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Mary Beth

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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Jewel in POLL: What is the longest number of years you (or your child) have used the same type of processor?   
    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.
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Mary Featherston in POLL: What is the longest number of years you (or your child) have used the same type of processor?   
    @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.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Valentin in Most inconvenient dead battery experiences   
    At supermarket, just when the cashier say you the price of our purchase. 🙄 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jdashiell in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Well I still have difficulty hearing on the the phone, 😞 working on that.
    However, I have music back in my life I am able to play guitar and Bass and listen to all kinds of music!!
     
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jdashiell in Most inconvenient dead battery experiences   
    Driving
    in traffic on the free way or turn pike,
    beep beep beep 😩 oh no, hope  I can turn off somewhere soon!
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jdashiell in Base ball hat wearing with a Rondo 2?   
    I had to get a pre-op visit with my Primary care physician, for each of my 4 CI surgeries. I believe I had the vaccine in the first visit. 
    i know for certain I received both doses 
    joe
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Annie Hawman in Most inconvenient dead battery experiences   
    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.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Annie Hawman in Most inconvenient dead battery experiences   
    @Mary Beth - Yes, I am still participating in Dr. Limb's research, and spent this past Monday in the lab there.  There is a new phase (5), and I was given yet another, newer map on Monday and I have to say it is amazing.  What they have given me far surpasses the Vanderbilt map, which I still have on programs 3 & 4.  I will be back @ UCSF next month to test this latest achievement.  I had 2 flights on my way home from SFO on Monday night, and (sit down for this one  LOL) I was able to understand every word of every announcement on the PA system on both airplanes.  No kidding!  I honestly don't think that PA technology on airplanes has gotten that great...  I could hardly understand those announcements when I had 2 perfectly good ears!  LOL  So this is something special, indeed.  They are still looking for participants in this study, and yes, it is image guided mapping.  I would encourage anyone and everyone to sign up!
    I will never switch out my IG maps for the traditional maps, Mary Beth.  It would be like trading in the Cadillac for an old Datsun.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Annie Hawman in Most inconvenient dead battery experiences   
    The most inconvenient time for my batteries to die inevitably happens when I am making phone calls to potential employees to set up interviews.  Somehow my processors "know" I am doing this, when I am trying my best to sound professional, and then "beep beep beep".  LOL
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    Mary Beth reacted to Valentin in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    It's no easy to select one sound. Back to sound words is described a very big WOW moment. It's not immediate, but with the time as @Jewel comment, You discover or re discover what you was losing in this world. Perhaps it is stupid but, some sound surprised to me are leaves of trees falling in autumn and roll on the ground. The rain hitting the roof or the ground.

     
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    Mary Beth reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Rondo 2 meets mud event!   
    Hi @Mary Beth, 
    I've corrected your typo
    Best, Verena 
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    Mary Beth reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Roger Pen.. Rechargeable vs Standard   
    Hi @Mary Beth, Thanks for the suggestion! We will pass this feedback on to the right teams here at HQ! Kind regards, Mary 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Thanks @Mary Beth!! You have an awesome list too 😎 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Hicksy in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    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)😀
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Nikki in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    @Nikki
    The first post in this thread is about our NYC trip and also the thread called most inconvenient dead battery experience!  That happened to me during the musical Beautiful!
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Awesome list @Megan L.!
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    Mary Beth reacted to Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    @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 😴😁
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    I love that I can wake up, put on my CIs and just go about my day hearing everything!  This weekend my CIs heard so many wonderful things.
    -laughter, jokes and conversations of 15 cousins in a noisy pizza parlor
    -moving music of Carole King in the Broadway musical Beautiful
    -beeps, traffic, and city noise of NYC
    -accents of multi-lingual people all discussing how cold the weather felt
    -moving story in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hanson
    -conversations with friends in noisy restaurants and while walking on noisy sidewalks
    -conversations with my awesome audiologist at a MAPping appointment
    -variety of music on our 5 hour ride home
     
    What do you love about your CIs?
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    I tag
    @MallaRuth
    @VeroNika
    @Vera
    @Joan
    @Nikki
    @Megan L.
    @Jewel
    @sassychele02
    @Jdashiell
    @Mary Featherston
    @Cara Mia
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    Please join in.  Post and then tag some friends too.  
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Eh, Phooey   
    @Mary Featherston
    drats!
     
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Mary Featherston in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    @Jewel - such an awesome list!  Yay!
    @Mary Featherston - it is that sense of connection with people.  Makes me teary just thinking about how much I had withdrawn before getting CIs.
    Thanks for sharing and for tagging.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Well, there you go.  @Jewel covered pretty much everything.  🙂
    Probably the biggest thing is the impact on just normal interaction at home with my husband.  I hadn't realized till I got my CIs how much I was withdrawing and just not communicating.  We talk again, and do more together again.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jewel in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    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
     
     
     
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Jewel in Roger Pen.. Rechargeable vs Standard   
    @mgfiest and @Hicksy
    Interesting.  
    Roger does require battery from the Sonnet to power the Roger 21 receiver.  It makes sense that a battery -rechargeable or disposable- near the end of its usefulness will not be strong enough to power the Roger 21 receiver correctly.  Using Roger drains the batteries faster than not using Roger.
    Both the standard rechargeable batteries and the disposable batteries with the Roger 21 battery cover should work.  Technically the micro rechargeable batteries work too with the Roger 21 cover BUT the life of the battery is way too short to be worth using it that way.
    I believe our audiologists can deactivate those weak battery beeps.  I have the weak battery beeps turned on.
    Weird thing is how those beeps work with the different processors!
    OPUS 2 and Sonnet (with disposable batteries)- those beeps go on and on and on.  I know because once it happened while I was driving home and I timed it.  
    Sonnet with rechargeable batteries- beeps and within a few minutes are dead.  Not really enough warning.
    Any processor in waterwear with silver oxide or alkaline batteries- beep rapidly and die immediately.
     
    One of my friends has AB.  Her battery beep warnings are more helpful.  Beep to alert her and then stay quiet so she can hear.  Then beep a different pattern a few moments before they will die.  She has plenty of time to change her batteries and is not bothered by so many beeps so close in time.  @MED-EL Moderator This would be a nice change to have in future processors so we can hear well while we are timing the battery exchange.
     
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    Mary Beth reacted to Nikki in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Love that I forget the sad part that in fact, once upon a time, I completely lost my hearing, and with it a big chunk of things I cared about in life.  It was not really long ago but now feels like a different lifetime.   From the moment I have my CIs on till the time they go to the dry box at night, I have my life,  my music,  regular communication,  lots of sounds as well as birds song - back.  At the end of the day I feel I can accomplish anything. Improved mental health definitely a huge plus.  I love my CIs for giving me a reason to love life again. 
    I also love that my CIs made it possible for me play music .  Something I haven't done for over 2 decades.   
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