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    Ms_D got a reaction from Jewel in My Journey   
    Every time I make a phone call, I am beyond in awe at just how well I can hear on the phone!  It's becoming more and more "natural" - I don't even have to try.  Before my implants, I'm telling you I had already accepted the fact that I would never be able to hear well on the phone for the rest of my life.  After the implants - WOW!  It's amazing!  Being able to listen to the radio, being able to hear things clear.  Sorry, I just had to post this update because even at work I am hearing on the phone (okay, it's speaker phone we were using, but still).  For anyone who is considering the cochlear implant but unsure, from my experience, it is a very rewarding journey!
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    Ms_D got a reaction from Jewel in My Journey   
    Hello All:
     
    I have to say that I am so glad that I had the Cochlear Implant surgery!  For years (7 years to be exact), my doctor constantly asked me if I would consider the cochlear implant.  He always said that he believe I would be a great candidate for the surgery and that he believe it would help me tremendously.  I always told him I was not interested in having the surgery.  Last August or September, I had to go to the doctor because my tinnitus in my left ear was increasingly loud and painful (I have had tinnitus in my left ear since elementary school - it's permanent, 24/7/365).  Since my regular doctor was booked, I had to see another doctor.  He, too, encouraged me to get the cochlear implant.  By this point, I was willing to look into it.  So, he referred me to a doctor.  I started the process of seeing if I am a candidate in October of 2014.  My insurance company approved it in December, and I had the surgery done on January 7th of this year.  I have to say that the surgery went well!  After the surgery, I was a bit "woozy" and hurting, but not as bad as I thought I might be.  My doctor told my family (after she had completed the surgery) that they could see me in about thirty minutes and that I would have to stay in recovery for two hours.  Well, the nurse had my family take me home within an hour of me entering the recovery unit (they told me it was like 40 minutes).  I was prescribed pain medicine, but I only took I think three of them. I took things easy for two weeks to give myself time to recover (even took off work for two weeks).  When activation day came, it was amazing.  I heard for the first time ever in my right ear!  For me (and I have heard others say this), it all sounded like robots, but I still could make out some words!  
     
    It's a blessing!  Now, I am two months and a week away from the one year mark since activation day and my right ear is becoming my dominant ear.  My left ear (which I started losing hearing in around the age of 12...and now only have no more than 10% of my hearing left in it) is becoming less able to "focus" - that's a way of saying it.  I have the most powerful hearing aid that was on the market when I got this hearing aid two years ago, and I used to can hear very well with it on a volume of 3 or 3.5, but now, I have to have my hearing aid turn all the way up when I am not wearing my processor.  Even with my hearing aid volume turned all the way up, I am having more trouble than before with understanding words sometimes with my left ear.  This is what has lead me to believe my right ear is becoming my dominant ear.
     
    I am hoping to try to get the implant in my left ear in 2017.  With the cost of insurance, insurance deductible, and total out-of-pocket expense so high, my husband and I will use 2016 as the year to save up toward these cost for 2017.
     
    For those of you who are reading this and are considering getting the implant, I highly recommend you do and that you go with Med-El.  Where once I could not even take notes at church while my pastor is preaching because I had trouble hearing (though I did improve a bit when I got the new hearing aid, I still could not take notes), these days, I don't have to have my husband take notes over the sermon for me.  These days, I am taking my own notes!  I am hearing, and understanding!  I can even be looking down at the paper writing, and still be able to understand what is being said!  It's so amazing! 
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    Ms_D got a reaction from stream2525 in My Journey   
    I've been staying busy, but try to at the very least stop in every now and then to see what's everyone is up to and welcome newbies. :-)  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  I went for my six months mapping (and since my two year mark from right ear being activated is next month, I just had them do the annual check up regarding that side too).  I say the visit went AMAZING!  I was able to repeat back almost every single word - just a few that they whispered too low.  When it came to the sentences: for the first time ever....I got every single sentence! :-)  They then challenged me by adding low background noises...I got I think either all of them or just about all of them.  They increased with each round of sentences, and I still got at least some of the sentences - up until the volume level of the background noises matched that of the sentences - I didn't get any of those.  They told me that I am hearing well. :-)
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    Ms_D got a reaction from stream2525 in My Journey   
    Your Wow moment!  :-)  It's wonderful you are able to return to playing the piano. Maybe the squealing and static will die down and disappear within the next couple of weeks since I am wearing it every single day.
     
