimodal user Single sided deaf CI user Bilateral BoneBridge user Vibrant SoundBridge user I was so surprised to receive an invitation. It was an amazing event. If Med-El hosts future global meetup events and you receive an invitation, I strongly encourage you to attend. I’d like to share the event with you. Several other HearPeers members attended as well. I hope they share their experience with us here too. @Ivana Marinac @Veronika Hörfarter (welcome to HearPeers Veronika.) Hopefully more people who attended the event will join HearPeers soon too. Some attendees have Instagram and Twitter accounts. Searching for #medelmeetup will guide you to their experiences. Thank you Med-El for this unexpected, amazing invitation. It was an awesome event.
  30. 4 points
    Megan L.

    Alarm Clock

    I’ve used the Sonic Alert - Sonic Boom for years. It vibrates (I put in between the mattress and box spring), flashes your table lamp, and makes a loud noise if you choose that option. I use the flashing light in the fall/winter and the vibrating option in the spring/summer. I also use the fit bit Alta when traveling You have a lot of options now @pakom!!
  31. 4 points
    Mary Beth

    favorite WOW moments

    We are approaching the 3rd anniversary of my left CI’s activation thus making me bilateral. Time sure does fly! Sometimes when I am at home I just sit and listen to the quiet normal sounds of our household. Even though I am in a room alone, I can hear family members all over the house. Waking up, taking a shower, making coffee, preparing a meal... It may seem insignificant to others, but it is sooo significant to me. I used to only know what was happening in the room I was in at the time. And honestly, if people were talking in that room, I didn’t know everything that was even happening in that room. Now I am in tune with our whole home. I’ve been living this amazing dream of hearing with my CIs for 3 years now and I am still amazed everyday. I hope you all have a happy listening day today!
  32. 4 points
    Yesterday marked the two years since my activation. Two years since I returned to the world of sounds. It was hard, but it was worth.
  33. 4 points
    Mary Featherston

    Storing your stuff

    @Megan L. here are pictures from the eBay listing. Outside and inside. There are more drawers than that, it's just representative.
  34. 4 points
    Mary Beth

    HearPeers and its awesome members

    While participating in the Med-El Meetup, I found myself talking repeatedly about how awesome everyone is in our HearPeers forum. It seemed that most people thought HearPeers was a forum for people just starting on their CI journeys or in the early stages of gathering information. To me, HearPeers is a community of Med-El users, and a few users of other brands. It is a place to celebrate WOW moments, ask questions, share listening difficulties and tips, and so much more. Many of us have developed lifelong friendships which extend outside the HearPeers forum. HearPeers has not always been such a vibrant, awesome, diverse community. I am thankful to each HearPeers member for making HearPeers what it is today....my favorite online community of CI users. I must’ve been a bit persuasive as several participants have joined! Smile. So thank you for making HearPeers so awesome.
  35. 4 points
    Spending time, through social media and in person, with other CI users is so important. I’m looking forward to meeting more CI users in person. We should schedule informal HearPeers members meetups!
  36. 4 points
    Our cat, Madison, joining in the fun.
  37. 4 points
    Ha! I thought i showed you, Joe! Anyway was going to email you my bilateral activation went great. Guitar already sounds more fabulous I've got a Gretsch parlor guitar very pretty and sounding amazing. Rich lows and bright highs. I absolutely love that I can play and enjoy music again. Here is my beauty Btw, Joe, you've mentioned to me that you use headphones and play along music. Do you have headphones that do both at the same time?? @Jdashiell
  38. 4 points
    MED-EL Moderator

    Flying to Europe with CI

    Hi @Jewel, You shouldn't need to take off your audio processor for going through x-rays etc, however, do inform airport staff. You can read more about travelling with a cochlear implant here: https://blog.medel.com/traveling-with-a-cochlear-implant/. Thanks, Mary
  39. 4 points
    @Mary Beth @Jewel @Jenni M @Daniel the Stranger @Kara of Canada @Marion nancy @Nikki hello gang and anyone I didn't tag. Congratulations on activation and or CI surgery!! It's an awesome journey. I've been busy with rehabilitation and juggling appointments. I am loving the adventure. I hope one day I may be able to go bilateral ?. Happy Sunday to all.
  40. 4 points
    The electric teakettle boiling the water , the dogs barking next door , the car radio from the car in front of me with my windows up,the buzzing of an old thermostat that my family says has been doing this for years ..they got used to it ..started driving me crazy ..I had it replaced with a new one that didn’t make any noise ..?and going bilateral is a whole new world ..much easier to hear in stores/ restaurants etc etc .. Jane
  41. 4 points
    Carolyn

