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    User of a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm back here I'm not sure where I've left off here, but I got implanted 2 years ago on my right side and it is awesome. I got implanted with Cochlear and not Medel tho, so I can't really speak about my experience with Medel. Anyway it's really good. Much better than any hearing aid I ever used. I am hearing very well, almost normally. Would say above 90% for speech. Sometimes I can even hear lyrics to songs I listen for the first time, and also TV shows without closed captioning. Cinemas are still a little difficult tho. Maybe it's the surrounding. As for whethe
  2. Hi everyone, I just went for my first mapping last monday. Started off with speech therapy followed by a hearing test, after which my audiologist gave me new programs. She says hearing on some frequencies is a bit unclear for me, but cant exactly pinpoint which one is wrong because seems like my "lost" frequencies is here and there and thus hard to identify. So, one program was tuned according to the audiogram, and the others were just mic directionality I think. Oh there's also another program which is my very first program (factory settings i think?) but just inc
  3. Hi everyone, So its been about 2 months since switch on, and my hearing is still about the same as in the first few weeks. I'm not sure, maybe I've reached the peak already, but will have to go for my first mapping end of this month. I am paranoid and have anxiety and honestly the CI is really scaring me because: 1) Sometimes it feels like my hearing has decreased. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or if it is really getting weaker. 2) Occassionaly, I hear some popping/cackling sounds. It's not long but maybe tic tic, twice and its gone. (Is my implant failing?) 3)
  4. Hi everyone, So its been about 2 months since switch on, and my hearing is still about the same as in the first few weeks. I'm not sure, maybe I've reached the peak already, but will have to go for my first mapping end of this month. I am paranoid and have anxiety and honestly the CI is really scaring me because: 1) Sometimes it feels like my hearing has decreased. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or if it is really getting weaker. 2) Occassionaly, I hear some popping/cackling sounds. It's not long but maybe tic tic, twice and its gone. (Is my implant failing?) 3)
  5. Thanks @Mary Beth That's wonderful! Voice and Music sound quite natural to me now, even though I have yet to map. I gradually increased the available volume, and now the loudest seem soft to me. My audiologist says this means I'm getting used to the CI now, but I wonder if this means I will have to keep increasing the volume because all sounds will seem soft in future? (I mean, will I eventually be immune to loudness?) What happens when I reach the max volume available? Also I still find it very difficult to differentiate male and female voices in songs.. I'm afraid I'll never be a
  6. Hi Guys, If you are unilateral or have had normal hearing in the past before being hit with hearing loss, how would you compare the sounds that you hear with the CI now? https://auditoryneuroscience.com/prosthetics/music Came across this link as well as a few others, the CI versions are usually either robotic or lacks melody. Is this common? Or is this just how older implants were like? Thanks
  7. Hi everyone, As mentioned in another post, I was actually given a remote with volumes from 6-10. I felt fine with staying at 6 so I didn’t increase, but after some tests, my audiologists told me I needed to increase the volume as I was not hearing all the sounds. Mapping has been shifted to end July. I am currently at volume 10 which is the loudest my audiologist has set for me so far, and i'm panicking because I cannot really hear speech in an open area/large room. I can hear that someone is talking, but I have no idea what they're saying. In a small office, I can hear the pers
  8. @Kara of Canada Thanks I just got back from the audiologist and speech therapy. I was actually given a remote with volumes from 6-10. I felt fine with staying at 6 so I didn’t increase, but today after some tests, my audiologists told me I needed to increase the volume as I was not hearing all the sounds. Mapping has been shifted to end July. Also I can’t rly differentiate male and female voices in songs, as well as when I whistled I only hear the air sound but not the whistle sound. Did more beeping test, and we found that 2000Hz to be a low sound for me. Audiologists says it migh
  9. Hi @Kara of Canada that's good to hear! It's been almost, (1 day more) to a week since switch on. I'm hearing relatively well, speech is sounding more normal now, and sometimes I can even hear through rooms without lipreading! It's magical. The quality of sound right now i'm hearing is about the same as the time when my hearing was Profound range and HAs did not help, and had to use the FM system. It sounds "echo-y" like the FM system. Not sure if that's supposed to be like that or what lol. I also tried singing last night. I listened to Sam Smith's too good at goodbyes for the 1st time
  10. @Mary Beth Thanks for the info I'm currently using my HA batteries. The hospital gave me a box of implant batteries too, not sure if there's any difference? Day 4: I heard birds this morning! I think I might have had hearing loss all my life, i'm not sure actually. Mild hearing loss on the left side was detected when I was 7, and the right side started dropping when I was 14. Strangely for the 14 years of "normal hearing", I never heard birds in a group, all at once. They sound a bit like alien birds tho. Haha.
  11. I wonder if anyone experiences beeping when walking through those electro-magnetic lock doors? The type where you have to press a switch to unlock, and it locks back on contact. I wonder if it affects? The lock is quite high up and i'm quite short.. I heard a beep just now walking under, but not sure if it beeped because of the magnet, or because of my automatic program change which is based on the surrounding. I also just ran out of batteries... so two 675 batteries lasts me around 29 hours of use. Oh man..
  12. @stranger Maybe its because of the environment? I believe gyms are much noisier compared to a small office with less than 10 staff. Yesterday I couldn't hear background music at home, but I heard the ceiling fan cranking for the first time. Mum said it was cranking since long ago but I just didn't hear it lol. With the cranking, I coudn't hear the background music.
  13. Thanks everyone @stranger I don’t know either, but now when I hear that metallic sound, I associate it with keys, and surprisingly got it right. It’s quite similar to how it used to sound, but also quite different. I dont know how to explain lol. My next and first mapping will be this coming Monday. I’m at work now, and can hear the mouse clickings and typings in office, just found out there’s even background music playing. I’m enjoying every bit haha.
  14. @Mary Beth @Mary Featherston Thanks, that’s great to know Day 3, my head still rings when I put on the processor. Think I need few hours to get used to it before the ringing stops. I can’t really differentiate singers, they all sound the same to me.. some parts of the songs seem to go really soft, and then back loud again. Not sure if this is because they sang too high or too low, out of my audible range, or is it literally just diminuendo. Oh, I heard keys jingling, they sound really metallic and high. Plastic and paper sounds annoying, but I ain’t complaining I sound d
  15. @Mary Beth Thanks for the information Previously I only used a drying beaker for my HAs, so this electric dryer thing is very new to me haha. @stranger That's interesting! I guess different makers have different storage instructions haha. My processor uses non-rechargeable batteries, I think i'm going to go broke as batteries seem to run out much faster than HAs :/ @Jewel Yes, I am happy and surprised too! A lot of people prayed for me, it must've worked Honestly i'm happy and scared at the same time because it feels too good to be true, and now, I'm afraid to lose this newfound h
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