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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth 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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    Jdashiell 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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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth 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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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rogerpen vs Audiolink   
    I do too,
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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth 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
    ———————
    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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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    @Jdashiell
    I agree.  I dislike the sound quality of the A2DP converter apps and choose not to use them.
    I hope Med-El offers direct streaming from all phones for all audio with great sound quality and no need for cables soon.  It seems like people find that option very important when choosing a brand.  I think the internal component is most important as well as Med-El’s great track record on the reliability and integrity of its internal devices.  
     
    I look forward to easy direct streaming for all audio with awesome sound quality to all Med-El processors in the future and I hope that future is not too far away.  Smile.
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    Yes however the sound quality is decreased with that app. 
    mill stick to the cable as quality is an important factor for me. 
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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    It sure would be a lot easier for all of us if there was some kind of crystal ball we could gaze into and see our lives post implant & adjustment to the CI!  Smile 😊 
    Trust whatever decision you make.  Embrace it and enjoy the journey.
    Life with CIs is amazing! @Melissa
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Valentin in Who has Rondo 2?   
    I have Rondo 1 and a Rondo 2 as well as Sonnets - which I tend to use more often - due to the 2 microphones and all that offers. I use the Rondos as back up processors.
    I really like the Rondo 2 simply from the recharge once over night - while I sleep. Then its useable ALL day long. The Rondo1 takes disposable batteries that only last a few days AND it takes 3 batteries.
    I use disposable battiest in my Sonnets too because I had an issue with the rechargeable battery frame on  1 Sonnet. 
    Despite trials and tribulations, I LOVE MY MEDEL processors and implants because they allow me to hear quite well. Without them I am deaf.  Thank you MedEl !!!!
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Jewel in Meeting in person   
    @Jewel
    email me and I will connect you with our MedEl Miami rep
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Meeting in person   
    @Jewel
    email me and I will connect you with our MedEl Miami rep
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Joan in Who has Rondo 2?   
    I have Rondo 1 and a Rondo 2 as well as Sonnets - which I tend to use more often - due to the 2 microphones and all that offers. I use the Rondos as back up processors.
    I really like the Rondo 2 simply from the recharge once over night - while I sleep. Then its useable ALL day long. The Rondo1 takes disposable batteries that only last a few days AND it takes 3 batteries.
    I use disposable battiest in my Sonnets too because I had an issue with the rechargeable battery frame on  1 Sonnet. 
    Despite trials and tribulations, I LOVE MY MEDEL processors and implants because they allow me to hear quite well. Without them I am deaf.  Thank you MedEl !!!!
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Who has Rondo 2?   
    I have Rondo 1 and a Rondo 2 as well as Sonnets - which I tend to use more often - due to the 2 microphones and all that offers. I use the Rondos as back up processors.
    I really like the Rondo 2 simply from the recharge once over night - while I sleep. Then its useable ALL day long. The Rondo1 takes disposable batteries that only last a few days AND it takes 3 batteries.
    I use disposable battiest in my Sonnets too because I had an issue with the rechargeable battery frame on  1 Sonnet. 
    Despite trials and tribulations, I LOVE MY MEDEL processors and implants because they allow me to hear quite well. Without them I am deaf.  Thank you MedEl !!!!
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in How to secure Roundy 2 processor on head   
    As I don't have much head hair - I keep it short
     I use the close clip to clip on to my shirt collar. I have in the past used an ear clip  but found it to be uncomfortable. 
    The close clip has a stretchy monofilament which is great.
    The Rondo 1 has a similar close clip as well but not a stretchy monofilament 😞
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    Yes I am
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Synchrony 2 info   
    Yes. Hopefully we won’t need anymore surgeries 😎
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Featherston in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Well we managed to escape the monster Dorian that wreaked havoc of the Bahamas and the North florida coast as is continues to move northward.
    There was a lot to prepare for and later restore to normalcy.
    I pray for the people in the current path and and beyond.
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from VeroNika in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Well we managed to escape the monster Dorian that wreaked havoc of the Bahamas and the North florida coast as is continues to move northward.
    There was a lot to prepare for and later restore to normalcy.
    I pray for the people in the current path and and beyond.
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Kylie in My opinion - Hold off on CI until the users get better control of adjustments   
    Neil,
    Everyone is different and must make do with their own situation and decisions. 
    I had a different situation, My first CI on the right side went in flawlessly and I felt over that first year being bimodal with a CI and a HA was better on the CI side. In fact, I wanted to get the second CI as soon as possible because of the excellent hearing with the CI.
    I lost my hearing as an adult, my hearing was flat across all frequencies in both ears, so adapting to CIs was relatively easy for me.
    My right CI was implanted without issue, however, my left side was not. It took three implant surgeries to get it implanted properly, due to a bony buildup in the inner ear.
     
