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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    @C T lex
    type @ followed without a space by the username
    a window pops up
    select the user
    it should show up then as a blue box
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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    @Sherri
     
    Thank you so much Sherri.  Always great to see you here.
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    Sherri got a reaction from Mary Beth in Need information for Surgery Implant   
    Thanks Mary Beth for the tag. I am not often on hearpeers, so nice to connect today.
    I believe the reason there is not an over abundance of EAS talk is due more to the fact the procedure and EAS processor has only been FDA approved since September 2016
    I have been implanted with my first EAS/flex24 array since 2010, as I was a participant in the clinical trial. I am now bilateral.
    C T Lex if you have enough residual low frequency hearing to try the Sonnet EAS processor, I would encourage you to do so. 
    Back in the day when I was implanted the surgery was a little different procedure, I think they called it soft insert, or round window procedure. It was just a little different array insert procedure than the traditional implant procedure. It all involved preserving residual. The traditional procedure did not take into account residual hearing or any attempt to preserve.
     Check with your surgeon on qualifying for EAS. Most surgeons today are working with procedures that try and preserve residual if you have enough to be beneficial in the low frequencies. 
    Sonnet EAS processors can be programmed with Acoustic component activated or with it turned off if residual fails. 
    I have 2 Sonnet EAS processors. One is Full electric now as I have lost residual after 9 years, and the other is programmed with acoustic and electric programming. 
    I have no regrets and love my Sonnets.
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    Sherri got a reaction from Julesrdh in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Kimmay in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Karen T in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Joan in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Hicksy in New to HearsPeers   
    Hi Dorothy! congratulations on your surgery date. I would love to share my experience with you and answer any questions I can.
    I was actually part of the clinical trial for the EAS, which is Med-El’s name for their hybrid. My first implant was 7 years ago and now I am bilateral EAS. I have been given back a life I thought I would never be a part of again! 
    I was terrified when I began this journey as I knew no one with my type of hearing loss, and I didn’t know about these wonderful groups. 
    I have a very special friend that encouraged me to follow this path that had opened before me even though I was afraid. So I trusted this open door was right and I jumped in and “Did it Afraid”!
    Today I can tell you it was the best decision I have ever made. And today all my fear has been replaced with such gratitude and joy for the life, sounds, conversations and opportunities this amazing technology has given back to me. 
    It is a journey but one well worth traveling. 
    I would be happy to share more specifics with you as well.
    Best Wishes Dorothy
     
     
     
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    Sherri got a reaction from stream2525 in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in New to HearsPeers   
    Thank you @Sherri
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    Sherri got a reaction from Dorothy in New to HearsPeers   
    Hi Dorothy! congratulations on your surgery date. I would love to share my experience with you and answer any questions I can.
    I was actually part of the clinical trial for the EAS, which is Med-El’s name for their hybrid. My first implant was 7 years ago and now I am bilateral EAS. I have been given back a life I thought I would never be a part of again! 
    I was terrified when I began this journey as I knew no one with my type of hearing loss, and I didn’t know about these wonderful groups. 
    I have a very special friend that encouraged me to follow this path that had opened before me even though I was afraid. So I trusted this open door was right and I jumped in and “Did it Afraid”!
    Today I can tell you it was the best decision I have ever made. And today all my fear has been replaced with such gratitude and joy for the life, sounds, conversations and opportunities this amazing technology has given back to me. 
    It is a journey but one well worth traveling. 
    I would be happy to share more specifics with you as well.
    Best Wishes Dorothy
     
     
     
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    Sherri got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to HearsPeers   
    Hi Dorothy! congratulations on your surgery date. I would love to share my experience with you and answer any questions I can.
    I was actually part of the clinical trial for the EAS, which is Med-El’s name for their hybrid. My first implant was 7 years ago and now I am bilateral EAS. I have been given back a life I thought I would never be a part of again! 
    I was terrified when I began this journey as I knew no one with my type of hearing loss, and I didn’t know about these wonderful groups. 
    I have a very special friend that encouraged me to follow this path that had opened before me even though I was afraid. So I trusted this open door was right and I jumped in and “Did it Afraid”!
    Today I can tell you it was the best decision I have ever made. And today all my fear has been replaced with such gratitude and joy for the life, sounds, conversations and opportunities this amazing technology has given back to me. 
    It is a journey but one well worth traveling. 
    I would be happy to share more specifics with you as well.
    Best Wishes Dorothy
     
     
     
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    Sherri reacted to Dorothy in New to HearsPeers   
    I have just been scheduled to have surgery on 11/13 if the hospital approves a Sonnet Hybrid implant.  I've not seen too much about the Hybrid, so any advice, encouragement, comments would surely help to calm my nerves!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Megan L. in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri got a reaction from Mary Beth in favorite WOW moments   
    I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!!
    My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in Helpful tips for new members   
    Hello,
    Many people have recently asked about navigating HearPeers.  Here are a few things that I find useful.  They may help you as well.  Welcome!
     
