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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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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth 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 reacted to Mary Beth in Cool! If you are in the US or Canada please join this!   
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    @Kara of Canada
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    @Mary Featherston
    @Carolmarie
    @Cara Mia
    @Sandy
    @Logan
    @Jdashiell
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    @Hicksy
    @Neil
    @Artsy
    @Julesrdh
    @Les new Jersey
    @Hearing Again
    @knappster
    @sassychele02
    Just tagging some members to get things started.
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    Jdashiell reacted to Joan in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    My favorite sounds this week.....
    Rain on the roof
    Trees rustling in the wind
    Birds and more birds 
    Laughter
    Hearing my six-year old granddaughter tell me I’m the best Grammy in the whole world!
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Julie72 in Newly implanted 5-year old   
    I saw this in twitter and wanted to share
    https://twitter.com/i/redirect?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fi%2Ftopics%2Ftweet%2F1103966108585996288%3Fcn%3DZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y%26refsrc%3Demail&t=1+1552051579104&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&sig=227e0eff262608b3ca6fb0ba556465edef2175be&iid=2b439b0e337f454cbaa8f901196aa8a2&uid=36647297&nid=244+272699392
    I have never shared a twitter link before and wonder if those without a twitter account and read it.
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Nikki in Stresses of all this technology   
    Last Friday my wife and I went out to eat dinner with her parents
    Nothing out of the normal, I brought spare rechargeable batteries, a Roger Select, and my FineTuner, just like I always do.
    I use the FineTuner to adjust DOWN the Sensitivity settings 5 clicks, and the Volume Down 2 clicks. This always helps me hear better at the restaurant table.
    I bring the Roger Select to use in case I need additional listing help.
    As I leave the restaurant I use the Reset 🔄 on my FineTuner to UNDO the setting I made at the table.
    Now we made it home with all my goodies after stopping to get my new suit tailored in the Dressing room
    All was peachy keen at this point - however as I went to bed, I had a horrible night interrupted sleep several time throughout the wee hours, stomach upset, feverish, many toilet trips.
    Next morning continued and was quite lethargic 😟. Netflix therapy.
    Somewhere along the past several hours, I lost my FineTuner.
    Now it has a label on the back to call me if found. 
    Next morning Im on the mend, I must've ate something bad at the restaurant.
    As Im getting dressed my FineTuner is AWOL - I searched every where.
    My wife helped out too searching other everywheres. So I am extremely stressed out at this point wondering if this loss is covered by Warranty? Luckily I have a spare backup FineTuner.
    Today I went back to the store where I was Friday evening to check the dressing room and uptown Lost and found - Alas no record of it.
    So Im thinking if someone did find it, SURELY they would have called me, Surely.
    So I go back home to look any where I might have missed, After all I did look everywhere. 
    So I decided I needed to look under the recliner and sure enough The FineTuner was there!!!
    I did check every nook and cranny, moved seat cushions etc..... but not underneath the damn chair!
    A lot of stress for nothing 
    The moral of my story is that we use a lot of technology in our hearing journey  with CIs, and rely on it working and being there ALL THE TIME.
    And as such need to make certain we follow routines. Do not set your wallet and keys down to go get your sunglasses before walking out the door, You'll end up searching everywhere for you wallet and keys!
     
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Jewel in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Hearing and replying to context with store clerks- kind of took me by surprise as a noisy environment. 
    Also hearing better on phone calls
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Megan L. in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Hearing and replying to context with store clerks- kind of took me by surprise as a noisy environment. 
    Also hearing better on phone calls
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Hearing and replying to context with store clerks- kind of took me by surprise as a noisy environment. 
    Also hearing better on phone calls
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Beth in Travel with CI’s   
    That is a good message to all CI users. It gets better over time. 
    Patience, practice and perseverance 
    the more you work at it helps too. 
    Joe
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Kylie in Travel with CI’s   
    @Mary Beth
    I like disposable batteries too. I just don’t like them ending up in mass in land fills. Even though I put them in Recycling. Which is why I use rechargeable batteries mostly. 
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Kylie in Travel with CI’s   
    I travel domestically most in USA and never had issues with security. Walked through without issue except wearing a neck loop like a streamer or Artone Max 3. TSA  will ask you to remove that first. 
    All my equipment and I do mean all, travels with me in overhead or underseat. Spare processors, batteries, chargers, and an 8 port power strip to power all the chargers. They can lose my clothes but not my hearing stuff. That is paramount to me. 
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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Featherston in Travel with CI’s   
    You and me both, @Daniel the Stranger!  I love not having to throw batteries out all the time. 
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    Jdashiell reacted to Mary Beth in Travel with CI’s   
    I agree @Jdashiell
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Jewel in Travel with CI’s   
    I travel domestically most in USA and never had issues with security. Walked through without issue except wearing a neck loop like a streamer or Artone Max 3. TSA  will ask you to remove that first. 
    All my equipment and I do mean all, travels with me in overhead or underseat. Spare processors, batteries, chargers, and an 8 port power strip to power all the chargers. They can lose my clothes but not my hearing stuff. That is paramount to me. 
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Jewel in You've Got A Friend   
    I received an email earlier this week and thought I'd pass it along to HearPeers friends. I have always found support dealing with hearing loss with HLAA and then with HearPeers as I advanced into the world of CIs.
    I started the HLAA-Miami chapter because I wanted to meet other people locally who also live with hearing loss, and now with CIs as many of us progressed. 
    I knew that I enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship with others living in this world of HAs and CIs 
    This article explains it well, from family and friends and now colleagues in the world of hearing loss, we all desire relationship needs to provide us with one of the following:
    Emotional Support – You need to be assured that you have people in your corner.  Tangible Support – Are people you can call on for help on things like financial assistance, babysitting the kids so you can watch a movie, or going with you to the dentist or doctor. Appraisal Support – The people who love you enough to give you constructive and honest feedback about yourself.  Informational Support – Your AuD, ENT or other professional, but also from HearPears, HLAA chapters, and CI support groups. Companionship Support – Activity friends who makes us feel socially accepted. Also from HearPears, HLAA chapters, and CI support groups.

    Here is the full article
    https://www.explore-life.com/en/articles/youve-got-a-friend

     
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    Jdashiell got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Questions to ask when exploring CIs   
    I came across this site and found a terrific set of questions to ask / consider when exploring a CI.
    I wish I had this information early on in my research.
    Colleen breaks it down into three categories:
    1. the implant/electrodes
    2, the CI manufacturer
    3, the external processor
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