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    User of a hearing implant
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    3-5 years
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    Cochlear Implant
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    Sensorineural
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    Other
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    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. I voted for direct streaming, but I would also like to see an improved filter design that makes the Sonnet processor safe to use in rain or when sweating. I'm actually very surprised that this problem has not been mentioned more often on the forum. I have had close to 10 Sonnet processors fail due to moisture during the last three years. They have been replaced on warranty, but it is still a big nuisance. Hopefully the Sonnet 2 has been improved in this area.
  2. Helgeo

    Sonnet 2

    @Mary Featherston This is exciting news! What is the exact name of the Facebook group where this info was shared?
  3. I do not have a noise canceling headset yet, but plan to get one after activation of the second side. My wife has the Bose QC35, it sounded great on my Sonnet but was useless on the HA side due to feedback. I might look into the Sony wh 1000 xm3 as they have slightly larger ear cups and generally get great reviews for both sound quality and noise canceling. They are a bit expensive but will make a great present for myself 😊
  4. I have a Sonnet now and will get one more in few weeks. I was asked if I would like to switch to Rondo 2 but I cannot think of any advantages by switching πŸ€” I have almost no hair so Rondos will not be easy to hide πŸ˜‰ And I don't like the idea of having to be without the processor while charging. Also with Sonnets I can use a regular noise canceling headset.
  5. Here in Norway it used to be bilateral for children and one side for adults. But the last couple of years they have started to give bilateral surgery for adults as well. All costs are covered by our free health care. We have high taxes, but it is worth it 😊 Just got my second implant two days ago.
  6. @Mary Beth Yes, true stereo is a must for music! While waiting for Medel to come up with great new technology I will probably go for a noise cancelling headset like Bose QC35 or the Sony WH-1000XM3. Just have to wait a few more weeks now for my second implant to be inserted and connected
  7. It will probably be similar, I'm guessing that Roger 21 is also using 2.4 GHz signals. In order for the Sonnets to connect directly to a smart phone without the need for an intermediary device they probably would need to support Bluetooth connection. However that would make it difficult to get a true stereo signal for bilateral user since BT usually connects to only one device at a time. Perhaps this is why an intermediary device is needed? Newer iPhone versions has a proprietary stereo wireless system that they use with their AirPod wireless earphones. I guess this is what Cochlear has licensed and used in their Nucleus 7 processor, so this is why only newer iPhones are supported for direct wireless communication with the N7. The Sonnets were made before Apple implemented this system, so we will not be able to get this until a new generation of Medel processors are available. Edit: Did some more research and fond that newer Bluetooth versions have support for "TrueWireless Stereo" and this is already used by many manufactures of wireless earbuds. The current design consumes quite a bit of power, but a new design was launched last year and would probably be perfect for a next generation CI processor: https://www.qualcomm.com/solutions/voice-and-music/features/truewireless
  8. The Sonnet has been around for more than 4 years now, and there is still no news about the 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity option. I wonder why it is taking so long, and why Medel is completely quiet about it? Perhaps we will have to wait for the next generation of processors, whenever that might be. I'm guessing that one issue with the 2.4 GHz technology is that it will make the processor consume more power. Currently I get about 8 hours use from a rechargeable battery, guess it would be significantly shorter with a 2.4 GHz receiver enabled. But I could live with that to be able to stream music or phone calls directly. I find it strange that Medel has not redesigned their rechargeable batteries. One reason for the short battery life must be that batteries themselves are very small. There is a lot of space wasted by having to use an adapter and the original battery cover. As far as I know, Cochlear processors get more than twice as long use from a rechargeable battery compared to what we get. Their rechargeable batteries have integrated covers and no need for adapter so they can use almost all the available space for the actual lithium ion battery cell(s). The upcoming wireless connectivity option was one of the reasons why I chose Medel over Cochlear when I got my first implant 3 years ago. Now I'm getting my second implant in less than two weeks and of course I have to stay with the same brand. This is a bit frustrating, but there is really nothing to do but wait. However the wait would be easier to accept if there was some specific timeline or information on what is coming. Hopefully they will make a solution that can provide sound directly from a smart phone without having to use an intermediary device.
  9. Have not used it very much yet but tried it in a noisy restaurant last night together with a group of people. It makes it much easier to hear individual people when pointing the Roger pen at them, placing the pen flat in the center of the table did not really help much compared to using only the CI. However there is a big issue with the Roger 21: my own voice is muted so much that it feels un-natural and probably makes me speak very loud. This issue seems to be worse when there is a lot of background noise. Does anyone else have this issue?
  10. Have used the std. rechargeable batteries for about 10 months now. I get about 8 - 9 hours use. Have not noticed any degrading since they were new. I just got the Roger 21 receiver a week ago, and now the battery life has dropped slightly but I believe I still get around 7 or 8 hours. Would probably be worse with extensive use of the Roger pen, time will show.
  11. Helgeo

    Battery life

    I get 2 days with 675 batteries and about 8 hours with the rechargeable ones on my Sonnet. A bit disappointed by the short life of the rechargeable ones, I have 3 of them and often need to use them all in a single day. I always carry a pack of disposable 675's in case I forget to charge or forget to bring the charger when going a way for a few days.
  12. I spoke to an audiologist last week about the filters on the Sonnet. He said that Med-el is working on a new design that will include nano-coated filters and that it may possibly be available within the next year. Not sure if this will be retrofit filters for the Sonnet or if there is an entirely new processor design coming out.
  13. Guess I should have mentioned that many times it works to just wipe water off the outside of the filter or to use the dry kit. But if water gets inside the microphone itself it will not come out again. The sound does not disappear completely, but the noise filtering gets very upset once there is a difference between the two microphones. If only the front microphone is wet it gets really bad in all programs, if only the rear microphone gets wet the processor still works normally in programs without noise cancelling. Anyway, it would be great if Med-El could design a new filter that avoids the water issue completely. It is definitely doable as it works well on the Widex HA.
  14. I have been using Sonnet for almost two years now, it is fantastic most of the time. But it is so sensitive to moisture like rain or sweat. I have replaced my processor 6 or 7 times since I got it due to water entering one of the microphones. Med-El claims that the Sonnet is water resistant but it is not. Problems occurs when doing heavy physical work (sweating) or being outside in rain. Of course I'm carefully trying to protect the processor against water, but sometimes it is unavoidable to expose it to some sweat or light rain. Using an "Ear-Gear" cover protects it well, and of course the water-wear is 100% water proof, but these protectors are usually only used in planned situations with risk of moisture. But sometimes people (at least me) end up in situations where sweating or rain comes unplanned and where we still want to be able to hear people around us. I think the main problem is the design of the filter, it is facing right up and once a drop of water lands on one of the microphone grids it will slip through and become trapped inside the filter. Once water gets beyond the filter it is too late to fix by replacing filter or place in dryer, the only solution is to get a new processor. Also I have very short hair so the processor is not protected by my hair. I have been wearing Widex Inteo Super (BTE)hearing aids for many years, and still have one on one side. These hearing aids have nano coated filter covers with openings on the sides. Not once have I had any problem with water on these aids. I have tried to suggest to MedEl Nordic that they look into the filter design, but it seems to be difficult to get the message through. Does anyone else have moisture problems with the Sonnet? Best regards from Norway, Helge
  15. Hi, I'm new on this forum. Was implanted 1.5 years ago and have Medel Sonnet, expecting to get bi-lateral within a year or so. Any news on the 2.4 GHz tech from Medel? Would love to have a wireless connection, particularly when travelling by plane as the telecoil pics up all kinds of noise in a plane. Helge
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