    My point is every one is different. Find a good ENT who does research well for each case. 
    Then do your own research on adapting to CIs - follow through with any and all audio rehabilitations exercises you can. 
    Patience, Practice and Perseverence
     
     
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    Jdashiell reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Med-El has a new blog on rehab help for adults!   
    We know this has been something that many of you have wanted to for sometime! We are glad you are excited :). Kind regards, Mary 
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in My opinion - Hold off on CI until the users get better control of adjustments   
    Neil,
    Everyone is different and must make do with their own situation and decisions. 
    I had a different situation, My first CI on the right side went in flawlessly and I felt over that first year being bimodal with a CI and a HA was better on the CI side. In fact, I wanted to get the second CI as soon as possible because of the excellent hearing with the CI.
    I lost my hearing as an adult, my hearing was flat across all frequencies in both ears, so adapting to CIs was relatively easy for me.
    My right CI was implanted without issue, however, my left side was not. It took three implant surgeries to get it implanted properly, due to a bony buildup in the inner ear.
     
    My point is every one is different. Find a good ENT who does research well for each case. 
    Then do your own research on adapting to CIs - follow through with any and all audio rehabilitations exercises you can. 
    Patience, Practice and Perseverence
     
     
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Well we managed to escape the monster Dorian that wreaked havoc of the Bahamas and the North florida coast as is continues to move northward.
    There was a lot to prepare for and later restore to normalcy.
    I pray for the people in the current path and and beyond.
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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Featherston in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    @Jdashiell - oh, sorry, I thought that was more commonly known.  He has sleep apnea.  His sleep study showed that his sleep was interrupted by breathing cessations about once a minute, which clearly means he wasn't getting sufficient sleep and certainly no REM sleep.  And I can tell you, he was one grumpy pain in the butt for a about a year.  The CPAP (actually he just got a new machine, and they're called APAP now, but no one's heard that so I used the old terminology) is a device that helps apnea sufferers breathe at night.  APAP stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure.  Ron wears a mask over his nose that looks a bit like an anesthesia mask, and it connects to the machine with a tube, and the machine basically blows air into his nose so he doesn't stop breathing.  The new machine is pretty cool, it can actually tell him how many sleep incidents (non-breathing incidents) he was, and it's gone from once a minute to one or two a night.  It can also detect when his mask isn't sealed correctly, and once he got that fixed, his sleep incidents basically went away.  It's nearly as cool as CIs, for a different health problem!  He even brings it on vacation, his old CPAP has been to England and France.  🙂
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Kylie in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    I live in Miami, FL and we are bracing for another major hurricane 
    Now usually when I put my processors on in the morning, the first sound I hear is my wife's hairdryer - UGH so loud!!
    This week I hear that and the latest news on Hurricane Dorian and all the madness and panic the news media creates.
    I do believe that we do need to prepare and evacuate, but the news media seems to create panic unnecessarily.
    Now if you'll excuse me I have a lot to do...
     
     
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Joan in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    I live in Miami, FL and we are bracing for another major hurricane 
    Now usually when I put my processors on in the morning, the first sound I hear is my wife's hairdryer - UGH so loud!!
    This week I hear that and the latest news on Hurricane Dorian and all the madness and panic the news media creates.
    I do believe that we do need to prepare and evacuate, but the news media seems to create panic unnecessarily.
    Now if you'll excuse me I have a lot to do...
     
     
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