    New User with questions and concerns

    Hi All, thank you for your responses. I saw my audi who made some minor adjustments and a new map. I didn't notice much difference, but truthfully, the whole experience is getting better with time. As my audiologist tells, me "words, like music, are all on pitches. You brain just has to figure it out." I am also wearing my hearing aid in the non-implanted ear now. That hearing aid doesn't really assist with speech discrimination, but it normalizes everything. Overall, my quality of life is soooo much better. Thanks again for responding!
  42. 4 points
    Hicksy

    Newly Activated Users

    Emily C, I quickly got bored with Angel Sounds and such and would only use it occasionally. I joined the local library and downloaded audiobooks and the corresponding e-book and read along while listening to the audiobook via the Artone neck loop. I would go to a noisy coffee shop, and at first would put the Sonnet on Telecoil and barely be able to follow along reading the book. The narrator was robotic, I didn’t even realize for the longest time they would switch male/female if the dialogue demanded? If I lost my place reading along I was completely lost. I’m talking a month activated or so. I gradually progressed to where I was was following along easily, voices sounded more normal, hearing and understanding whole paragraphs at times! I got to the point where I would switch to MT and try to read through the noise of the coffee shop. It’s still a real challenge but I find good practise. You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to pick things up, I laugh now at how befuddled I was and continue to be at sounds I had no chance of hearing before. It’s quite an experience and it will only get more amazing.
  43. 4 points
    Valentin

    Hello from Louisville

    Mary Beth have a good idea the speech to text. I give you two other. ideas. Use Google/apple speech regognition. I' using it a huge in whatsapp now. and other, The years I was deaf, until a few months after the activation, my wife wrote to me in a notebook. It's more rudimentary, but it works! Guaranteed. I keep this notebooks as souvenir ?
  44. 4 points
    My activation date is September 20!!!!
  45. 4 points
    I have my second surgery on October 12 and activation will be on November 1.
  46. 4 points
    Dave in Pittsburgh

    Roger

    I received my Roger21 and Roger Pen 10 days ago all I have to say is WOW! It’s great to watch TV and not have closed caption on. I have been involved in 3 conferences with approx 5-15 people and it was great to hear people with very little problems.The conference that had 15 people att I did ask the person to wear the pen during his opening speech,I was little hesitant I guess fear,embarrassment but he had no problem at all with my request and we were strangers we have never meet. I am bilateral and I had my audiologist order a second Roger for my other ear even though I have to pay for it,as insurance classification is accessory .
  47. 4 points
    Kara of Canada

    favorite WOW moments

    Best of luck! @Al West! My wow moment for the day. I went to the beach today which is a very large fresh water lake. It was like visiting the ocean! The waves were amazing and I heard the water with two ears! Phenomenal! I had an amazing time!! Plus here’s a pic of my two “ears” ready in water wear.
  48. 4 points
    Daniel the Stranger

    favorite WOW moments

    Today at lunch, I could hear the food sizzling after taking the glass container from the microwave.I just put my ear close to my lunch to make sure it was the food lol.
  49. 4 points
    Jewel

    Rondo2 Unboxed!

    Just saw this vid. The Rondo2 comes with the Artone! I really hope to get the Rondo2! https://youtu.be/v67OJzbLCy0
  50. 4 points
    Dorothy

    New to HearsPeers

    Hi, it's me again! I just got word this afternoon that I am finally going to have surgery for my Cochlear Implant. Imagine my surprise when I was told that it will be next Tuesday, July 3rd! I was certain that it would take at least 5 weeks before I would get a date for surgery as I only contacted the doctor's office today to start the process to reschedule. Here's hoping there are no surprises between now and then that would cause me to have to cancel again! Any and all good thoughts and best wishes are appreciated!
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