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Mary Beth

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    Mary Beth reacted to Dan W in Loss of implant contact after blowing nose   
    Thank you @Terry Bush and @Mary Beth Very reassuring to know. It was unnerving when it happened. 
    I will be extra cautious clearing the bats out of the cave from here on. 
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Dan W in Loss of implant contact after blowing nose   
    I am sorry this happened to you @Dan W.
     
    You can find reports online about this potential issue related to nose blowing and CIs.  I hope it does not happen to you again.
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/coa.12042
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    Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in Working from home Q&A   
    @Mary Beth we have to use Skype (which is being phased out) and Microsoft Teams.  I'll have to check on the captions next week.  I'm off this week - I was supposed to go to Med-El to participate in the research but it was cancelled, and I decided to take the week off anyway.  It's the end of the first quarter, and I haven't used any vacation yet - it's not possible to use up five weeks in the second half of the year!
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Dan W in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    I am thankful for this gift of hearing that is enabling me to hear hours and hours of remote meetings and instruction.  
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    Mary Beth reacted to MED-EL Moderator in MED-EL is here for you.   
    Dear HearPeers, 
    As the situation around the world develops due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we just wanted to let you know that MED-EL is here for you. 
    Our local teams continue to offer customer support in whatever way country restrictions allow them to. You can find the contact for your nearest MED-EL office here: https://www.medel.com/about-medel/med-el-offices-worldwide
    We are still moderating this forum during the week (Monday to Friday) so if you have any other questions you are always welcome to tag or message us.
    All the best, 
    The HearPeers Support Team

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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    I am thankful for this gift of hearing that is enabling me to hear hours and hours of remote meetings and instruction.  
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Jdashiell in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    I am thankful for this gift of hearing that is enabling me to hear hours and hours of remote meetings and instruction.  
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jewel in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    My department is working from home. We connect via Microsoft Teams every work day. There is video and audio. I'm amazed that I can hear what my colleagues are saying when I have minimised the window and I'm working in another app. This would not have been possible without my CI. I've been wearing only Rondo2 since last week when I started to work from home. 
    I've also been doing a lot of Zoom meetings and hear well with just Rondo2. 
    Artone is still my goto ALD if I'm in office and have a webinar though. Also great for listening to music! 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    @Mary Beth audio only.  We could actually do video, but nobody does.  We're all on the phone, and if we need to see a file or something people can display their computer screen, but I've never seen anyone do a video conference.  At least, since our acquisition.  We used to have a video conference setup back before 3M bought us - we had regular meetings with the team in the UK.  And back then, there wasn't a chance I'd hear.  🙂
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    Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in Artone 3 Neckloop   
    I've had my Artone 3 neckloop for a couple of years now - I first got it right after activation and used it for audiobooks for rehab.  Lately I haven't used it much but at work our meetings are cancelled due to the need for social distancing - which in practice means conference calls.  I tried using the speakerphone on my office phone but it's not very clear.  Got out my neckloop, charged it up, and BINGO.
    I've been in several meetings a day and have been able to hear most of what's going on.  It's amazing.
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from MED-EL Moderator in Live captions during video meetings   
    Live captions during video meetings 
    Remote learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and adults
    After reading numerous reports of using the live captioning features on Google Hangouts/Google Meet and Microsoft TEAMS, here is what I have learned so far.  Just sharing in case it helps someone.
    GOOGLE HANGOUTS/GOOGLE MEET
    Google Hangouts has live captions but inviting someone to a video session in Google Hangouts requires the person to have an email address ending that matches my school account (@district dot org).  If the person does not have an email address that matches my school account, the video session is automatically moved to Google Meet.  Google Meet has live captions as options for all.
    Here is the catch.....someone must have Google Suite in order to schedule the Google Meet.
    The live captions have ranged from excellent to terrible depending on the strength of the connections.
    MICROSOFT TEAMS
    Microsoft TEAMS has live captions for apps downloaded on computers and phones.  It appears as ONLY those people who have a Microsoft account (school/business/personal) see the option for live captions.  Others who have been invited as GUESTS who are signed in with an email address that does not match a Microsoft account, do not seem to have the option for live captions.
    The live captions have been terrific.
    WORK AROUNDS
    People are finding work arounds when not every participant has access to live captions.  Here are a few work arounds:
    1). Running a speech to text app like LiveTranscribe on a second device while streaming the audio of the video meeting through their main device’s speakers.
    2). One person shares their screen that has captions with the group so all can see the captions.
    3). One person sets up a second device that is  running a speech to text app like LiveTranscribe right next to their face so their video feed includes both their face and captions.
    4). Using three devices!  Use one to participate in the meeting as usual.  Use a second one to run a speech to text app like LiveTranscribe while allowing your main device to play audio through its speakers.  Use a third device set up to zoom in on the captions to join the meeting as a separate “participant”.
     
