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    User of a hearing implant
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    3-5 years
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Not applicable
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    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. I am in the same situation and have been trying to figure out how to proceed with Medicare. Your question and response have been helpful. Thank you.
  2. I have similar experience with the Sonnet processor over the 4 years I have had the CI and find myself using the Rondo when outdoors in hot humid conditions. And not just one Sonnet processor. It has been a problem with any replacement I have received. Have just learned to deal with it as you describe.
  3. WOW! The technology is evolving but can be complicated depending upon what we want to accomplish. We just need to figure out what will work for each of us and then learn to use it effectively. Thank you @Mary Beth for the link.
  4. Mary Beth, Yes I connected the app to the Artone 3 MAX neckloop as the microphone source. Went outside the house (about 20ft) leaving the phone in the house where it could not pickup my voice. I spoke into the neckloop. The app transcribed what I said accurately. So someone else could be wearing the neckloop and let the app transcribe what they are saying. Or you could put a BT enabled mic on a table to pickup a conversation. This also has other possible uses. Many Android phones have the ability to 'Cast' the phone screen to a TV and other devices. Several years ago I was at a meeting where there was someone manually transcribing the speaker and displaying it on a TV screen. Using the 'Cast' functionality available on many Android phones along with LiveTranscribe you could probably do something similar without anyone having to manually transcribe. I have not tried it but logically it should work. Let me know if you have additional questions.
  5. No. The only bluetooth mic i have available at the moment is the one on the Artone... I used it to test whether the app would work with a bt mic. Not in a call. Sorry for the confusion.
  6. Interesting tool. I normally do not have to use voice to text but was out the other day without replacement batteries. I had installed LiveTranscribe on my phone so tried it out. Worked great for accuracy... I was not connected to wifi so it was using the 3 or 4 gl phone connection and it was a little slow. So If you have data enabled on your phone you should be able to connect anywhere you have service. But probably not has fast but. Was also curious whether it would connect to a bluetooth mic. Went to Settings/Audio Language/Microphone. My Artone 3 MAX displayed along with 'This device' the phone. Selected the Artone, it connected and worked great. This has the potential to be a powerful tool for anyone needing voice to text. Thank you Mary Beth for the information!
  7. Use a neck loop to connect to my landline, cell phone, laptop and tablet. I find that the MT setting works best. With the M setting I tend to talk to loud. Have tried the phone w/o a neck loop but get tired of trying to position it over the processor mics. Do not really like talking on the phone anyway. I have both the Airtone Max and Quattro neck loops and prefer the Quattro because of the sound quality and the ability for it to connect to 2 Bluetooth devices. I use it for work. But with the Airtone you forget it is there since it is so light. In the long run both work well just depends on the situation. General conversations and meetings I get along fine without technology other than the CI except where noted. I have used captioning (Captel, Webcaptel and several phone apps) but have gotten away from them. As my CI hearing improved my need for them decreased. The only time I use captions is with the TV and that is when the sound quality is poor. To hear conversations in the car from the back or passenger seat I use a remote mic. Have a wired neck loop I use for Skype & GoToMeetings. But generally try to stay away from wired connections as I forget they are hooked up and end up walking off without disconnecting or they will get caught on the kitchen cabinet handles. Not good for the hardware. I use technology when needed and it works well for me in the right circumstances. My problem is keeping everything charged, fresh batteries, and making sure to push the correct buttons so everything is connected!
  8. I have experienced similar issues with Sonnet due to moisture/perspiration. When it starts acting up I have to put it in the dryer and change to the Rondo. Not sure what I would do if I did not have a backup processor.
  9. Mary Beth, I am fortunate in that when my CI was activated (May 2015) I understood much of the audio from the start. I did and still do have the same type of problems understanding in noise and differentiating similar words. I received no rehab information other than being referred to Angel Sounds... No printable material. Went looking on the web for word lists and found Word Frequency Data https://www.wordfrequency.info/intro.asp which allowed me to put together a list of the top used words. My wife would then say them with her mouth covered and I repeated them. I have returned several times to this site for more rehab data. 'This site contains what is probably the most accurate word frequency data for English.' The amount of data can be overwhelming if you do not filter it down to a reasonable subset. There are several free lists but each user needs to download the information themselves. The downloads can not be redistributed. Several free lists: https://www.wordfrequency.info/free.asp Ebook (pdf) example that can be purchased: https://www.wordfrequency.info/files/entries.pdf https://www.ngrams.info/download_coca.asp
  10. @Leisa, I was implanted in my right ear back in 2015 and have both a Sonnet and Rondo. Last July I had the multiple mics turned on thinking this would be great. I have not been able to adjust to them. Went back to the audi and had her add back my original program. I now have the original (pre multiple mics), natural and omni programs. I keep trying the natural and adaptive but find they do not help and will switch back to the original omni program or use the Rondo. My audi said she had a several people that did not transition well to the new programs and with similar complaints as I had. But she wanted me to keep trying them in hopes I could adjust.
  11. Thank you for your comments. I find that my manager has a tendency to include at least one other member of the team on important calls. He understands my difficulty... I have Ava installed on my phone and have used it once or twice. I will give the Adult phone with confidence a try. I am always looking for ways to communicate better.
  12. My meetings are not face to face. I work from home. The company I work for is global so I communicate with people in the UK, Australia, India, US, Russia... The meetings I am involved in are conference calls using Gotomeeting, Skype, caption phone/internet service, and even IM sessions. Often the meetings end up being a combination of screen sharing, voice and instance messaging with multiple people. I use whatever tools are available to aid in communication and understanding. The tools help but are not always successful. Tools: Bluetooth/T-Coil - I wear my Quatro throughout the day. It is used to connect to my cell, laptop, caption phone. Depending upon what I am doing i may end up with 2 neck loops (btw and wired) switching back and forth. Gets confusing at times. Gotomeeting or Skype - Used for screen sharing, voice and IM. There are instances where voice quality of these tools is better than using a phone. Just depends upon how the user on the other end is connected. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words is the best way to explain why I use these tools. Cell phone - I like the sound quality of using a cell phone in combination with the Quatro. But it does depend upon the quality of the connection for both callers. Captioning (phone and web version) - I have used captioning for meetings but not as much anymore. It does not keep up with the conversation. It does provide a log of the call and allow me to review the meeting conversation afterward to verify I understood all that was being discussed. A lot of times if I do not understand the conversation, captioning does not either. Instance Messaging - I am not sure how I survived before using IM to communicate with people I work with. Most of these people are on the other side of the world. We use IM to fill in understanding segments of conversation, interpretation/meaning of phrases... And that applies to both sides of the conversation. I have difficulty understanding accents and often my phrasing of a subject needs additional explanation for the caller on the other end. The tools are helpful, but in the end the best aid to understanding a conversation is speaking to someone that speaks distinctly... At the beginning of most meetings I usually tell people I have a CI and ask them to speak distinctly. This usually works for a short period of time and then they get tied up in the conversation and forget. I find the fewer people on the call, I usually understand the conversation better.
  13. I have been using the ClearSounds Quattro 4.0 that came with the CI. It is a neckloop with Bluetooth technology. I use it to connect to my laptop and android smart phone (both mic & sound). Great for books on tape... from the phone.
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