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    Joan got a reaction from Valentin in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Valentin 
    @Mary Beth
    i just concluded my experiment of charging just one Rondo2 per night on the portable charger. I got EIGHT nights of charging, leaving the charging pad plugged in to the portable charger eight to nine hours per night...double what I got when charging two Rondo2s simultaneously! 
    This portable charger is great! I would highly recommend every Rondo2 user have one...for travel, for camping, for power outages or other emergencies, etc. 
    Thank you Mary Beth for leading me to it!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Making sure we have a person to help if needed   
    @Mary Beth This is a great suggestion and the video was very much appreciated by my family. While I, too, hope it will never be needed, it’s certainly reassuring to know I’ll have help if I should  ever need it. Thanks very much!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    The Artone TVB is a truly amazing piece of technology! Such incredible, clear sound from such a small (2.25”x2.25”), very lightweight and inexpensive device. I live in an apartment and there is absolutely no change in the sound quality no matter where I am within my apartment, including outside on my deck. In a word....wow!!
    Thank you so very much @Mary Beth for making me aware of this amazing device and helping me test it!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Valentin 
    @Mary Beth
    i just concluded my experiment of charging just one Rondo2 per night on the portable charger. I got EIGHT nights of charging, leaving the charging pad plugged in to the portable charger eight to nine hours per night...double what I got when charging two Rondo2s simultaneously! 
    This portable charger is great! I would highly recommend every Rondo2 user have one...for travel, for camping, for power outages or other emergencies, etc. 
    Thank you Mary Beth for leading me to it!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am thankful to Med-El for....   
    @Mary Beth We are...and I love it!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am thankful to Med-El for....   
    @Mary Featherston
    I live in a senior community that has over 425 residents and I am the only one with CIs! Lots and lots of hearing aids around here though! Just this week, I was contacted by another resident who was recently told by her ENT she needed to consider CIs. She really didn’t even understand exactly what they are and, like the lady you met, was very nervous. My comments to her were identical to yours...it takes serious commitment but the rewards cannot be understated.
    I’m loving this journey too...with many thanks to Med-El!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am thankful to Med-El for....   
    I’m so very thankful for all the same reasons @Mary Beth listed, plus.....
        How much my bilateral hearing has improved the quality of my life
        That my age (72 when implanted) was not a deterrent to receiving my implants
        That, at the time of my implants (both in 2014), Med-El’s implant was the only one FDA approved for MRIs (which are an ongoing medical necessity for me)
        That my implants coincided with a grandchild’s first birthday and I’ve always been able to understand conversations with her since her first words...something I was unable to do with two older grandchildren
    I offer very grateful thanks to Med-El for my new hearing, my new friends...for bringing my life to life!😊
     
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    Joan got a reaction from Valentin in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    @Valentin
    Starting with a fully charged Anker PowerCore 10400  portable charger which has 2 USB ports (charging was completed early in the day of the first night I began using it), I was able to charge both of my Rondo2s 4 consecutive nights. Since the charger stays on until the Rondo2 air pads are disconnected In the morning, it was on 34 hours during those charges. I attempted a fifth charge but the portable charger completely depleted after about two hours.
    Being bilateral, I am beyond pleased with the capability of this portable charger! Not only is it very reassuring to know I will now have charging capabilities for my Rondo2s in the event of any future power outages, it is small and will “travel” very easily, making Rondo2 charging easily possible anywhere I might be.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    Thanks for suggesting such a great power pack! Especially after my recent experience with multiple power outages within a three week period,  I strongly recommend every Rondo2 user have a backup non-electrical power source for charging their processors. This power pack definitely meets that need!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Valentin
    To see if the number of overnight charges will differ with only one air charger plugged in, I will do another “experiment” with the power pack charging only one processor with it each night. I’ll let you know how many overnight uses I get doing that. Hopefully it will be even more than four!
     
