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Al West

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About Al West

  • Rank
    Newbie
  • Birthday 06/03/1933

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  • Gender
    Male

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
  • Implant Period
    1-2 years
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Unilateral implant
  • Country
    United States

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  1. I'm from Corvallis, Oregon. Implanted right ear June 2017, Synchrony, Sonnet, Quattro Q-4 (wish I had taken Roger Pen).
  2. You ladies have conversations that I envy but do not follow well - maybe it's just age (85) but probably not. I probably need to get an Artone neck loop as advised by Mary Beth. Right now I'm using Clear Sounds products for TV and other listening. I'm limited to just one CI my other is still working well enough to use a hearing aid. I'm hoping to find a combination of Sonnet and HA that are compatible together and build ALD's that will work well together. On another topic, I recently tried a LACE self-help program but find it very difficult. Med-El's program serves its purpose very well (
  3. My HA has a telecom. I hope to get some ALD help. Phonak seems to be a good source. I"m working with a different audiologist and hope to find an HA that will be powerful enough. The new Phonak Marvel doesn't current have enough power but is rumered to have something pending. Thanks for your response. I've read about your recent trip - Congratulations! You are very deserving of praise.
  4. Al West Corvallis, Oregon Med-El Synchrony Processor: Sonnet (also hearing aid) 2nd implant deemed too risky; because I have CI & HA, any challenge (such as a phone call) I panic wondering what buttons to push.
  5. A post by Ivana Marinac (stream2525) gave me a rather unusual wow moment. The reference to our brain's neuroplasticity gives me the impetus to continue on my path to a 2nd implant. Reference to the dying hearing cells that support a hearing did the trick. My wavering between fairly good hearing with my HA and going bilateral has ended (I hope). Others encourage me to stay wi what I have. This may be more understandable when considering my age - 85. Who knows what the future holds? I believe that the earlier the better to break into bilateral CI's. Will make this decision formal tomorrow (surge
  6. A post by Ivana Marinac (stream2525) gave me a rather unusual wow moment. The reference to our brain's neuroplasticity gives me the impetus to continue on my path to a 2nd implant. Reference to the dying hearing cells that support a hearing did the trick. My wavering between fairly good hearing with my HA and going bipolar has ended (I hope). Others encourage me to stay wi what I have. This may be more understandable when considering my age - 85. Who knows what the future holds? I believe that the earlier the better to break into bilateral CI's. Will make this decision formal tomorrow (surgery
  7. Hi J. Scott Bradley, You may have misunderstood the purpose of this website. We provide support for persons who need help with various facets of adapting to a fairly new technology for persons with hearing loss. You may need to address your questions to a hearing professional. I wish you luck in finding help in understanding the state of current technology.
  8. Hi Jess & welcome to our website. I'm quite new to having an implant - still learning. I've worn HA over 30 years, and at this time I'm viewing my (single) implant as a hedge against deafness. Having had several hospital visits recently, I've experienced negative understanding about hearing loss. You can be a great influence as you begin your career: by influence I mean spreading your understanding about how to deal with us folks. The numbers of people experiencing war, along with those suffering from various forms of dementia need the understanding that you already have. Here's
  9. Hi Jane, Welcome to this very valuable website. You have many who will be glad to help you with your learning experience. My implant surgery was on June 22, 2017, so I am also a newbie. Take some time to browse and you will see many helpful tips as well as personal experiences with implants. I've received helpful advice, such as "hang in there" (I'm a slow learner). Personal experiences very from immediate success upon activation to still getting the brain trained following various time periods. Best of luck to you. Persevere - this is my mantra. . . . . Al West
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