    The bell symbol at the top is notifications.  Touch it and a window opens.  It will list any notifications you have received and allow you to tap on any of them to be brought right to the message without having to navigate through the forum.  There is also a notifications setting icon in that window and by touching it, you will be brought to a window where you can choose when and how to be notified.  Scroll down as there are a lot of options.
     
    The ACTIVITY link next to BROWSE is also very helpful.  Touch ACTIVITY then choose ALL activity to see a list of all activity posted recently and you can click and go directly to any item you wish.  After awhile of being on the forum, you can also use the UNREAD option which will then just show you posts that you have not yet read.  Clicking on them will bring you directly to the posts.
     
    BROWSE option shows you all of our large topics.  Clicking on any will open up a list of conversations in that topic.
     Aural rehab is a popular topic.
    Assistive Listening Devices is popular as well and where you will find info on the Roger System.
     
    SEARCH allows you to type in anything and search for it.
     
    You can follow topics or follow people if you like as well.
    It takes a bit to feel comfortable with this format, but in my opinion it is well worth it.  There are many, many helpful people here and lots of terrific information.  We also have Med El active here and can ask direct questions and receive info that way.  (Check out the Rondo 2 forum to see what I mean.)
     
    I hope you find this helpful.
    @Joan @Karen T @Angie @Samina bugti @Mary Alice London
     
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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet mic covers   
    Just sharing in case this helps anyone.
     
    Med-El recommends that we change the Sonnet mic covers every three months or when sound quality has diminished.  That seems to be about 2-3 months for me.
     
    Originally I was told that my insurance did not cover replacement Sonnet mic covers by my CSR.  I have a different CSR now and I asked if we could try to process Sonnet replacement mic covers through my insurance.  She was happy to try and today she told me that my insurance approved them.
     
    Just sharing in case others in the US want to have Med-El check to see if their insurance covers the Sonnet mic covers.
     
    Mary Beth
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    Sherri got a reaction from Cara Mia in Decision on implanting !   
    Mary Beth!! I am so thankful I joined this group! I had not read your story before!!! Thank you for sharing yours and mine!! You have had quite a journey. What a great encouragement you are to so many. I do hope we can meet face to face one day. 
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    Sherri got a reaction from Cara Mia in Interesting article about progress in technology of Cochlear Implants   
    This is a very interesting article. I am bilateral EAS with residual in both ears. I have the flex24 array and had a very experienced surgeon using the soft insert technique. I remember him saying to me I had enough steroids in my head to float a boat. Steroids were used during my surgery but this new reasearch sounds pretty cool. I have lost some residual in my worst ear over the past 2 years although I still have enough to use the acoustic component of my processor.  I think it would be incredible to have the ability to regenerate new hair cells though. 
     
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    Sherri got a reaction from Kara of Canada in Hello from Charleston SC   
    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! And thank you Mary Beth for sharing my story. Don't you all just love love Mary Beth! She has been such an incredible support to me and many others.  
    I know there were some folks here asking about EAS. I hope my story will answer some questions and please feel free to directly ask me anything. I may not have the answer but will share honestly my personal experience. I have an appointment coming up soon new mapping and having the duel mikes activated. Can't wait for all that to happen. 
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    Sherri got a reaction from Julesrdh in Hello from Charleston SC   
    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! And thank you Mary Beth for sharing my story. Don't you all just love love Mary Beth! She has been such an incredible support to me and many others.  
    I know there were some folks here asking about EAS. I hope my story will answer some questions and please feel free to directly ask me anything. I may not have the answer but will share honestly my personal experience. I have an appointment coming up soon new mapping and having the duel mikes activated. Can't wait for all that to happen. 
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    Sherri reacted to Mary Beth in Decision on implanting !   
    Sherri,
    Thanks.  We all have interesting pasts that have brought us to this amazing technology.  I continue to be amazed each time I read another person's story.
    I sure do hope we meet in person one day too my friend.
     
    We really need a Med-El gathering.  It would be so much fun! (International, of course)
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    Sherri got a reaction from Mary Beth in Decision on implanting !   
    Mary Beth!! I am so thankful I joined this group! I had not read your story before!!! Thank you for sharing yours and mine!! You have had quite a journey. What a great encouragement you are to so many. I do hope we can meet face to face one day. 
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    Sherri got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hybrid Implant   
    Hi Lauren, I recently joined this group and would love to talk with you about my EAS experience. I have Sonnet EAS processors, which is the Med-El name for their hybrid processors. I was implanted with my first CI in 2010 as part of the clinical trial. The EAS was FDA approved in the US just recently. I am so excited that this is now available to everyone that may not have qualified or wanted to go for a traditional CI because of some residual hearing. That was me for a long time. Hope I can answer some questions.
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    Sherri got a reaction from Julesrdh in Decision on implanting !   
    Mary Beth!! I am so thankful I joined this group! I had not read your story before!!! Thank you for sharing yours and mine!! You have had quite a journey. What a great encouragement you are to so many. I do hope we can meet face to face one day. 
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