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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
  • Implant Period
    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Meningitis
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Bilateral implant
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    United States

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  1. Hi CT Lex, Personally, I have no experience with Rondo. I use only Sonnett in a form of CI (electric stimulation only)and CI EAS (combined electrical and acoustic stimulation). For me, EAS provides deeper, richer sound and easier speech understanding in noise. But with good mapping that compensate correctly for frequencies that were supported by EAS component, it is also possible to hear very well with just elecrtric stimulation regarding sound quality and speech understanding in noise. Without EAS the sounds are also natural, but a little bit flat. Speech in noise not so crist clear, but still comfortable for understanding. My point was that it should be differently mapped programs for processors with EAS function and without it as it helps to hear comfortably faster when switching between these two modes. Rondo or Rondo2 have no buid-in EAS component, so they cannot enhance any residual hearing with Acoustic amplifying. But geting a good adjusted mapping for electric stimulation with one omnidirectional Mic in use still allows to hear well and comfortably in the different settings. About programming - I don't know about different approaches to programming for electric and acoustic components. My audi uses a some sort of device to translate my test results for residual hearing into programming parameters. After it done we work on fi ding the comfortable livel of loudness for active electrodes and then, i check a new created programmwe to see if I am comfortable with the result or some adjustment should be done. I think that programming is a mix a technical process and art. So, your audiologist knoweledge, intuition, and a good rapport with you equally contribute in a good hearing regardless what processor you choose because it is a lot about our brain plasticity to shape our cognitive skills in sound processing and our adjustment time in different settings besides the technical side our implants support. It is exiting, but also frustrating because nobody can tell exactly how things will work for you until you try it. But unfortunately, we gave to make some choises when there is no way to get our own practical experience. C T Lex, sorry for such long monologue and good luck! Med-El processors are so advanced that it is hard to make a wrong choice especially with professional advise of you CI team. Just choose the right color
  2. I was told that it is technically impossible to set both version of adaptive for the same processor. During my first mapping when ASM 2 was introduced, my audi showed me that ASM2 disables one of the type of adaptive so only one option can be active for use.
  3. I also glad to be back! At the beginning it was not a problem to remove the tube. But seems that over some period of time it has shaped to a form of a hook grooves. Not a surprise considering that each night it is exposed to a dryer heat.
  4. Yes! That's It! Something in me refuses to accept that our CI can be humanely sensitive 😆
  5. Ha-ha, Mary, I also forget how that button called all the time. I cannot remember this word right away while reading yiur post but i completely understand what you mean 😆.
  6. Mary Beth, the hardest part is to remove the earmold tube from a hook. Seriously. Mine sits so tight on the hook that i need to remove the EAS hook and replace it with a regular one rather than just pull out the mold tube from the hook. And thank you for dragging me back on the forum 😁
  7. Yes. That's the problem when we have to be up before the rest of our familles. Time to change this habit and sleep until a cup of coffee is served to our bedside table 😂
  8. FitBit is great, even the Flex - the simplest version of Fitbit family. But my new love is a sunrise alarm clock.
  9. @C T lex, I noticed how better is a quality of my hearing with EAS right away I get it activated. I used only electric stimulation for several months after surgery until EAS got approved in the US. So, I had a great opportunity to compare. I was very comfortable with just electric stimulation, but EAS gave me even more clarity in noisy environments in regards of speech understanding. But, in general, I'd say it is a matter of adjustment and habit. Funny thing, when I got an EAS, everything sounded absolutely natural to me, except my husband's voice. It took several weeks for me to get used to it. But I enjoyed deeper and more reach tone of his voice until it got a new usual 😆 C T lex, if you have more specific questions regarding EAS and co., I would be glad to share my experience with you and everybody interested. My best wishes,
  10. That's true that there is no way to use Rondo with EAS mold. I am even not sure if any RONDOs contain EAS component embedded. Anyway, I'd advise EAS users to get both Sonnet EAS and Rondo if there is such opportunity. First, it is possible to program both types of processors with a special program that compensates the needed low frequencies in a form of electric stimulation instead of acoustic. In this case, Rondo can be used by EAS users with minimum time for adjustment for comfortable hearing. I have EAs and only electric programs on my EAS Sonnet. I use it when I want to be without the mold. For example, when swimming - you cannot put a waterwear on the processor with a mold. But heaving the program that compensate EAS function without EAS/ mold allows to spend a day on a beach without any hassle with assembly/disassembly EAS "paraphernalia" Second, in situations when our residual hearing declines to the point when EAS provides no more help (it can happen over some period of time), it is great to have an additional set of processors that widen our options of use.
  11. Hi Laurie, I have an EAS CI on my left side. My earmold is made from sturdier plastic compare to a HA tip I had before implantation, but I have never felt any discomfort from this piece. Actually, my HA tip caused more discomfort to me than the EAS earmold. It is why I had some concern before deciding on EAS. I was not sure if I can tolerate a much bigger earmold. My audiologist told me that If it is uncomfortable, it can be adjusted to the different shape in smaller modification. Regarding all other your concern, I think it is pretty common things for some CI users at the early stages of rehabilitation regardless if it is just CI or EAS CI. Like Mary Beth said, your close work with your Audiologist and efforts in rehab along with patience and positive attitude will bring good result over some period of time. Please, report all things that concern or confuse you, everything that make your feel uncomfortable. It helps our audiologists a lot to understand our issues to find the right fix. My best regards to you!
  12. Cara Mia

    Bilateral ci

    Absolutely agree with Mary Beth, if you are eligible for the second CI, just do it! If your insurance is reluctant to cover it due to some mysterious reasons, please, use any means to get an approval for the second CI. Good luck!
  13. Such a great new for new comers!
  14. Hi guys, we have a new pearl of wisdom from Mary Beth! Enjoy! @Mary Beth, thank you! It was a pleasure to read your new blog. https://blog.medel.com/3-steps-to-rediscovering-music-with-a-cochlear-implant/
  15. Cara Mia

    EAS

    Ok, I am back to answer your questions. (1) I love that my EAS for making: - low sounds richer and more profound; - hearing in noise more easier and effortless; - securing my processor on its place for my sport activities. (2) One of my ear didn't hear not so much right after activation, speech understanding came within several days. But I could understand speech with my another implanted ear right away after switch on. You can find a lot of rehab information in our rehab forum on this link: http://forum.hearpeers.com/index.php?/forum/27-rehab/
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