    In fact, I had a co-worker so confused and freaked out today - it was so hilarious.  You see, as I was walking down the hall, I saw him and so I started lifting the processors off my head back and forth (one side first then the other).  It freaked him out!  He said "Why is it doing that?"  He thought there was some type of string attaching the devices that went across the inside of my head (like tug-of-war). lol.  I tried showing him, but it freaked him out!  Then I told him to take and remove one of my processors from my head - he said "no" and started walking away scared.  I then took off one of my processor and showed him the magnet inside.  I then explained to him that I have a magnet inside my head on either side of my head.  I am serious I was cracking up with laughter!
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    Ms_D got a reaction from stream2525 in My Journey   
    Hey everyone!!!  Guess what!  The insurance company received the request on 4/21, and they approved it within four days!!!  I just received the letter from the insurance company today!  I have been approved for the second implant! :-D  Now just have to schedule the date with my doctor!
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    Ms_D got a reaction from stream2525 in My Journey   
    Hello All:
     
    I have to say that I am so glad that I had the Cochlear Implant surgery!  For years (7 years to be exact), my doctor constantly asked me if I would consider the cochlear implant.  He always said that he believe I would be a great candidate for the surgery and that he believe it would help me tremendously.  I always told him I was not interested in having the surgery.  Last August or September, I had to go to the doctor because my tinnitus in my left ear was increasingly loud and painful (I have had tinnitus in my left ear since elementary school - it's permanent, 24/7/365).  Since my regular doctor was booked, I had to see another doctor.  He, too, encouraged me to get the cochlear implant.  By this point, I was willing to look into it.  So, he referred me to a doctor.  I started the process of seeing if I am a candidate in October of 2014.  My insurance company approved it in December, and I had the surgery done on January 7th of this year.  I have to say that the surgery went well!  After the surgery, I was a bit "woozy" and hurting, but not as bad as I thought I might be.  My doctor told my family (after she had completed the surgery) that they could see me in about thirty minutes and that I would have to stay in recovery for two hours.  Well, the nurse had my family take me home within an hour of me entering the recovery unit (they told me it was like 40 minutes).  I was prescribed pain medicine, but I only took I think three of them. I took things easy for two weeks to give myself time to recover (even took off work for two weeks).  When activation day came, it was amazing.  I heard for the first time ever in my right ear!  For me (and I have heard others say this), it all sounded like robots, but I still could make out some words!  
     
    It's a blessing!  Now, I am two months and a week away from the one year mark since activation day and my right ear is becoming my dominant ear.  My left ear (which I started losing hearing in around the age of 12...and now only have no more than 10% of my hearing left in it) is becoming less able to "focus" - that's a way of saying it.  I have the most powerful hearing aid that was on the market when I got this hearing aid two years ago, and I used to can hear very well with it on a volume of 3 or 3.5, but now, I have to have my hearing aid turn all the way up when I am not wearing my processor.  Even with my hearing aid volume turned all the way up, I am having more trouble than before with understanding words sometimes with my left ear.  This is what has lead me to believe my right ear is becoming my dominant ear.
     
    I am hoping to try to get the implant in my left ear in 2017.  With the cost of insurance, insurance deductible, and total out-of-pocket expense so high, my husband and I will use 2016 as the year to save up toward these cost for 2017.
     
    For those of you who are reading this and are considering getting the implant, I highly recommend you do and that you go with Med-El.  Where once I could not even take notes at church while my pastor is preaching because I had trouble hearing (though I did improve a bit when I got the new hearing aid, I still could not take notes), these days, I don't have to have my husband take notes over the sermon for me.  These days, I am taking my own notes!  I am hearing, and understanding!  I can even be looking down at the paper writing, and still be able to understand what is being said!  It's so amazing! 
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    Ms_D got a reaction from Julesrdh in Introducing Myself   
    Welcome to the community!  I'm bilateral CI users - I primarily use the Rondo, but I also have the Sonnet and Opus 2 processors as well.  I'm sure you will constantly find the journey to be very rewarding with lots of "Wow!" moments. 
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    Ms_D reacted to Mary Beth in Fitbit Charge 2 HR   
    I have a FitBit Alta and I checked with Med-El and Leigh said it was fine.  I am not familiar with the FitBit you mentioned.
     
