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Mary Beth

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  1. @Watersail You are welcome! I can not tell you how cool it has been today to keep up with the game on TV even when cooking in the kitchen! Sounds great!
  2. The instructions are vague. Replace as needed. Can be worn for several days.
  3. @Nischal Koirala Early days for you! A lot will change very soon! It is so bizarre isn’t it? A pen dropped on a wooden desk sounded like an explosion! Smile. I could hear my shirt as I moved. Crazy wild ride as our brains figure out which sounds to pay attention to and which sounds to ignore. I share my experience listening after activation in this video.
  4. @Nischal Koirala I think you may be the first Rondo 2 user in HearPeers to use GripWear. How is it working for you?
  5. @perico I love Rondo in waterwear. It is comfortable, stays completely dry and sounds great. I put the Rondo in waterwater with its seal, then in EarGear covers with a tether clipped to my suit and then a nammucap (very light and comfortable) for extra safety. This works great for me and I have been swimming in the ocean with this set up ever since Med-El released the waterwear. I would not risk my Rondo processors by going into the water without the waterwear and its seal.
  6. @SWS0107 Bilateral CIs are amazing! Wishing you the best!
  7. @SWS0107 For most people, all frequencies are activated at the initial activation. These frequencies (for me it is 100-8500 Hz) are separated into ranges controlled by specific electrodes on our electrode array. In my journey, the various frequency ranges did not all settle in at the same time. At one point, I was highly aware of high frequency sounds until they settled in. At another time I was highly aware of low frequency sounds until they settled in. It takes our brains awhile to adjust to receiving input on all these frequencies which we may not have been hearing for a very long time. I kept a listening journal and shared important info from the journal during my MAPping appointments. Sometimes a new MAP during the early weeks would set me back for a bit. And then it would advance me further than I had ever been. I trained with aural rehab activities every day. I could tell through the training whether things were improving or if the MAP needed adjustments.
  8. Update! After testing out the TVB with @Joan on her TV, I ordered one right away for my home. It arrived and works great! HOW TO AVOID AUDIO DELAY With Joan’s TV there is no audio delay with the TVB connected via the red and white audio out jacks. On my TV there was a slight audio delay when connected with the red and white audio out jacks. So I connected the TVB via the optical audio out (cable included in the TVB box). No audio delay! TVB SWITCHES On the TVB there are two switches. Keep one switch on TX (transmitter) so it sends the sound to our neckloops. The other switch depends on how we connect the TVB to the TV. -If we use optical audio out, that switch needs to be set to SPDIF. -If we use the red and white audio out, that switch needs to be set to AUX. Once set up, we are good. Set it and forget it. Smile. PAIRING As stated previously, the directions to pair the TVB to the neckloop are not clear. But fortunately it is quite easy to do. To pair the TVB to a neckloop..... FIRST make sure the neckloop will not automatically pair to a previous device (like your phone). I turned on my neckloop, let it automatically pair to my previous device (phone) and then went to BT settings on my phone and told the phone to forget the Artone. Then turn off the Artone neckloop. Repeat if the neckloop will automatically pair to other previous devices (like your iPad). If you are using a new neckloop, you just skip this step. (I have several Artone neckloops because I love them! So I have set one specific neckloop aside to use with the TVB. A sticker easily marks which neckloop is for the TVB. This makes things easy for me because each neckloop automatically pairs with the device I want to use it with.) SECOND Turn on the TVB by pressing and holding the button down for 2 seconds. Blue blinking light will start. THIRD Hold your neckloop close to the TVB. Press and hold the neckloop button UNTIL the alternating red and blue flashing lights start. Let go of the button BUT keep the neckloop close to the TVB. You will see the blue blinking light on the TVB start blinking slower. Just stay close and be patient. Several seconds later (longer than you might anticipate) the red and blue flashing lights on the neckloop will stop and the neckloop will begin blinking blue. You are all set! So far for me, my neckloop pairs automatically every time I turn it on. BUT it does take the neckloop moments longer to pair with the TVB than my phone. If I just give it those moments, it connects automatically. Joan needs to re-pair her neckloop each time. So this may vary. VOLUME We can change the volume while we are on MT (mix) or T (TVB only) two ways. Our change in volume does not alter the volume of the TV for family/friends. It is our own personalized volume! 1) Use the volume up/down controls on the Artone neckloop. 2) Use our Fine Tuner volume controls. (Remember to reset yourself later if you choose this option.) MUTE (3rd option to mute added) The mute function of the actual television WILL NOT mute sound through the TVB/neckloop set up. (So we can actually hear the TV perfectly fine while it is on MUTE for others.) The pause button on the neckloop WILL NOT pause or mute sound through the TVB/neckloop set up. BUT we do have three ways to mute sound while using the TVB/neckloop set up. 1) Use the FineTuner to return to M 2) Take off the neckloop 3) Pause the TV Excellent sound quality. No audio delay. Works great as I move around and change rooms! This is a winner in my book. @Hearing Again @Watersail
  9. @MaryGP Glad your recovery is going well. I did not experience an itchy ear. I always think it is a good idea to run these types of questions through your CI surgical team. I hope it clears up soon.