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    @Valentin
    Starting with a fully charged Anker PowerCore 10400  portable charger which has 2 USB ports (charging was completed early in the day of the first night I began using it), I was able to charge both of my Rondo2s 4 consecutive nights. Since the charger stays on until the Rondo2 air pads are disconnected In the morning, it was on 34 hours during those charges. I attempted a fifth charge but the portable charger completely depleted after about two hours.
    Being bilateral, I am beyond pleased with the capability of this portable charger! Not only is it very reassuring to know I will now have charging capabilities for my Rondo2s in the event of any future power outages, it is small and will “travel” very easily, making Rondo2 charging easily possible anywhere I might be.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    It certainly was a quick fix! I’m a happy camper!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    @MED-EL Moderator
     
    Regarding the “ticking” issue in the t-coil which I experienced during the recent activation of my Rondo2s (see my earlier posting in this topic), I’m very pleased that the issue was addressed and successfully resolved very promptly by Med-El and my audiologist. Although I do not know the technical aspects of either the problem or the “fix”, my audiologist has applied the fix to my processors and the ticking is now gone.
    To any other Rondo2 user who may be experiencing a similar issue with the t-coil, I suggest you contact your audiologist to have the fix applied to your processor(s).
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Insurance - USA issue   
    @treesrd1896
    Medicare supplement plans can vary as to their coverage. Just be certain your clinic accepts Medicare. Best of luck!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone 3 Max   
    @Jewel That’s awesome! 😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone 3 Max   
    @iHM24
    @Mary Beth
    No question...I love mine!
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    Joan got a reaction from Jewel in Insurance - USA issue   
    @Jdashiell
    @Mary Beth
    I live in California and have been on Medicare, with an Anthem Blue Cross Supplement, throughout my CI journey. Since Medicare is my primary coverage, they pay their percentage of their approved rate first and my supplemental insurance pays the balance. I believe the breakdown is 80% Medicare and 20% Anthem Blue Cross but I’m not certain.
    All my costs have been fully covered by these two coverages: surgeries, processors, MAPpings, batteries, and, most recently, my upgrades. I have not paid any out of pocket expenses related to my CIs (I’m bilateral: first 02/2014; second 09/2014).
    i believe you would would be faced with out of pocket expenses only if you did not have a Medicare supplement, or if your supplement plan was in some way restrictive.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Insurance - USA issue   
    @Jdashiell
    You’re very welcome. I hope it’s helpful and somewhat reassuring as you approach Medicare. Good luck!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Insurance - USA issue   
    @Jdashiell
    @Mary Beth
    I live in California and have been on Medicare, with an Anthem Blue Cross Supplement, throughout my CI journey. Since Medicare is my primary coverage, they pay their percentage of their approved rate first and my supplemental insurance pays the balance. I believe the breakdown is 80% Medicare and 20% Anthem Blue Cross but I’m not certain.
    All my costs have been fully covered by these two coverages: surgeries, processors, MAPpings, batteries, and, most recently, my upgrades. I have not paid any out of pocket expenses related to my CIs (I’m bilateral: first 02/2014; second 09/2014).
    i believe you would would be faced with out of pocket expenses only if you did not have a Medicare supplement, or if your supplement plan was in some way restrictive.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    @Valentin
    i haven’t forgotten the test I’m going to do with the portable charger...it will just have wait a week or so. I sent my processors to my audiologist for a fix to the ticking issue but she’s away from her office til Friday. I’ll test it as soon as I get them back and let you know the results.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Jdashiell Clever of you to discover the clicking problem with your Sonnet. Nice going! As you know, the Rondo2 doesn’t have a removable battery (by the user, at least), so there’s no option to change to disposable batteries. However, I just heard back from my audiologist that she thinks the cause of the ticking in my Rondo2 t-coil has been resolved and she will install a fix for me later this week. I hope she’s right! 
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth
    @Valentin
    i will test this out sometime in the coming week. I’m curious too!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Valentin Although I rarely travel now, the battery life is a concern I have too. I have just purchased a portable charger and plan to try it with my Rondo2 chargers. I’ve never used one (and I’m definitely not tech savvy!) but I’m hoping it will prove useful in such situations.
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    Joan reacted to Valentin in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    Thank you Joan, I continue with Rondo,  reading a lot of the experiences of other users with new one... Perhaps when it's time to upgrade, It could be Rondo 3 🙂
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth You may not know the tech requirements of BT streaming, but you nailed it with the obstacles that need to be addressed! I, too, hope there are some knowledgeable members who will jump in on this.
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