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  1. Hi, haven't written in a while. Yes, I still use my MY Link neckloop with my Roger Pen. I haven't used my Roger 21 in months. The neckloop works well with the telecoils in my hearing aid (Left ear) and Sonnet (right ear). I have not noticed any buzzing or electrical interference. By the way, it has been 2 years since my implantation, a kind of milestone. It was well worth it.
  2. Hello, have you tried immersion reading with your Kindle books? I have been reading Kindle books on my iPad Pro with their corresponding audiobooks for at least a year and it's just wonderful. While you listen the words in the text are highlighted. You will not lose your place in the story. Of course, you will have to pay for both Kindle book and audio book. Yesterday I purchased a Kindle book for $12.99 and clicked on the "include audiobook" box at the same time for an extra $7.99 charge. Amazon sent both directly to my iPad within minutes. Open the Kindle book, follow the tip to download the audio book, and away you go! If you are not familiar with Amazon's "immersion reading," you will need to search this term within the website for this information.
  3. Hello, this is a follow-up to my previous email (posted April 1) about purchasing a Phonak Roger MyLink neckloop from Hearing Direct to use with my Sonnet in one ear and a hearing aid in the other ear. I was informed by Joan, the customer service rep, that the product was a Roger MyLink (03), so I purchased it for $180 and am completely satisfied. I apologize for not following up sooner. Feel free to let me know if you have questions.
  4. I agree wholeheartedly, Jennifer. Thank you, Beth. The latest rehab article showed a mother coaching her little girl. So cute, but I thought I wish I had someone like that mother to coach me. I'm 76 and Mom's been gone a long time.
  5. I have been in touch with a customer assistant at Hearing Direct, who is helping me to decide whether I want to purchase a MyLink neckloop or having an audio shoe attached to my hearing aid with a Roger receiver. I've just about decided to get the MyLink neckloop for the ease of donning and removing it. The neckloop sells for $179.99 at https://www.hearingdirect.com/us/phonak-roger-my-link-receiver-universal-neckloop.html I do not know if it is an 02 or 03 but will ask Joan, my customer assistant. $400.00 seems high.
  6. OK, first let me tell you what I learned about the Microsoft Translator on my iPad. See https://translator.microsoft.com/ for more info. It's a gorgeous program for transcribing SHORT statements, no longer than 10 seconds. This is because you have to tap the microphone logo in the app and it's designed to stop recording after that long. Still it's remarkably adept at transcribing correctly and auto corrects much like Google's Live Transcribe. It's worth learning about. Mary Beth, I have a Sonnet in my right ear. Good advice about testing whether the room is looped. I sure hope it is. It's great for both hearing aid and Sonnet because both have telecoil. I'm very familiar by now with my Roger Pen/RogerX, and it's pretty good for TV viewing, but it doesn't help my hearing aid ear at all. (Yes, I will probably buy a Roger MyLink to resolve that problem.) No, I won't ask this speaker, a prominent government official, to wear my RP. I shudder at the thought. I would probably try to sit as close to the podium as I could and point the RP discretely in his direction. This approach has worked at home. Note: I asked my husband one time to wear the RP on a lanyard while we took a walk. I'm sorry to say that the sound quality was terrible, and we haven't tried it since. The problem was too much environmental noise getting picked up: rustling clothes, crunching leaves, traffic noise, etc. Oh, well - about the Artone MAX BT neckloop, too bad. I had hopes for it. By the way, my experience with the Artone TVB transmitter was an unhappy one. I never could pair it with the neckloop, despite numerous email exchanges with both vendor and manufacturer. I finally gave up and got my money back. Both Amazon and the vendor were very gracious about the refund. Next step: I will experiment with Google's Live Transcribe by trying to record TV newscasters. I hope it doesn't time out like the Microsoft Translator did. Stay tuned.
