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    Renachelw got a reaction from phobos512 in I am so scared please help.   
    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 whether I could hear instantly after switch on, at first everyone sounded squeaky and there were alien sounds. But I rmb trying not to look at my audiologist and could make out few words back then on the same day. After a few hours, I could recognise more words. It's not the same for everyone tho. Have been told mine was rly fast. Maybe it's because I'm young too? 😅  Was hearing and understanding speech within the week or so.
    But of course, in early days, there were still problems like differentiating male and female voices over audio. Its much better now but certain high pitch singers can still get me confused at times. Another problem was kids. Kids are still a little difficult to hear, but have been told by hearing people that sometimes it's that way for them as well. They can't really hear kids and mostly just guess what they're saying? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Then there's also the difficulty in using landline phones. It's a lot harder than using handphones for calls. Although I can stream calls from my mobile to my CI with a streamer, I still use a flathead earpiece to stick onto my processor (mines single unit, smth like the Rondo.) I can also hear quite well if I hold the phone to my processor like normal. Just that accuracy is not 100% and if the background is noisy it's still very difficult. 
    Anyway, before panicking, best to check with your doctor if you're a candidate for CIs first. Some people might not even be able to do the CI depending on the scans/condition. Best to check to avoid any potential disappointment. 
    Overall, I have no regrets doing the CI and it has made my life a lot better. Dating is now possible too 😅 
    All the best, I hope this works out for you too
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Megan L. in I am so scared please help.   
    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 whether I could hear instantly after switch on, at first everyone sounded squeaky and there were alien sounds. But I rmb trying not to look at my audiologist and could make out few words back then on the same day. After a few hours, I could recognise more words. It's not the same for everyone tho. Have been told mine was rly fast. Maybe it's because I'm young too? 😅  Was hearing and understanding speech within the week or so.
    But of course, in early days, there were still problems like differentiating male and female voices over audio. Its much better now but certain high pitch singers can still get me confused at times. Another problem was kids. Kids are still a little difficult to hear, but have been told by hearing people that sometimes it's that way for them as well. They can't really hear kids and mostly just guess what they're saying? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Then there's also the difficulty in using landline phones. It's a lot harder than using handphones for calls. Although I can stream calls from my mobile to my CI with a streamer, I still use a flathead earpiece to stick onto my processor (mines single unit, smth like the Rondo.) I can also hear quite well if I hold the phone to my processor like normal. Just that accuracy is not 100% and if the background is noisy it's still very difficult. 
    Anyway, before panicking, best to check with your doctor if you're a candidate for CIs first. Some people might not even be able to do the CI depending on the scans/condition. Best to check to avoid any potential disappointment. 
    Overall, I have no regrets doing the CI and it has made my life a lot better. Dating is now possible too 😅 
    All the best, I hope this works out for you too
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am so scared please help.   
    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 whether I could hear instantly after switch on, at first everyone sounded squeaky and there were alien sounds. But I rmb trying not to look at my audiologist and could make out few words back then on the same day. After a few hours, I could recognise more words. It's not the same for everyone tho. Have been told mine was rly fast. Maybe it's because I'm young too? 😅  Was hearing and understanding speech within the week or so.
    But of course, in early days, there were still problems like differentiating male and female voices over audio. Its much better now but certain high pitch singers can still get me confused at times. Another problem was kids. Kids are still a little difficult to hear, but have been told by hearing people that sometimes it's that way for them as well. They can't really hear kids and mostly just guess what they're saying? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Then there's also the difficulty in using landline phones. It's a lot harder than using handphones for calls. Although I can stream calls from my mobile to my CI with a streamer, I still use a flathead earpiece to stick onto my processor (mines single unit, smth like the Rondo.) I can also hear quite well if I hold the phone to my processor like normal. Just that accuracy is not 100% and if the background is noisy it's still very difficult. 
    Anyway, before panicking, best to check with your doctor if you're a candidate for CIs first. Some people might not even be able to do the CI depending on the scans/condition. Best to check to avoid any potential disappointment. 
    Overall, I have no regrets doing the CI and it has made my life a lot better. Dating is now possible too 😅 
    All the best, I hope this works out for you too
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Kylie in I am so scared please help.   