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    Mary Beth reacted to DncTchr2 in rehab resources   
    Thanks so very much for these great suggestions...I feel like something has changed over the past 2 weeks with my hearing...cannot pinpoint it...last appt with research dr he said my hearing seemed to have gotten worse & he questioned my mapping...with all that is going on, I think I just panicked a bit...thanks for the suggestions and for the reminders...I will keep at it and listen to music at my own pace...
    So so grateful for your time...take very good care! ❤️ 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Marion nancy in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    @Mary Beth
    @Helgeo the only reason I like the audio link is I do not have to change from T mode and I dislike    The roger fm battery sleeve due to small ears.  Therefore I put up with the inconvenience.  When at home I do use artone  still the best on sound and distance beside the price factor
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    Mary Beth reacted to Helgeo in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    Yes, there are connectivity issues. It seems to work OK up to about 3 meters (10 ft) as long as there is a free line of sight between CI and Audiolink. But once I start moving around one of the sides will loose connection, typically when turning the head so that it comes between the Audiolink and the CI. This makes it hard to use when going for a walk, audiolink in jacket pocket does not work well. Attaching it to collar or hanging it around neck is better, but then you have the issue of where to put the cable and the phone.
    Lets hope that the next Med-El processor will have bluetooth stereo built in just like Cochlear N7 has.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Mary Featherston in Stay safe everyone   
    @Mary Beth if the situation in May hasn't changed much (and I suspect it won't have) then I'd be surprised if my appointment weren't cancelled.  Even our veterinarian is only seeing ill and injured animals, not doing checkups.
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Stay safe everyone   
    @Mary Featherston
    People are reporting that their MAPping appts are getting cancelled at some CI centers.  Every hour more and more things close down to try to keep people safe.
    Whenever you do have your next MAPping appt, you can request no changes.  Smile.
    My audiologist calls it an OLD FAVORITE.  No need to tweak something that is working great.  I like when that happens.
    I know I need a tweak soon but time will tell if my appt goes on as planned.  
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    Mary Beth reacted to Dan W in New to this - Some observations and questions   
    Fortunately it is quick to ease off, it is just the first 10 seconds and then the 15 seconds of vacuum when it comes off. I will take time and adjust it down as part of the take off routine. Easy answer to both issues. 
    I just got the artone 3 max in the mail today and will pair it up with the phone to put some sound directly in. 
    Thank you for the input and wisdom Hicksy and Mary Beth.
     
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Jdashiell in Rogerpen vs Audiolink   
    I agree @Jdashiell.  Each is different.  Has its own pluses and minuses.
    The Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop is my preferred item due to ease of use and connectivity.  It is also priced hundreds of dollars below the other items.
    I encourage everyone to test out the devices before purchasing if possible.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jdashiell in Rogerpen vs Audiolink   
    I do too,
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    Mary Beth got a reaction from Jdashiell in Rogerpen vs Audiolink   
    @CArgo
    I’m not sure where in the US you live, but if by any chance you are near northeastern NY I would be happy to let your son test out these options.  
     
    Or if you are near western NY, we could meet while I am there for the ALDAcon in October.
     
    I am a bilateral CI user also and for almost all settings I just use my processors and no assistive tech.

    For hearing his tennis coach from afar with Sonnet processors right?  I would choose Roger Select transmitter worn by coach (it magnetically clips to a shirt) with Roger 21 receivers on each Sonnet.  The benefits of using this set up include....
    -better distance than the AudioLink 
    -your son just needs to have on the Roger 21 integrated receiver battery covers on his Sonnets.  He stays in M so will also hear through his regular Sonnet mics.  When the Roger mic is not in use, the Roger 21 will go to sleep and the Sonnets will revert automatically to their regular mic settings according to his MAPs.  When Roger is in use, his Sonnets will automatically switch to omni mic setting and mix the audio 50/50.
    -for TV at home the Select dock can be cabled to your TV. It will be a 50/50 mix.
    -for TV at friend’s homes, the Select can be set near the TV speaker.
    -for hanging out at a table in noise, the Select can be placed on the table
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    As for streaming music and audio from a phone....... Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop wins for me.  So easy to use.  So small and light.  True hands free for phone calls heard on both sides.  MUST have a way to switch to MT (mix) and T (streamed audio only) so a remote is needed.  
     
    Will encounter EMI (electromagnetic interference) in some places (vehicles) which sounds like unpleasant buzzing.
    Sounds the same on right and left sides (blended stereo signal).
    My most used piece of tech by far!
    (The reason I am not recommending this for tennis is that the neckloop would bounce around while running and that would be annoying.)
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    Now for use on planes......Roger and AudioLink can NOT be used on planes per their own manuals.  Artone neckloop will encounter EMI buzzing on planes.
    BOSE QC35 BT noise cancelling headphones to the rescue!  These are fabulous.  
     
    These also have the best audio for music and are true stereo (separate right and left instrumentals).  
     
    I love them!  I wore mine this past week while traveling.  Awesome!  Watched movies from my tablet, streamed music from my phone.
    The BOSE app allows you to share audio to another BOSE headphone.  So we watched the same movie and each heard it and had separate volume control.
    —————-
    If I could have 2 devices, I would choose the Artone neckloop and the BOSE QC35 BT headphones.
    But I do not require remote mics in my daily life.
    I hope this helps.
    Use of and types of preferred assistive tech vary from person to person.  If at all possible, let your son test out the options.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Caity in Itchiness around magnet   
    Thanks! I’ve just emailed my audiologist about it  
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    Mary Beth reacted to Tommy C in Stay safe everyone   
    I am suppose to get my Sonnet 2 very soon. My audiologists will just have to hold it for me a while. My Rondo 2 is working fine so I can wait.
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jewel in Stay safe everyone   
    @Mary Bethmaybe one day remote mapping will be a reality. I'd be happy to be a guinea pig for that. 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Jewel in Stay safe everyone   
    Thanks @Mary Beth. Ten confirmed cases here when on Monday there were none.
    Looks like I will have to cancel my mapping appointment for April. I wish we could be mapped remotely. 
    Everyone keep safe. 
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    Mary Beth reacted to Tommy C in Stay safe everyone   
    Thank you @Mary Beth my wife and I are on self imposed lock down in our house. We are not sick but at almost eighty years of age we do not  want to take a chance.  Everyone please be careful out there.
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