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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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    Hicksy reacted to Megan L. in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    @Jewel You made an awesome list!!! Now I’ll add a few specific ones of my own 😁 
    *I recently went with a friend to see Anastasia on Broadway (for the first time since getting my CI) and could follow the entire story and dialogue. I loved that.
    *I work in apparel (Technical Design to be specific) and during fittings it’s my responsibility to take fit notes/comments to send to the vendor on pattern and garment fit corrections and I would never be able to do it without my CI. There is a lot of talk during these fittings between different departments (PD, Design, Merch) that if I didn’t have my CI, I’d never be able to follow!!
    *At work, I’d never hear people calling my name from across the room, now I do! 
    *I love that I can understand accents from around the world with very little effort
    *Music sounds the best it ever has - like a complete song not half or part of a song
    *Its been very freeing being able to talk and listen on the phone with ease 
    *I can eavesdrop on conversations at work...hehe so fun! Never could do that before 
    Thats all I have for now off the top of my tired head 😴😁
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    Hicksy reacted to Jewel in February is a great month to post what we LOVE about our CIs   
    Well I only have one CI but I certainly do love it. It has literally changed my life in the past 5 months since I've been activated. 
    1. I got my life back! I can be the independent person I was previously. I no longer have to depend on someone to do things for me because of  my deafness. 
    2. I now remember my love for music! For so many years I couldn't enjoy music. Now I play it as soon as I hop into my car. 
    3. I can follow the storyline and genuinely laugh with the rest of the audience when I go to the cinema or to the theater for live plays. 
    4. I can make and receive phone calls with no problem. I can call coworkers instead of having someone else make the call for me or me having to literally walk to the person's office! 
    5. I can hear the ambulance and police sirens which I have not been able to do in over a decade! 
    6. I can look at a person's entire face and enjoy the conversation and not have to focus on the person's lips and rely on lipreading and hope that the person doesn't realise that all I am doing is looking at his/her lips! 
    7. I can tune into webinars at work which aren't captioned and which I couldn't benefit from before for work. 
    8. I can follow along generally with ease when I'm in a meeting. 
    9. I can hear people talking behind me and actually hear what they say! 
    10. I can actually carry on a conversation while driving, irrespective of whether the person is sitting beside or behind me. 
    11. I can hear the raindrops on my car! 
    12. I can hear the car indicator. 
    13. I no longer have to say "What?" every few minutes. 
    14. I can block out what everyone is saying by going to telecoil or removing the processor or I can welcome the sound by using M or MT. 
    15. I can hear people with soft voices. 
    16. I sometimes forget that I'm deaf thanks to this amazing device! 
    17. I can hold a conversation on an intercom at a gate. 
    18. When I wear the processor, my voice sounds better (so I'm told). 
    19. I have been able to keep my job (so far). 
    20. I can enjoy the various sounds all around me, like the birds chirping. I used to think that there are hardly any birds in town cos I couldn't hear them. Now I am hearing them even if I don't see them. And I hear the lizards and crickets too. 
    21. I can enjoy YouTube vids and audio recordings. 
    I could go on and on and on! 😂 
    Please chime in @Kara of Canada
    @Marion nancy
    @Emily C.
    @Hicksy
    @DaveD
     
     
     
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    Hicksy got a reaction from Megan L. 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 MallaRuth in The Public Library   
    I would like to point out the Public Library as a great resource for many that I feel hasn’t been mentioned enough on this site.
    As a kid, I grew up in a small town far removed from the city and quickly found the local library as a great way to learn and pass the time. I became a bookworm. When I grew older, I moved to the city and due to job demands, family commitments and the fast paced life of city living, I abandoned the library mainly due to time constraints. I never lost my love of reading however and spent a fortune on books.
    I no longer live in the big city but in a fairly large town. Once implanted, I decided to visit my local library in hopes they provide audiobooks as I quickly grew tired of the repetitiveness of Angel Sounds etc... I imagined a shelf of audiobooks in C.D. form and that is what I found. But I was also introduced to the world of e-books and audiobooks offered online through simply having a library card. What a revelation this was. I visited the library twice, once to sign up and take out an audiobook and once to return the audiobook. Since then, I have done everything online. 
    Most times I’m lucky enough to take out both the audiobook and the e-book to read along. I am allowed to have the books for 21 days with the option to renew but I find this is sufficient for my needs. I understand that a busy working person may find this too short as it does take time to get through an audiobook.
    The selection at my library is absolutely huge. Three of my favourite authors (Lee Child, David Baldacci and Michael Connelly) are releasing new books next month and I already have the three pre-reserved as e-books and two as audiobooks. Nevertheless, if they don’t sync up, my library gives the option to see “what’s available” so I search the available audiobook selections and usually find the corresponding e-book available as well. Simply amazing and a real money saver for sure. And a great training aid as well!
    Sadly, I realize this may not be available to everyone, but if you don’t make the effort to see what is offered at your local library,  you may be missing out on a great resource!
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    Hicksy reacted to Dave in Pittsburgh in OPEN HOUSE   
    Why is it that MED EL open house is only posted on Facebook and not on MED EL website? At least I can’t find it there.I may be looking incorrectly so advise me.Thank goodness the MED EL sends out an general email when one is being held in my area.I am not a big fan of social media unfortunately.
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