    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 whether I could hear instantly after switch on, at first everyone sounded squeaky and there were alien sounds. But I rmb trying not to look at my audiologist and could make out few words back then on the same day. After a few hours, I could recognise more words. It's not the same for everyone tho. Have been told mine was rly fast. Maybe it's because I'm young too? 😅  Was hearing and understanding speech within the week or so.
    But of course, in early days, there were still problems like differentiating male and female voices over audio. Its much better now but certain high pitch singers can still get me confused at times. Another problem was kids. Kids are still a little difficult to hear, but have been told by hearing people that sometimes it's that way for them as well. They can't really hear kids and mostly just guess what they're saying? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Then there's also the difficulty in using landline phones. It's a lot harder than using handphones for calls. Although I can stream calls from my mobile to my CI with a streamer, I still use a flathead earpiece to stick onto my processor (mines single unit, smth like the Rondo.) I can also hear quite well if I hold the phone to my processor like normal. Just that accuracy is not 100% and if the background is noisy it's still very difficult. 
    Anyway, before panicking, best to check with your doctor if you're a candidate for CIs first. Some people might not even be able to do the CI depending on the scans/condition. Best to check to avoid any potential disappointment. 
    Overall, I have no regrets doing the CI and it has made my life a lot better. Dating is now possible too 😅 
    All the best, I hope this works out for you too
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    Renachelw got a reaction from sassychele02 in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    @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.
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    Renachelw reacted to Mary Beth in Normal hearing vs CI hearing.   
    @Renachelw
    I had normal hearing in both ears until age 13.  So I have heard with normal acoustical ears, hearing aids and now with cochlear implants.  
    I have never found a CI simulation that even comes close to how I hear with my CIs.  I think the simulations all sound robotic and lacking in full tones.  
    Voices and music sound wonderful to me now.  I can tell when a familiar person’s voice is off due to a cold.  I hear various accents.  The return of music to my life has been one of the most wonderful gifts of this journey.  However for me, music (especially musical pitch) took longer than speech or even speech in noise.  I trained musical pitch and it helped a lot.
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    Renachelw reacted to Daniel the Stranger in Normal hearing vs CI hearing.   
    Hi @Renachelw, I never had normal hearing. I also didn't listen to the link but I know for sure in my first month post activation that music does not sound robotic nor lack melody. I can say I'm enjoying it the same way I used to with my HAs.
    I'm not saying that music is perfect, nor that I'm hearing music the same way than before but it is definitely heaps better than what I expected according to other people experiences.
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    Renachelw reacted to Mary Featherston in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Sorry about that last response, it's the issue I've had before and I couldn't get my cursor out of the blue box.  Anyway - yes, @Renachelw - being able to hear the voices but not understand is normal.  It will improve, just keep listening and doing your rehab!  It will get better!
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in Newhearing   
    @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 might be because one of the electrodes are not suitable or smth along those lines, but since it’s still early days, we’ll give it a month before returning back for mapping. So for now, no changes. 
    My speech therapist and audiologist says that so far I’m progressing well, so we do not need to meet until end July. Meanwhile, I have to try to train my brain, especially for those words I can’t hear during rehab. I also have to switch of my hearing aid and use only the implant from now on, to train my brain faster, they said. 
    Thats all for today  
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    Renachelw reacted to Kara of Canada in Newhearing   
    @Renachelw I was going to say that too. My new ear still sounds off. Sounds like people have cotton in their mouth. Which I am starting to notice is going away slowly. So yes it takes time. The more you practice the better things will sound. Music I’d don’t push till month two or three. It took a long time the first round for it to sound good. But I had to listen and re-listen to get it sounding good. So chin up you are well on your way. 
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    Renachelw reacted to Kara of Canada in Newhearing   
    Wow been a wile since an update. So hearing is coming along well with two implants now. I just had my one month mapping and it was amazing. My first ear the right one is preforming the same. Which I wasn’t sure. Since the second one was turned one it was feeling as thought it was hindering the first. But it wasn’t. As for the second it is catching up rapidly. It’s at 48% already! With the two together in a quiet setting it’s at 90% in a noise setting they’re at 74%. So I couldn’t be happier. Even though speech isn’t sounding normal it is there! So I have to keep up my good work as my Audi said and don’t change anything! So onward with audiobooks it is! How are things @Mary Featherston? @Renachelw And @stranger? Or @Dave in Pittsburgh  been a awhile. 
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Jewel in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    @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.
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Jewel in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    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.
     