  7. I am attending a public meeting Monday night (March 18) and am trying to find ways to use the tools I have on hand, which are: Roger Pen transmitter and RogerX receiver, Live Transcribe software on my old Android cell phone, my new Artone MAX BT neck loop, and my iPad Pro. Thanks to you, I have located Microsoft Translator on my iPad and will be spending the next few hours exploring this tool. Given the large meeting room assigned for the public meeting, I am afraid that the iPad's microphone will not be strong enough to pick up the speaker's voice. I am waiting to hear from the promoter about whether the room will be looped, but how will that help the transcription? All of this is making my head spin.
  8. Kylie - happy to meet you. Let's both work at testing this software. My auditory rehab therapist told me yesterday that I need to attend public meetings to gain experience in listening to real people talk, so I'm interested in learning if I can use Live Transcribe in these settings. Questions in my mind include: What if the speaker walks around while talking - will the transcription software pick it up? Can I use my Roger Pen in this scenario? How? Will I be able to pick up questions from the audience more easily? I will be happy to share my discoveries on this platform! Lita
  9. Well, I couldn't wait after learning about it from you, so I downloaded Live Transcribe and poked around until I activated the microphone (it turns red). My husband and tried it out and, folks, it's amazing, just amazing. I still have a lot to learn about it, so will stop here for now. This has HUGE potential for our community. Lita
  10. Thank you, Mary Beth. I have given your suggested options some thought. I wore out my first FM battery cover by switching frequently between the Roger X receiver and the FM direct audio cable, and it was replaced under warranty (no charge to me). It stays connected to the FM direct audio cable. About the same time I purchased another FM battery cover and it stays connected to the Roger X. No wear on the connectors this way. But now that I'm using my hearing aid in the other ear, I wanted to try a neckloop option so I don't have to change out so often. For audiobooks, nothing beats the FM direct audio cable for sound quality, in my view. But then, I haven't tried the Artone 3 MAX neckloop, so I will probably go with your last option. Thanks again, you always give such good advice.
  11. I was implanted (Synchrony implant/Sonnet processor) in my right ear in July 2017 and activated in August 2017. In October 2018 I re-introduced my Siemens hearing aid (purchased in 2014) in my left ear. The hearing aid is not wireless but it does have a telecoil. I want to be able to listen to my TV using the telecoils in both hearing aid and Sonnet. I thought I would purchase an Artone MAX neckloop which I hoped to use with my Roger Pen that came with my MED-EL patient kit. Earlier today I found a message train in HearPeers that says that the two cannot be used together but now I can't find it! The Roger Pen website seems to say that only a My Link neckloop (very expensive!) made by the same company that produces the Roger Pen will work together. How annoying. Mary Beth, if you are reading this, did you buy an Artone transmitter in addition to your Artone MAX neckloop to listen to your TV? Does anyone have any advice for me? Thank you.
  12. @Mary Beth You are absolutely correct. I updated my iPad tonight and then the i-AngelSound. I recommend this app to anyone with a new cochlear implant. It is free of charge and easy to download from the App store.
  13. @Mary Beth Mary Beth, are you aware that iAngelSound on iPad will no longer work with the newest software version (iOS 11.0.3). I had been getting warnings of this for months and now the new version is here. I have avoided downloading it because I will be unable to use this wonderful app. Do you know if the FU Foundation (the organization sponsoring this app) plans to upgrade the app to make it compatible with the new software? Thanks, Lita
  14. Mary Beth: As always, your responses are interesting and on point. I also have AB CLIX and Angel Sounds on my new iPad and love them. Thanks for the good advice about the Medel CDs. I will start rebab classes at Gallaudet September 22. That should provide sufficient additional aural support. At one month after activation and third mapping, high frequency sounds still dominate, like birds and crickets. Running water at the kitchen tap and when flushing a toilet is LOUD. On the bright side, the speech frequency range is starting to be heard. And I can hear some music! Lita
  15. Marybeth, have you tried the Medel rehab discs - you provided the link above. They are rather expensive, but might be worth it. Thanks. Lita
  16. Thank you, Mary Beth. I am grateful to you and all the other gurus for your wonderful support! Lita
  17. Hello, I will be activated on August 10 and when I am far enough along in sound identification, I will start using the neat AB CLIX app I downloaded to my iPad recently. My problem is that I started using AB CLIX with my non-implanted ear (hearing aid in that ear). I started experimenting on the level below the TEST line and now I can't find a way to delete the tests I done so I can start with a clean slate. Should I delete the current application and re-load AB CLIX from the Apps Store? Can someone guide me? Thank you. Lita
  18. Thanks, Mary Beth. I'm trying to think what I need to do to prepare. Get a User Manual from Med-El and study it? Read up on rehab exercises that I'll need to do to get the most out of my CI? Is there some kind of orderly pattern to follow? Where do I begin now that I've decided to go ahead with it. Bet Marsha would like to know, too. I see your name everywhere in HearPeers. I would appreciate a short list from you to get started, and I will be happy to share my experiences with all.
