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  1. That's ok, @Mary Beth knowing that I can have my other ear hearing almost at the same level of my first CI it makes me motivate more to move forward with the revision surgery.

    My cat? well I think he is taking it pretty well doesn't he? 😂


    On a serious note, he gets scared when tradies come to our house with big machines like the Tree stump machine from the tree removal company that came about a month ago. Sometimes he gets friendly with the tradies depending on their personalities, sometimes he is scared of them mostly when their voices are very strong. But it is not frequent, we are trying to do most of the things ourselves.

  2. Hi guys!

    Long time no see you! I have been quite busy, we have one staff less at work, we also bought an old house which needs lots of thing to make it up to date!

    I just wanted to share with you that my second implant hasn't been working as expected. Initial activation went well but 3 months after the last electrode had to be shutdown because it was giving me facial movement during testing. Then it happened to the electrode before the last one. On December my surgeon ordered a CT scan and we found that 2 these 2 electrodes were outside of the cochlea. To sum up, my CI has been moving a bit since surgery and now the third last electrode is in its way out too.

    Surgery has been scheduled for next Friday the 21st. 

    Please don't feel sad for me, I'm actually very happy and relieved that there is a solution and also knowing that the surgery is not a big deal. Surgeon said that all the prep has been done (drilling) so it is only a matter of removing the current CI and inserting the new one.

    I will keep you posted guys.

  3. On 10/18/2019 at 10:47 PM, Tutz67 said:

    Thanks Daniel - Surgery went really well. Dr Chawla is exceptional - I feel very fortunate to have been directed  to him.  Healing has been pretty good - a couple of dizzy days but that seems to have passed.  I get activated on Monday and hopefully that goes as good as the surgery.  

    I hope you had a nice activation. Who is your Audi by the way?

  4. Well as most of you have said above, each journey is unique, there is no way to compare one another.

    In my case, my Hearing Aid was useless a month after using my CI in my other ear.

    In regards to changing programming, well I use three programs: the everyday program, the noise program and the phone program. I generally use the everyday program all the time. In noisy situations I have to change it: English is not my first language which makes it harder still.

  5. 22 hours ago, Karen fudge said:

    Hello all,

    Today I had my activation for the Kanso ..  sort of what I expected but I left just hearing sort of static robotic sounds . I’s this what happens on the first day ? 


    Just curious.. when people speak it’s not a sentence the static/ robotic rhymes with them speaking if you know what i mean .





    Yes, that is normal. After a couple of days and mappings it will be improving. Hang in there!

  6. That's nice, I do something of sorts over here in Adelaide.

    My audiology Clinic schedule meetings along the year (3-4) something like that were they gather their patients and soon to be patients to different topics. I like to attend to give my part of the story and help people make decisions.

    I'm always the youngest one, and it feels weird seeing all these oldies surrounding me :D 

  7. 2 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    @Daniel the Stranger

    Directionality may be working well for me because my right and left CIs are very balanced.  I am sure that contributes to locating sounds accurately.  

    I am just amazed I can do it at all after spending 24 years with no hearing at all in my right ear ..... thus absolutely no ability to locate sound directionality.

    I hope things are going well for you.

    Things are going well @Mary Beth I can't complain, I'm really happy with my CIs.

    Communication at work has improved heaps and I'm not scared anymore to interact with students and staff. I don't forget that this is a long process, my Audiologist can't believe how patient and positive am I.

  8. On 2/12/2019 at 5:06 PM, Kylie said:

    My doctor said I can expect to take a week off work - my job is mostly office based, with some driving and large group meetings.

    When I do get my date, I will have to rearrange some work things (like training days that I facilitate). So far I am planning on returning to normal work after a week...

    Do you think this seems accurate, for those who have experienced the CI surgery?

    I took a week off from both surgeries. It would be fantastic to have the surgery on a Friday so you have 2 days more of recovery. My first one was on Friday but my second one was on Wednesday. 

  9. Thanks for your kind words @Mary Featherston, sometimes I wonder why people say I'm boring as we don't do much on weekends lol. I'm usually very tired on weekends, and perhaps this is why maybe I haven't done proper rehab since both CI activation. I'm mentally exhausted not because of the new implants but because I need to make more effort in my day to day job to be able to communicate with my coworkers. I can go to the gym after work but I don't want to do Rehab, go figure!

    I know at some point I will need to go to the public library and grab some ESL books with multimedia to practice the English language again. 

    Don't get me wrong, I'm still very happy with the way things are going with my CI and in that short period of time my communication has improved a lot. And music has been a blessing, I can tell you that I used to call my dad daily during my driving to work but now I only do it twice a week... I want to listen to music!




  10. Hi @Joseph

    English is my second language. I was first implanted 8 months ago and second implanted 3 months ago.

    My understanding of Spanish has improved a lot, I can talk much better on the phone and I have made progress understanding speech in music. I think I still have a long way to go.

    However with English the story is very different. I'm going to give more time (1 year with both sides) to make sure whether I have to go back to school to practice my listening and speaking skills. The conclusion I''m getting from this experience is that the English language I was taught while using my hearing aids was very different to the one I'm hearing with the implants. So in other words, I think I have to relearn my listening and my speaking as if I was a new English student. I have to say that English sounds much better with the implants.

    I have felt progress at my workplace but I feel they are still very small steps.

    Thanks @Mary Featherston for calling, writing these kind of experiences is helpful to give it a thought on what to do to improve our hearing. 

  11. On 1/20/2019 at 8:17 PM, Kylie said:

    I had quite a different experience with the team in Perth. I was not given a choice, just told that the device will be from med-el and was given a bunch of brochures etc about it.

    I'm not unhappy about this, especially after researching the alternatives, but it's curious that others have choices. 

    @Kylie, it is possible that they didn't give you a choice because you are going with Medicare? If so, I'm surprised that they didn't force you to go with Cochlear as it is an Australian company.

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