    @leighf
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    Ms_D reacted to Martin in Fitbit Charge 2 HR   
    I have been wearing both for months now with no issues.
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    Ms_D reacted to Mary Beth in YESSS!!!!!   
    Awesome!  Standard set or mixed set?
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    Ms_D reacted to Adam in YESSS!!!!!   
    Who got his rechargeable batteries in the mail today? THIS GUY!!!!!
    cant wait to charge them up!!!!!
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    Ms_D reacted to Adam in Looking for References   
    I think this is why hearpeers is so helpful. It makes a big difference when you can talk to somebody who has walked in your shoes and understands
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    Ms_D reacted to Adam in Looking for References   
    Ms_D
    what a great testimony. Thank you so much for sharing
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    Ms_D reacted to Adam in Lesson learned   
    That's fantastic Ms_D ! 
    Medels customer service is 2nd to none! Glad you got it worked out
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    Ms_D reacted to Mary Beth in My Journey   
    They are amazing!
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    Ms_D reacted to Adam in My Journey   
    ????????
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    Ms_D got a reaction from Mary Beth in Lesson learned   
    My Rondo Microphone cover actually broke in half (not sure how). Med-El sent me a replacement cover and we follow the instructions on how to put it on.  It would fall of from time to time.  The last time it fell off, was at my Mapping last month.  It actually turns out that the actual processor piece had a part that had broken off where the microphone cover goes (I have no clue how this happened because I try to take good care of all my processors).  Med-El sent me a replacement processor since there was damage. :-)  I love how Med-El really takes care of their customers. :-)  
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    Ms_D got a reaction from Mary Beth in Looking for References   
    Hi.  Before my first implant surgery, I was deaf in my right ear (born deaf) and had no more than 10% of my hearing left in my left ear.  I had my right ear implanted to see how it would work for me - and it (within a year) became my dominant ear.  I had it implanted in January 2015.  Last June, I moved forward and had my left ear implanted.  Now, six months since Activation Day (my hearing - both together) is basically "normal" hearing now - I hear far better now than I have ever heard before!  I hope your mother's journey is a success.
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    Ms_D got a reaction from Megan L. in New to Heer Peers, Hello from Delaware!   
    Very true!
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    Ms_D reacted to Megan L. in New to Heer Peers, Hello from Delaware!   
    Thank goodness for a variety of options Mary Beth!! It's nice to know all the possible options especially if I lose more hearing out of my right ear or the hearing aid no longer brings in the same amount of info ? And very true, it's wonderful we live in a country where it's easier to go bilateral. 
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    Ms_D reacted to Mary Beth in New to Heer Peers, Hello from Delaware!   
    The cool thing is that there are all these options.  Some people perform really well bimodally and stay with one CI and one HA.  Others find that the HA is no longer helping at some point and choose to get a second CI.  We are fortunate to live in a country that does bilateral CIs on adults.  It is great to have options.
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    Ms_D reacted to Megan L. in New to Heer Peers, Hello from Delaware!   
    That's understandable you'd want to get the second one done. I guess for me, I learned to do well with just one good ear and its habit now. My right was always my "good" ear but now my left is ? I have no complaints ? Right now the hearing aid is bringing in a lot of info and helping...for how long? Who knows! But just gonna roll with it. I know exactly what you mean about sensitive ears! I'm allergic to the rubber material the ear molds are made out of so I have to get a very specific brand and material to lessen the allergy as much as possible. Otherwise I have red, wet, and extremely itchy ears ? I'm really happy for you both the implants are working out well! Where did you get your implants? I got mine at Johns Hopkins because Delaware doesn't have a we'll know department for that...
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    Ms_D reacted to Megan L. in Yoga and Pilates after Surgery   
    Haha! I wouldn't have known but it is true!! Music sounds different in a good way. I bet it was sad not being able to hear the music, I would be so depressed. That's awesome you play piano. I want to learn one day - it's on my bucket list. I play flute but for the time being (I'm hoping it improves over time) I have trouble discerning when I'm sharp/flat/on key. Since getting the CI, I so want to go to a symphony/orchestra concert to test it out. I haven't been to a broadway show since getting the implant but I'm anxious to test it out there since understanding dialogue was hard before. I can only imagine how AWESOME it was to see Adele in concert...lucky lady you!
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    Ms_D reacted to Mary Beth in Yoga and Pilates after Surgery   
    LOL.  I said that to be funny but it is actually true.  Two months before starting the appointments to see if I qualified for a CI, we attended a wedding reception for close friends.  I could not even join in the dancing because the music just sounded like a mess of random noise.  There was no beat.  I was so sad.  The final, remaining piece of music was gone.  Fast forward to life with my CIs and I am jamming to music everyday.  I am learning new songs just by listening and have started to play the piano again.  I have attended music concerts in huge arenas (Adele in Montreal), in small theaters and Broadway shows.  These CIs have just given me so much.  Words can not describe my gratitude to Med-El, my surgeons and my awesome audiologist.
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    Ms_D reacted to Megan L. in Yoga and Pilates after Surgery   
    Yes exactly Mary Beth!! ?? Big Smile ?
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