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Mary Beth

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  1. I have otosclerosis and bilateral cochlear implants. Even with CIs the otosclerosis continues on its own path and can cause problems with facial stimulation. Are there any other HP members who have otosclerosis and CIs? Feel free to PM if you prefer.
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    Listening to music with Sonnets compared to OPUS2/RONDO

    @Angie @MallaRuth is also a musician, like you. She plays clarinet. B flat clarinet Ruth?
  3. For those of you who have both Sonnets and OPUS2/RONDO processors or have had both.... How does listening to music with your Sonnets compare to listening to music with either OPUS 2 or RONDO? Do you notice any difference with bass tones?
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    Listening to music with Sonnets compared to OPUS2/RONDO

    @MallaRuth I perceive full deep bass tones of music with OPUS2/Rondo and with Sonnet processors. There may be a slight advantage to the Sonnet and bass tones in music but only slight. For me, the ability to perceive deep bass tones in music is a combination of any Med-El processor and an awesome MAP by my audiologist. OPUS2, Rondo or Sonnet all do well with bass tones in music for me. My OPUS2 and Rondo have the same MAPs automatically converted for each processor. My Sonnets require a different MAP. The automatically converted MAPs did not work for me. My audiologist had to create different MAPs for my Sonnets.
  5. I am re-evaluating how to listen comfortably on long international flights. My go to tech for listening on planes has been BOSE QC35 noise canceling headphones. I will still use them with my OPUS2 processors but not with my Sonnets. But headphones are not always comfortable on long flights if I rest my head against the plane wall. DAI red jack cable is an option but I find it too stiff. It pulls my processors off of my ears when I turn my head. And I can not quickly switch to hearing the stewardess without disconnecting the cable from the processors. Roger Systems are not to be used on planes per Phonak. Artone BT neckloop or music links require switching to T and planes produce too much electromagnetic interference (buzzing). So I am thinking of using CozyPhones. What do or will you use on long International flights?
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    Dry Box

    I received the Dry Space box I ordered through the Med-El US shop. It holds 2 Sonnets easily. And it has a USB plug for charging.
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    Listening to music with Sonnets compared to OPUS2/RONDO

    @MallaRuth Did you notice a difference in bass tones in music when you switched from your OPUS 2 processors to Sonnets?
  8. @Al West Thanks for your kind words. If your HA (or new HA) has telecoil and your phone is BlueTooth.....you can use the Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop and set your CI processor and HA both on MT. It’s hands free. I love testing out tech so if you want to chat about other options, just let me know.
  9. In our journeys we all encounter difficult listening situations. Sometimes those situations remain difficult. What are difficult listening situations for you right now?
  10. @Al West I read your comment about phone calls with one CI and one HA. Does your HA have a telecoil?
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    Quick intros

    We have so many new HearPeers members! Awesome! How about short quick intros from old and new members? Name (If you wish) location (if you wish) type of implant(s) how long you have been implanted processors you currently use and a fun fact about yourself
  12. @Jewel I felt most disabled prior to my first CI surgery. I had a long standing completely deaf ear and an ear with a severe to profound progressive hearing loss and a very small dynamic range. That was the period of time that I felt most hindered by my hearing loss. It was isolating, exhausting, frustrating and depressing. Then I started my CI journey. Wow my life changed forever. Amazing! Now that I am as deaf as possible......I hear nothing when my processors are off....I actually feel less disabled. Strange huh? My audiologist guided my hearing journey so well that by the time it sunk in that I am deaf, I was actually hearing better than I had been for decades. I am so grateful for the skill, guidance and caring heart of my awesome audiologist. But your point is valid. Without fully functioning processors, I am completely deaf. I depend on my processors to hear everyday. I need them to be consistently reliable. They are my ears. I am thankful for my CIs and the return of hearing.
  13. This is so moving. Vera and her husband Nigel are being filmed all along her journey! Follow the link. Be sure to select the link in the description to access the first episode.
  14. Hello all, @Dave in Pittsburgh had the idea to organize an opportunity for HearPeers members and other Med-El users to meet in person. Saturday September 7, 2019 Niagara Falls, New York Some of us are coming from out of the area. Tentative plan is..... Maid of the Mist late morning Lunch together somewhere Afternoon is open for suggestions Hopefully a Med-El Meet Up or Mingle event possibly at Panera Bread (starting somewhere around 4:30). @Dave in Pittsburgh Is in contact with the Med-El rep and trying to set this up. Followed by dinner at Panera Bread Who wants to join in? The more the merrier. All activities and meals are self pay. You can participate in the entire day or select parts of the day. Meeting other Med-El users is fun. A group photo with waterwear covers on Maid of the Mist sounds awesome! Thank you to @Dave in Pittsburgh for suggesting an in person meet up. Thanks to the small group who worked out a date together... @Kara of Canada @Megan L. @Mary Featherston @Jewel
  15. @Mary Featherston No need to try it.
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    Meet up opportunity in Niagara Falls NY

    Any updates? Who is definitely coming?
  17. @Emily C. I bet you will figure out a way that works comfortably (and quietly) for you. My teen students with CIs and long hair position their processors on their ears first and then deal with their hair and the coil. Some like to wear the coil under their hair. Others prefer to wear the coil on top of their hair. They each have their own method and tend to follow it every time.
  18. In our journeys we face difficult listening situations after activation. Some of these, become easier in time. What were/are your difficult listening situations that are now no longer difficult?
  19. @Megan L. definitely time for a video!
  20. @Nikki thanks for letting me know. So it seems short video clips are not accessible to everyone. So I will not upload video clips as it is important that we all have access to everything. @MED-EL Moderator If you know a way for short video clips to be uploaded and be accessible to everyone, please let us know. Thanks.
  21. @Megan L.and @Emily C. This is quite interesting. I don’t have long hair. I don’t touch the mic area at all when putting my Sonnets on. I use one hand. Rest the Sonnet on my ear and put the coil in place. If there is a way for you to attach the coil after the Sonnet is on your ear @Emily C., it won’t matter if you had touched the mic area since you won’t hear it yet. Is that possible to do?
  22. @Jewel I tested listening to the same song with my Artone neckloop, Sonnets on T... first using my omni program then using my adaptive program These two programs are exactly the same for me except for the mic setting. They sound exactly the same to me while on T listening to music via the Artone. Is there any chance that your programs in omni and natural are not exactly the same except for mic setting? Is there a chance your audiologist adjusted one of them in some way? @Mary Featherston.... are you willing to do the same test using omni and adaptive with your Artone and music and report of you notice a difference? @Jewel Who else on HPs has both natural and omni programs and uses an Artone?
  23. @Mary Featherston I did not realize you prefer omni over Natural too.
  24. @Jewel I just stay in one program 99% of the time. I only use my FineTuner to switch to T. I like things simple.