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Mary Beth

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  1. @Valentin LOL. That is funny. Did it really happen to you?
  2. @Jdashiell Have you tried InnoCaption on your cell phone yet? Since they use live stenographers instead of automatic software to convert speech to text, the delay is not bad. It’s free and easy to set up an account. Cordless phones for landlines at home have pros and cons. Pros.... the area that the speech comes out of is larger than cell phones so it is easier to position it over our processor mics and they often have a speakerphone option. Cons....sound quality varies greatly. Telephone With Confidence is great phone practice. And no stress because it is just recordings. But in real life the sound quality on phones varies greatly. The best practice with accents for me was Ted Talks. Many many presenters have accents. It helped me a lot. Also audiobooks of stories by foreign authors. Scribd has quite a selection and is convenient for me for $8.99/month. Others find their local libraries to be great resources for audiobooks online. We have a trip planned and I have been listening to audiobooks from authors in those countries to practice accents.
  3. @Mary Featherston Although I would love to try out every single processor Med-El releases, that just is not going to happen. There will always be processors that I never experience. I plan on learning from others and then making the best choice I can each time I am able to upgrade. I think Med-El will have amazing things in store for us. Tech is changing so rapidly. It is a good time to be deaf. Smile.
  4. @Jdashiell I am so happy music is back in your life. If you ever want to discuss tech for hearing on the phone, just let me know.
  5. @MED-EL Moderator Sorry. I found it under settings then signature. I forgot how to do that. Sorry.
  6. @MED-EL Moderator I tried to update my info that displays automatically at the bottom of each of my posts. I went into my profile. Chose edit. Changed a few things and hit save. But the info at the bottom of my posts did not update. How do I update that info correctly?
  7. Yup. I have had that experience too! It’s not good.
  8. I forgot about that! I had to have pre-op visit and possible bloodwork too with my primary care physician. She also did an EKG. But my vaccinations were through my pharmacy.
  9. @mgfiest That would make sense if the FM sleeve uses different battery contacts for the disposable battery pack versus the rechargeable battery. Fingers crossed. keep us posted
  10. @mgfiest Sounds like there may be a problem with your FM battery sleeve. Are you able to contact your Med-El CSR or CI center to see about replacing it?
  11. @mgfiest You are using the Roger X (02) receiver plugged into the Sonnet FM battery cover? https://www.phonakpro.com/content/dam/phonakpro/gc_hq/en/products_solutions/wireless_accessories/roger_receivers/documents/fitting_guide_roger_med-el_sonnet_rondo_opus2.pdf
  12. @Mary Featherston I noticed on Med-El’s US website that sometimes they offer a discount for self-pay when you trade in a processor. It is still expensive to self pay but there have been targeted discounts for specific trade ins.
  13. @mgfiest Link to FAQ about Roger 21 https://blog.medel.com/roger-21-from-phonak-frequently-asked-questions/
  14. @mgfiest Cover on your battery.......are you referring to the Roger 21 battery cover that you must use in order to pick up the sound from the Roger Pen? If that Roger 21 battery cover works perfectly fine with your Roger Pen when using disposable batteries, I don’t think it is the problem. https://www.phonakpro.com/content/dam/phonakpro/gc_hq/en/products_solutions/wireless_accessories/roger_receivers/documents/datasheet_roger_21.pdf
  15. I am still under 5 years since being implanted and have OPUS 2, Rondo 1 and Sonnet 1 processors. My timing for upgrading will be determined by my insurance approval. My OPUS 2 processors are becoming obsoleted by Med-El so after their warranty expires, Med-El will no longer repair them. My wish to try new processors also impacts my upgrade timing. There is a part of me that wishes to try all Med-El processors. Smile. I know that will not be possible. Having to choose one processor at my upgrade time will be difficult. I appreciate everyone who shares their experiences (likes and dislikes) about new processors on HearPeers. I am learning about the new processors from reading your posts. Thank you.
  16. @mgfiest Roger receivers do drain CI batteries quickly because they are using the CI battery power too. Roger MyLink neckloop receiver does not have that effect on CI batteries because it has it own rechargeable battery. The CI is merely using its own telecoil to pick up the sound from the neckloop. Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop also has its own rechargeable battery so it doesn’t impact CI battery life either. Again, the CI is merely using its own telecoil to pick up the sound from the neckloop. Artone has a transmitter which can be connected to the TV for TV sound streaming. Anytime we attach a receiver to our processor, that receiver drains power from the processor battery. This has been a problem for children in school using the Sonnet 21 Roger receivers. Many children run out of battery power before they return home when using the standard rechargeable batteries. This presents the need to swap out the batteries mid school day. That has not been easy for some parents. Many have returned to using disposable batteries which easily last an entire day even while using the Roger 21 receivers.
  17. Vanderbilt is extending their image guided CI Programming to children. Several of us have participated in Vanderbilt’s image guided CI Programming . http://news.vumc.org/2019/02/21/study-takes-personal-approach-to-cochlear-implant-programming/
  18. @mgfiest Med-El recommends changing out the standard size rechargeable batteries when they are only getting 7 hours or less. Other than using the number of hours they last, I do not know of any way to assess the rechargeable batteries. They are only under warranty in the US for one year. I have not had the best luck with rechargeable batteries. And Med-El has replaced the batteries and the rechargeable battery adapters and the actual charger and the same thing keeps happening. They start out lasting 10.5 hours but then quickly decrease. Anything under 9 hours just doesn’t work for me. I do not mind swapping out the batteries in the mid afternoon but I am not willing to swap out the batteries two times throughout my listening day. I also had two experiences when a fully charged battery was not actually charged at all when I swapped it in. So I had a dead battery in my battery wallet even though it had charged overnight and the lights on the charger showed that it had charged. So I returned to using disposable batteries. It is refreshing never having dead battery beeps. I can’t figure out what is happening with your Roger experience with the rechargeable batteries. Have you removed the Roger from the TV connection and just checked that it worked with the rechargeable batteries?
  19. @C T lex No, the study I read was by Rene Gifford at Vanderbilt. Here is a link to Rene Gifford discussing the topic a bit. Scroll down to read the interview. It is free. https://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/20q-combining-electric-and-acoustic-20676
  20. I am so happy for you @Annie Hawman! And I hope that these new MAPs bring music back into your life. I’ll send you a PM on FB messenger to chat some more. I am so glad you are on HearPeers! Stick around and post. Smile.
  21. Hi @Annie Hawman! Terrific to see you here. Those batteries sure do have bad timing sometimes! Are you still participating in Dr. Limb’s research on music? How is it going? Are you still using your IG MAPs or have you switched back to more electrodes?
  22. Hi @Valentin! The sounds of nature.....my favorites. I remember being surprised that there is a sound when we touch our shirts!
  23. @Bindu Wow your daughter is adjusting to her CI very well! Terrific! I wish her the best. The one piece processor mic placement is connected to where our internal magnet is placed. That varies from person to person and surgeon to surgeon. My Rondo sits in a great place. I hear sounds from the front and all around perfectly. The ONLY time my Rondo mic placement is at a disadvantage is when there is a nearby loud voice behind me and I am listening to someone a couple of feet in front of me. I know many people who prefer the one piece processor. I love the simple design and ease of use of the Rondo 2 and look forward to upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2 when I can. We will use many different processors during our lifetime. Whichever you choose will be fine.
  24. @MED-EL Moderator Thank you Verena!
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