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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Featherston in favorite WOW moments   
    My latest “Wow” moment is the other day I had a phone interview for a job! It went pretty well. I lost the ability to talk on the phone years ago and still shy away from using one but to actually be able to accomplish this was great! To actually consider my hearing has recovered enough to return to work was also unthinkable before the implant. So I guess a couple of “Wow” moments.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in favorite WOW moments   
    My latest “Wow” moment is the other day I had a phone interview for a job! It went pretty well. I lost the ability to talk on the phone years ago and still shy away from using one but to actually be able to accomplish this was great! To actually consider my hearing has recovered enough to return to work was also unthinkable before the implant. So I guess a couple of “Wow” moments.
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    Hicksy reacted to MED-EL Moderator in MED-EL is here for you.   
    Dear HearPeers, 
    As the situation around the world develops due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we just wanted to let you know that MED-EL is here for you. 
    Our local teams continue to offer customer support in whatever way country restrictions allow them to. You can find the contact for your nearest MED-EL office here: https://www.medel.com/about-medel/med-el-offices-worldwide
    We are still moderating this forum during the week (Monday to Friday) so if you have any other questions you are always welcome to tag or message us.
    All the best, 
    The HearPeers Support Team

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    Hicksy got a reaction from CArgo in Rogerpen vs Audiolink   
    I have a Sonnet with the Roger 21 receiver and love it especially for Tv. It does drain the batteries a little faster if used for long periods of time. I usually just use it for Tv and it’s great. I can watch tv or play video games without any sound on the tv by plugging the pen plus base into the headphone jack or as an addition the the speakers if watching with others. One caveat may be older tv’s that won’t put sound to the speakers if something is plugged into the headphone jack so test that out first. The pen should work fine for the coach. The only small quibble I have with the Roger Pen is that it switches to omnidirectional mode automatically so if I forget to change the receiver before I go out, I’m stuck in that mode which I don't usually use. Small annoyance. The Artone neckloop is an absolute must have for streaming from a phone. I use it for phone calls and reading audiobooks. I haven’t tried the TVB as the Roger Pen works so well.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    Although I was/is an avid music listener, I pulled Led Zeppelin IV from my LP collection and realized I couldn't even hear Robert Plant singing...
    That was it for me😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from JosephG in Recently implanted ... is pounding unintelligible noise normal?   
    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)😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Recently implanted ... is pounding unintelligible noise normal?   
    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)😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from JosephG in Recently implanted ... is pounding unintelligible noise normal?   
    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.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Kylie in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    My new sound was also crickets. Had to ask the spouse what I was hearing. They sure can be noisy!
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Deaf in both ears with ONE cochlear implant   
    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!
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    My new sound was also crickets. Had to ask the spouse what I was hearing. They sure can be noisy!
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Deaf in both ears with ONE cochlear implant   
    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!
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Evren in Your favorite music of the week   
    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...
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Your favorite music of the week   
    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...
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    Hicksy reacted to tomseabrook in Helmets   
    You might recognise one of the surnames in the link which is my very clever daughter who is off to Innsbruck as a prize for inventing this. Unfortunately the development costs will be astronomical and far too much for us but we are in touch with a couple of other clever people who are looking at developing similar things.
    https://www.ideas4ears.org/meet-the-inventors/
    As things stand, I know people have used baseball batting helmets although being UK based I have no idea how good a baseball helmet would be on a bike! Better than nothing though I expect.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Learning to listen on the phone   
    Hard to believe the day came but I went out and bought a cell phone. Find the quality a lot better than the older landline. I have been using the Artone neck loop but actually don’t find it that bad just using the speaker in a quiet setting. Telecoil seems a pain compared to the Artone. Haven’t tried the Roger pen yet but will give it a try. Been using Telephone with Confidence a lot.
    I actually never thought the day would come that I could hear on the phone. It’s probably 35 years or so since I lost that ability😀 
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Learning to listen on the phone   
    Hard to believe the day came but I went out and bought a cell phone. Find the quality a lot better than the older landline. I have been using the Artone neck loop but actually don’t find it that bad just using the speaker in a quiet setting. Telecoil seems a pain compared to the Artone. Haven’t tried the Roger pen yet but will give it a try. Been using Telephone with Confidence a lot.
    I actually never thought the day would come that I could hear on the phone. It’s probably 35 years or so since I lost that ability😀 
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Jewel in Best music listening solution on planes?   
    I use Sony MX1000 noise canceling over the ear headphones plugged directly into my Ipad by cable. Therefore I don’t have to worry about the headphones being charged up for bluetooth or any other devices. Simple and works great.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in CI users who have BOTH Roger transmitter/receiver & Artone BT neckloop   
    Roger pen pretty much hooked up to T.V. all the time for television and xbox. Seldom take it anywhere else cause I usually forget it😀
    Artone neckloop for listening to audiobooks frequently and watching tv and online content on my tablet.
    I have Sony MX1000 headphones I use on airplanes and rarely at night on the bedroom tv.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Android phones live Speech to text   
    Interesting. Wasn’t aware of this or Live Transcribe. I guess it’s only a matter of time until what I want is achieved.  Isn’t technology great!
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Pay or free?   
    To some, $30 per year is a lot of money, to others, a drop in a bucket so I’m sure there is some kind of market. I do think it would have to be pretty unique from the free apps though to gain any traction.
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Jewel in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Mine is simply the fact I can talk to people again. I was always an outgoing guy and didn’t let my hearing loss stop me while with close friends despite messing up big time occasionally but I was really withdrawing otherwise. Now I can go into a coffee shop and chat with anyone. Getting my life back! (And some new friends)😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Beth in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Mine is simply the fact I can talk to people again. I was always an outgoing guy and didn’t let my hearing loss stop me while with close friends despite messing up big time occasionally but I was really withdrawing otherwise. Now I can go into a coffee shop and chat with anyone. Getting my life back! (And some new friends)😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Mary Featherston in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Mine is simply the fact I can talk to people again. I was always an outgoing guy and didn’t let my hearing loss stop me while with close friends despite messing up big time occasionally but I was really withdrawing otherwise. Now I can go into a coffee shop and chat with anyone. Getting my life back! (And some new friends)😀
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Nikki in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Mine is simply the fact I can talk to people again. I was always an outgoing guy and didn’t let my hearing loss stop me while with close friends despite messing up big time occasionally but I was really withdrawing otherwise. Now I can go into a coffee shop and chat with anyone. Getting my life back! (And some new friends)😀
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