  10. @Nischal Koirala Congratulations! Everything sounded so weird at first for me too. I tell my story in this captioned video.
  11. @Rick H My cat would do the same thing. Way too tempting for cats!
  12. @SWS0107 Congratulations on your activation! In the early weeks a lot of strange things can happen that are all normal. If you have any concerns, you may want to reach out to your audiologist. Are you scheduled for another appointment soon? Wishing you the best!
  13. @suzcohen I had so much trouble with ZeniPower CI batteries and my Sonnets. Many people did. False dead battery beeps. Terrible battery life. Quite a few of us contacted Med-El US about it several years ago. Power One Implant batteries consistently work great for me in my Sonnets. If your insurance covers batteries, you can order Power One Implant batteries through Med-El . If your insurance does not cover batteries, the exact same batteries are available online for less money. If you decide to try Power One Implant batteries in your son’s Sonnets with the Roger 21, I’d love to hear about your experience.
  14. @suzcohen YAY! So glad you have a work around. Definitely have your son carry extra Sonnet standard rechargeable batteries to school because people are reporting that with Roger use one standard rechargeable battery is not lasting until their children return home. Just out of curiosity, what type disposable batteries were you using? In my experience, the Sonnets are very finicky about power (disposable & rechargeable). It can be frustrating.
  15. @suzcohen It is very interesting. Since the same Roger 21 will work when on the right Sonnet, it seems like the Roger 21 is fine. And I expect the Roger 21 that was working on the right Sonnet, fails to work if you move it to the left Sonnet? You said you tried a different left Sonnet and had the same problem. And you have tried different Roger transmitters to be sure the issue is not with the transmitter itself. This must be frustrating. In the meantime, if you or the school has a Roger X type (02) receiver and a Sonnet FM battery cover with 3 holes on the bottom, you can use that on the left side along with the Roger 21 on the right side. Be sure to set the Roger X (02) receiver to the CI setting for Sonnets using the Touchscreen Mic. It is easy to do and once set it will stay set. or your son could temporarily use a Roger MyLink neckloop receiver (under his shirt if desired) and put both processors in MT. I will reach out to our Phonak rep and see if he has heard of this.
  16. @suzcohen If your son removes his right Sonnet and only listens with his left Sonnet (without using the Roger tech), can he hear well?
  17. @suzcohen Let’s start at the beginning. Roger receivers must be paired one at a time with any Roger transmitter. Have you tried pairing the left Roger 21 by holding the Roger receiver close to it while the right Roger 21 is quite a distance away (not on his right ear or close by). Roger Touchscreen Mic (is that the transmitter used at school?) is a terrific transmitter and has a screen display showing connectivity.
  18. Definitely keep everything out of cat reach! Easier said than done! Rondo 2 will have an charging pad and the processor just rests on top. Very enticing to cats! Possibly plug that in a room you can close off at night. Sonnet 2 will have both a rechargeable battery charger (blinking lights) and a dry kit (light). You may want to keep those in a room you can close off at night too. Everything else can go in drawers or a closet. I love the Artone neckloop do always have two of those charging up too.
  19. @MaryGP I will be thinking of you on Thursday and hoping things go as easily for you as they did for me. You may want to tell the anesthesia team about your concerns of nausea. I did and they dealt with it on the cocktail of meds they used. Worked splendidly. Tough decision..... can you choose one Rondo 2 and one Sonnet. Get activated with the Rondo 2. Leave the Sonnet unopened. Trade the Sonnet for a Sonnet 2. Then you will have one of each of the newest processors. People here have done that. I love Rondo for waterwear. It is spectacular.
  20. @Gerry I know it’s confusing because so many different things are called HearPeers! Sign up for HearPeers US here... https://www.hearpeers.us They emailed the $150 off AudioLink coupon. It expires soon so after you sign up, you may want to contact them.
  21. Great idea Peter. I am an iOS user but hopefully some Android users will review your guide and give you feedback. @pdk
  22. @Marlene This link also is for Canada https://www.medel.com/ca/audiolink
  23. @Marlene This link says US and Canada http://www.hearingreview.com/2019/07/med-el-announces-audiolink-voucher-option-sonnet-swap-program/
  24. @Marlene I am in the US. I do not know which promos are offered in Canada. Sorry
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