Mary Beth reacted to MallaRuth in Reimplant after nineteen years
Hi everybody. Just thought I'd share my situation with you in case it's of interest.
I'm a bilateral CI user, had right ear implanted in 2000 and LE in 2010. My RE failed this summer whilst I was on holiday in Rhodes. My implant (well, I thought it was my processor) started switching off at random. I changed batteries a few times, then (using my left processor for spares) I switched the wire, coil, battery pack one at a time. After randomly switching off, the implant would come back on maybe 10 minutes later with a staticky sounding popping nose. After half a day of this, it pretty much stopped coming on altogether. When I got home later that week, my clinic sent out a new processor and I went through the process again of testing all the spare parts, finally switching the processor itself over: no joy. I went for tests the following week.
I had my reimplant surgery less than a month later, on Wednesday 2nd October. My activation is next Thursday. I am excited to get back to stereo... and I wonder how different this new implant will sound. I've gone from a COMBI 40+ with standard electrode to a Synchrony II, so quite an upgrade!
I've always found my left ear to be the 'weak ear' due to the 10 year gap. Using only my left ear since August has really strengthened it, I reckon.
I'd love to hear the experiences of others who have had long gaps in sequential implantation, or have had to rehab following a reimplant. I'll update this following my switch-on.
Mary Beth got a reaction from Rita Marquez in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation
Our audiologists have multiple ways to give us perceived loudness in addition to just increasing the MCL settings.
-wider pulse width
-adjusting threshold settings (quietest sounds we hear)
-changing MAPLAW setting
-turning off electrodes that are not able to be perceived loud enough and shifting those frequencies to other electrodes
-using triphasic pulses instead (This is only available to Med-El CI users.)
-and probably even more ways that I have yet to learn about
Hopefully you, your audiologist and the Med-El regional team in your area can help you get the perceived loudness on your new side soon.
Mary Beth reacted to Kylie in Jess from Australia - Mum of Child with bilateral cochlears
Just saying hi! Was lovely to meet you today.
Mary Beth reacted to Lori Martin in Cochlear Implant
Hi to all here at hearpears
I would like to say I received as of last Thursday from Boston Medical Center that I now have a date along with four others out of state.
My date is November 19th, 2019.
I am going first out of us four.
I am somewhat nervous but all can hear in my voice that I am now gaining excitement!
I will keep all of you here on hearpeers updated on all.
Mary Beth got a reaction from Evren in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation
I am so happy for you! YAY!
Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in Expectation after 2 years with CI
@mgfiest I have a similar thing going on, though not exactly the same. For me, the TV sounds really clear. But music is taking a very long time. I just noticed this week that some songs that had been sounding tinny and weird are starting to sound better - I have heard individual voices or instruments well for some time, but it's taking my brain a while to sort out harmony and multiple voices/instruments. I think it's going to keep getting better!
Mary Beth reacted to Evren in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation
I just had my second appointment with audi today.
Quite a progress, first thing I tested out was music and I can hear many sounds richer and fuller. Enjoying music way better now.
It's not loud enough, because I was way tooo nervous due to fainting spell at activation. So audi tried to go easy with mapping.
I was having a chat with a co-worker today, who almost sound like whispering when he talks.. well I unstersood his speech quite good.
I understand my wife better, without hearing aid on my other ear. She close her mouth, talk and I can make up the words. No lipreading!
My own voice is much better and bass heavy. Doing my favorite voice impressions
So,nNext appt is in 3 months. Can't really wait.
Mary Beth reacted to Esteban in Stethoscope use
@karenRS, @Mary Beth.
I use the stethoscope with the DAI red jack cable and the audio quality is really much better, I would even tell you that better than a bluetooth connection. I suggest you look for a stethoscope with generic audio output and always use it with the DAI red.
Mary Beth reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Problem with forum
To edit your email notification preferences please go here: https://forum.hearpeers.com/notifications/options/ (make sure you are signed in).
I have not been able to work out why some of you don't always get emails, but I will ask our support team for more info. But please do let me know if this problem stops once you have changed your settings.
Mary Beth reacted to Rick H in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation
Good luck on your upcoming decision. Sounds like you can’t go wrong with either one they both have some excellent pros. I know the feeling for travel, my center is about an hours drive but with rush hour traffic I always have to add an hour for safe measure for my appointments. But for me it’s worth it to go where I’m going to get the best outcome from my CI & the best care. One more thing you may want to consider when checking the places out I’ve heard that some centers are single processor centers & others are 2 processor centers meaning they can get you approved for 2 processors. Wether that would be Sonnet2/Rondo2 or Sonnet2/Sonnet2, processors are expensive & having a back up if something happens to one is a major plus! If one of them is a single & the other is a two, it could be the decision maker! Just a thought! Mine luckily was a 2 processor center. Check them out but I’m sure you’ll be great no matter what! My surgery was about 10 days ago & it was a cake walk! One of the best surgeries I’ve had, still waiting for activation. I’m just starting my journey but so far it has been great & I know the best is yet to come!
Technology is a wonderful thing! You’ll do great!! Best of luck to you & take care!
Mary Beth reacted to Elliot in Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free
I'm the developer working with the Hearoes app and wanted to say thanks very kindly for posting this @Mary Beth along with everyone's feedback. It is much appreciated.
Personally, I found the rehabilitation side of auditory feedback quite challenging, which is why I originally developed Hearoes and have ended up releasing it for free to help others who have faced a similar challenge with training.
As I'm always looking to improve the experience and help those with the auditory training process, if you had any feedback or any challenges you're facing with training, please don't hesitate to let me know and you're welcome to reach out here, by DM or via our website https://www.games4hearoes.com/ as I would love to hear from you and how we can help.
You're feedback is invaluable as I've been able continually update the app to address a lot of the bugs (such as the sign in process) as well as the addition to new content based on the feedback from those experiencing Hearoes.
Mary Beth got a reaction from Elliot in Hearoes NEW aural rehab app free
I finished testing out this app today. There are a few glitches....for example the activity that plays two musical tones and asks if the second tone is higher pitched or lower pitched only plays ONE tone ....... one of the activities is not storing the completion data so it is not unlocking the next level even though it was mastered.
But there are some cool listening activities that are very different to other apps. Like the date and time activity and the ordering food activity.
Some of the environmental noises are a little odd. I know our car does not sound like that. Smile.