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Mary Beth in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    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.
     
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    @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. 
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Megan L. in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Thanks everyone  
    I’ve activated it. At first my audiologists sounded like demons, I think I’m gonna have nightmares tonight haha. 
    Surprisingly, after a while they sounded more like humans. Everything still sounds squeaky tho, but I’m able to hear much more than I could with hearing aids. 
    I actually tried not lipreading my audiologists and managed to make out a few sentences. But now that I’ve left the room, with background noise, everyone sounds squeaky again.
    Hope it will get better and I’m so glad I did this surgery. Fingers crossed  
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Mary Featherston in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Yup. Thanks everyone  
    Day 2, as soon as I put on the implant, for some strange reason my ears started ringing. I hope this is normal..?
    I can also hear parts of conversations from the backseat in a car without lipreading. This is life changing. I’m quite hopeful, and look forward to my first mapping soon!
    Btw, just curious, how do store your processors? I was given some electronic dryer. After taking the processors out, it feels quite warm. A little bit of heat should be no harm I’m guessing..? 
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    Renachelw reacted to Jewel in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    @Renachelw
    Well it's early days still. Be sure to check out the rehab section in this forum. Apparently there are lots of great stuff you can download to your mobile device for aural rehab. Have fun! 
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Jewel in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Thanks everyone  
    I’ve activated it. At first my audiologists sounded like demons, I think I’m gonna have nightmares tonight haha. 
    Surprisingly, after a while they sounded more like humans. Everything still sounds squeaky tho, but I’m able to hear much more than I could with hearing aids. 
    I actually tried not lipreading my audiologists and managed to make out a few sentences. But now that I’ve left the room, with background noise, everyone sounds squeaky again.
    Hope it will get better and I’m so glad I did this surgery. Fingers crossed  
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Thanks everyone  
    I’ve activated it. At first my audiologists sounded like demons, I think I’m gonna have nightmares tonight haha. 
    Surprisingly, after a while they sounded more like humans. Everything still sounds squeaky tho, but I’m able to hear much more than I could with hearing aids. 
    I actually tried not lipreading my audiologists and managed to make out a few sentences. But now that I’ve left the room, with background noise, everyone sounds squeaky again.
    Hope it will get better and I’m so glad I did this surgery. Fingers crossed  
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Mary Beth in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Thanks everyone  
    I’ve activated it. At first my audiologists sounded like demons, I think I’m gonna have nightmares tonight haha. 
    Surprisingly, after a while they sounded more like humans. Everything still sounds squeaky tho, but I’m able to hear much more than I could with hearing aids. 
    I actually tried not lipreading my audiologists and managed to make out a few sentences. But now that I’ve left the room, with background noise, everyone sounds squeaky again.
    Hope it will get better and I’m so glad I did this surgery. Fingers crossed  
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Kara of Canada in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Hi everyone, thank you so much for your replies! I survived the surgery. They gave me some IV and I knocked out even before they gave me the anesthesia gas  Before I knew it, I was in the waiting room already. Throat has a little bit of bleeding from the intubation, but otherwise all’s good and will be able to go home today  

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    Renachelw reacted to Daniel the Stranger in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    @Megan L. I agree with everything you said. I'm at the waiting moment, still 1.5 weeks to go for activation and it seems like ages lol.
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    Renachelw got a reaction from Megan L. in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Hi everyone, thank you so much for your replies! I survived the surgery. They gave me some IV and I knocked out even before they gave me the anesthesia gas  Before I knew it, I was in the waiting room already. Throat has a little bit of bleeding from the intubation, but otherwise all’s good and will be able to go home today  

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    Renachelw got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in CI Surgery on 14th May.   
    Hi everyone, thank you so much for your replies! I survived the surgery. They gave me some IV and I knocked out even before they gave me the anesthesia gas  Before I knew it, I was in the waiting room already. Throat has a little bit of bleeding from the intubation, but otherwise all’s good and will be able to go home today  

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