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Hicksy

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
  • Implant Period
    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
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    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Unilateral implant
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    Canada

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  1. It can be tough but you will adjust in time. I remember early after my implant I was gassing up my vehicle when I was assaulted by wind noise. I was a bit baffled as it wasn’t that windy out but that’s what I heard. I remember wondering at the time how I would ever handle wind if it was that bad. Crazy bad! I went in to the store to pay for the gas, the noise abated as soon as the door closed and I looked out the window to see a fire truck going past, lights flashing and obviously sirens going. So it wasn’t wind after all. Hadn’t heard a siren since I was a kid. Now I can hear and identify sirens from quite a distance. Still have the odd moment when I have to ask someone what I am hearing but I have come an amazingly long way just under two years. I would imagine the training apps such as Angel Sounds and audiobooks and such would be a real benefit to you as well. Good luck!
  2. I have minimal hearing in my “good” ear but still think it is best to block that ear as much as possible right from the start. This forces your brain to adapt quicker in my opinion. I wear an earplug a lot while listening to music as well. You will be surprised at how quickly you adapt while also being impatient it’s not quicker. I’m still not comfortable on the phone but I lost that ability over 30 years ago so the fact I can talk to some people blows me away. Considering the depths of hearing loss I had got to, the implant is simply amazing albeit not perfect (yet)😀
  3. Sounds a lot like my journey, constantly having to ask my spouse what each new noise I was hearing but I eventually sorted it out. Doing well on the audiobooks I must say. I didn’t start audiobooks for about 3 months kind of being overwhelmed by the whole process and at the start I could understand the words as long as I was reading along but was completely lost if I glanced away from the text. Now 1and 3/4 years in I can read whole paragraphs without looking at the text. I kept steadily getting worse in both ears from childhood and hearing aids never helped a bit so I’m likely climbing from a bigger hole so to speak. Has your audiologist suggested wearing an earplug in your “good” ear to help get used to the cochlear implant. I still do sometimes but wish I had done it more right from the start.
  4. My new sound was also crickets. Had to ask the spouse what I was hearing. They sure can be noisy!
  5. I was interested in the comment about car use so I bought a 28cm dl-coil cable to give it a try. I must say it certainly helped me. I have a truck so there is a lot of wind noise compared to a car. Since I’m the driver, the wind noise can be pretty loud with the Sonnet towards the door. With the Sonnet on the right ear, I certainly noticed less wind noise, music seemed a bit better and it was easier to talk to my spouse. She’s telling me I should use it in the golf cart also😀 Actually I should probably use it all the time as she sits to my right almost always. The cable isn’t cheap but I drive long distances enough I’m glad I took a chance and bought one. Thanks for the suggestion!
  6. I’m all over the board with music, anything but country. Albums I have bought in the past month or so... and listening to extensively Rammstein’s new album- industrial metal Chemical Brothers New Geography- electronic Johnny Winter Live - good old rock and roll Goddo 1st album finally reissued. Great rock and roll but you probably have to be Canadian to have heard of them, sadly... great band still buy my music via CD but transfer it to USB stick for my vehicle as well as a music server to play around the house via a Sonos system. Despite being hearing impaired my entire life, music is still my greatest love. Still go to concerts all the time...
  7. I’m in southern Ontario and deal with Sunnybrook Hospital. I have never found waiting times to be months long, rather I find them rather receptive to extra appointments of which I have requested a few. Nothing but kudos for Sunnybrook in my opinion.
  8. I would just like to add that I am a very active person and went with the Sonnet for the peace of mind of having the BTE anchored so to speak behind my ear. I’m worried that a Rondo would just go flying off my head in certain situations. I have in fact dislodged the Sonnet twice in 2.5 years😀
  9. Overall, I probably use the rechargeables 70% of the time. Much more in the winter unless I’m travelling but once the nice weather comes and I do a lot more travelling/ outdoor activities then I switch to the disposables. Once I have started a pack, I tend to use the pack up. Also I buy the disposables in bulk and don’t fully trust the shelf life so don’t want to keep them too long😀. Btw I have settled on Power Ones Implant Plus and the ones I have now are supposed to be good till June 2021 When using the rechargeables, I have gotten into the habit of putting in a fresh one when heading out of the house, even if the one I’m using has only been in a few hours. Probably shortens the overall lifespan but then I’m not caught with a dead battery while driving or socializing. If I’m home just sitting around then I’m usually caught cursing the beeps!
  10. Where is the option for both? That’s what I use...
  11. I find it a real pain to get the Artone into pairing mode to connect the first time. Easy to reconnect after pairing is accomplished. The Artone has to be blinking alternating red/blue which I find hard to get going before the Bluetooth search has timed out on the phone😀. But keep plugging away. After I manage to pair with a device, I find a quick push for the button to wake up the Artone quickly followed by about a 3 second push reconnects the device no problem. But to get that alternating red/blue... what a pain...
  12. I even tried another laptop, still getting the old list on that and my tablet. So after your email I fired up my old galaxy tablet and that works fine. Thanks for the verification it’s me (as usual)😀
  13. Thanks but nothing after April 20 on the link
  14. Title pretty much says it all. Trying to use Cochlear’s Telephone with Confidence program and can’t find the pdf’s for any after April 20th. Is this a common occurrence or am I doing something wrong? (latter likely😀).
  15. Yes I have the S10. I also find holding the phone up to the processor is great in a quiet situation but also putting it on speaker. Tried the Roger pen but prefer the Artone neckloop as I can cut out all ambient sound via telecoil setting. Having fun with this but only talked to close family so far but it does open up a world of possibilities.
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