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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Jewel in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    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 
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    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 
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Sonnet ASM 2 mic setting options   
    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.
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    Cara Mia reacted to Nagaraju in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    Thank you @Cara Mia and @Mary Beth for your wonderful responses.  My CI Implantation is done and I am in a recovery week, seems pretty good as of now except some bizarre taste issues and clicking sound and ringing in ear. Sometimes this ringing in ear is causing to not to function (not to grasp words properly) in other ear as well might get better coming days.
    My Activation is scheduled for next week my audiologist might evaluate the residual earing and might determine the EAS is suited one or not, If the residual hearing is preserved I will choose the EAS one as based on the above suggestions its giving more natural way of hearing.
    Also read in the forum the US Recipients will be given a Roundo2 voucher, If so am I eligible to get the Roundo2 voucher, Getting Roundo2 voucher will help me a lot and I can choose to programme Roundo2 to for all frequencies and use Roundo2 whenever needed and based on need.
     
     
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    Cara Mia reacted to Mary Featherston in favorite WOW moments   
    Last night we went to a party at a co-worker's house.  This was the first time in years that I really enjoyed being at a party, I was able to move from group to group and participate in conversations with everyone there.  It was great.
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    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 😁
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Alarm Clock   
    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 😂
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Featherston in For people who have both Rondo 2 and Sonnet processors   
    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 😆.
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from pakom in Alarm Clock   
    FitBit is great, even the Flex - the simplest version of Fitbit family. But my new love is a sunrise alarm clock. 
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Alarm Clock   
    FitBit is great, even the Flex - the simplest version of Fitbit family. But my new love is a sunrise alarm clock. 
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    @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,
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    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.
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Kylie in Music rediscovery from Mary Beth!   
    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/
     
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from sassychele02 in Music rediscovery from Mary Beth!   
    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/
     
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Nikki in favorite WOW moments   
    Recently we had two autumn storms. It was a wow moment for me that I can distinguish a rumbling sounds of leaves blowing by wind across concrete.
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Mary Beth in EAS Cochlear   
    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!
     
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Jdashiell in Lithium-Ion batteries   
    I am still content with my rechargeable batteries. Nobody from my circle had any issues with Li-ion batteries so I have kind of "false confidence" that nothing bad is going to happen to my batteries. In December I switched to disposable batteries for a couple weeks to see if I miss it. It looks, I like my rechargeables more even if I would like to have them lasted for much longer time before charging.
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    Cara Mia got a reaction from Enigmachick in Interesting article about progress in technology of Cochlear Implants   
    I agree that this is a very interesting and promising research. I am sure that this new technique can reduce the dosage of steroids with the same benefits for hearing preservation compare to an oral administration. So, it can lead to the same (or even better) outcomes with the lesser adverse effects. And it is pretty easy to check for corticosteroid intolerance before surgery to make sure that this innovation will work with no problem after insertion.
    I wish the hair cells regeneration were available now but... Still believe it will be accessible sooner than predicted. My bet is 10 vs 20-25
     
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    Cara Mia reacted to Jdashiell in Baby Boomer downfall   
    @dare_v
    i asked years ago if I would damage my hearing more after wearing HAs and CIs and was told not. I stream music into my CIs now via Bluetooth neckloop or in the car. Certainly not the volume levels I did in my youth. 
    I play jazz with my Bass guitar and am looking forward to attending a jazz camp this July ?
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    Cara Mia reacted to Mary Beth in Baby Boomer downfall   
    @dare_v
     
    Although right now it is not a direct stream from sound source to our processors, I stream music everyday via a BT neckloop or BT BOSE QC35 headphones and love it.
    Our CI MAPs created by our audiologists include a maximum output level for each electrode so no matter how loud things are in our environment, electrical sound received will be capped by those MAP settings.  I have been in several situations where typically hearing people have been bothered by loud sounds yet I did not even have to adjust my CI volume levels.  It’s a great perk.
     
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    Cara Mia reacted to Jdashiell in March 2018 implant surgeries   
    Improving daily. Mornings are tough
    still a little *dizzyness* but improving daily 
    netflix therapy
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    Cara Mia reacted to Dave in Pittsburgh in March 2018 implant surgeries   
    Yes I agree hearing does not seem to be an important issue as the old saying goes you fight girl and like you I want the balance of life I am 72 years young very healthy and  I eat about 75% good food 25% of ? yummy foods and I plan on living at least 25 years I am going out of this world BROKE 
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    Cara Mia reacted to Kara of Canada in March 2018 implant surgeries   
    Well I appealed to the hospital implant team they can put you on a list that can take up to 20 yers if your a good candidate. I actually got involved in a study to see the benefits of bilateral implantation vs unilateral. So they covered the cost for me. I’m on,y 40. Many people getting implanted are 20-30 years older than me. I want balanced hearing and will fight for it. I mean they give people organs and limbs why not ears?! 
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    Cara Mia reacted to Jdashiell in March 2018 implant surgeries   
    Day 3 still some instability, mild soreness- Tylenol fixes that 
    i see Dr in one week from yesterday Wednesday I am in good spirits and enjoying reading all the comments from all my friends here in HearPeers! Great encouragement 
    @Kara of Canadaand @DaveGood luck ?
     
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    Cara Mia reacted to Kara of Canada in Newhearing   
    For those following my journey I had my pre-op. All set for surgery on the 29 of this month. Two weeks I’ll be bilateral!! 
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