  19. Hello, Marsha: I am 74 and recently made the decision to get a Med-El implant for my right ear. My surgery is scheduled for July 3 in Bethesda, MD. I have had severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears since birth, but I learned to wear hearing aids when I was very young and have worn them all my life. In the last year, my hearing has gotten much worse and my doctors at Johns Hopkins told me to consider a CI. I think you have received excellent advice from the others above; Megan, Mary Beth, and Adam all greeted me when I signed onto this site as a Newbie in April 2017. I spent several months studying all three makers of CIs and interviewing CI users of all three brands. Altogether I connected with 15 users and 3 company reps - some in person, some by email. I finally chose Med-El because the users I talked to had similar hearing backgrounds and clearly had adapted very well to their CIs. I think it's important to look at all the product literature and connect with as many users as practicable for you. I hope you will stay in touch through this forum. Lita
  20. I am so pleased to receive well wishes from Mary Beth, Megan, and now Adam. I'm still in the decision phase but very much like what I've learned about Med El cochlear implants. I agree that it's important to get a good understanding of the internal implant. I understand the full coverage concept, but am still mystified by the terms, "maximum stimulation rate," "channels," and "electrode drivers." My current understanding from looking at the Cochlear Implant Comparison Chart on the website named Cochlear Implant HELP, Med El's electrode array can have up to 24 electrodes, and that each electrode has a positive and negative current source. When a coded signal comes down the array, it goes to the appropriate electrode and stimulates the associated hair cell or neuron, and then goes to the auditory nerve. In fact, the electrodes can be stimulated simultaneously (51,000 PPS, with PPS being the number of updates per second the implant is capable of providing, according to the chart.) The chart also shows that Advanced Bionics has a maximum stimulation rate of 83,000 PPS, but more isn't necessarily better. How am I doing so far? Is there literature anywhere that describes the mechanism in more layman terms? Can you explain it more fully for me? Thanks a million.
  21. I am a 74 yr old cochlear implant candidate considering a MED-EL Synchrony implant. I have had bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss since birth. I began wearing hearing aids when I was 4. When I was 20, I had my first Meniere's Syndrome attack that landed me in the hospital for a few days. It took several months for me to improve well enough to return to my college classes. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology. Years later I returned to school and picked up another B.S.and a M.S. in Environmental Health. I worked as an occupational safety and health specialist for the federal government for 22 years, retired, then returned to work part time for another 5 years. I suffered another Meniere's attack in my left ear in March 2016, and now my hearing loss has progressed to the point that hearing aids do little good. I sought help from Dr. John Carey in Johns Hopkins' Otolaryngology Department. He and his colleague, Dr. Seth Pross, both recommended a cochlear implant. I am now working with Pam Cain, audiologist, and Dr. Wade Chien, surgeon, both with Johns Hopkins' The Listening Center. I was surprised to learn that there is no upper age limit for getting a cochlear implant. In fact, the 92 yr old mother of a friend of mine received an implant on February 13, 2017, and her implant will be activated next week. I am currently reviewing the pros and cons of implants made by MED-EL, Cochlear, Inc., and Advanced Bionics. I admit to leaning toward MED-EL because of its long electrode arrays, MRI safety, and Triformance features. I would like to hear from other candidates and those who chose MED-EL for their implants. Please feel free to tell me about your search and - for those of you who chose a MED-EL implant - how you reached your decision. Thank you very much. Lita
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