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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in September HP Virtual Coffee Chat   
    I agree @Mary Beth. It was wonderful to chat with all of you! Looking forward to seeing everyone again next month.
    In the meantime, please stay safe and be well everyone!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in October HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    @Mary Beth....count me in!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in September HP Virtual Coffee Chat   
    @Mary Beth I’ll be there at 9(6):15!😊
     
    And yes, @Kirk S. the tour of the Tokyo skyline was great. Thanks!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Experience upgrading from Rondo to Rondo 2   
    @Mary Beth yes I did. I was told that if the Rondo2 was not turned off before being put on the charging pad it would still charge however that was not recommended because it would shorten the overall life of the battery. Med-El recommends the processor always be turned off before charging.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Great August HP Virtual Coffee Chat   
    A very enjoyable chat...thanks, everyone! Looking forward to seeing all of you next month. Stay safe and healthy!
     
    Thanks for all the links @Mary Beth!
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Great August HP Virtual Coffee Chat   
    We enjoyed a great virtual HP coffee chat today.  We had 10 members participate.
    @Kirk S.
    @Kylie
    @phobos512
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    @Joan
    @Mary Featherston
    @Tracey_66
    @Megan L.
    @Valentin
    @Mary Beth
     
    Great seeing everyone!  
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone TVB   
    @Mary Beth not too often. I watch very little tv during the day (and what I do watch I hear well enough without the TVB). When I am more likely to use the TVB is in the evening but, unfortunately, that’s the most likely time for the “phantom” EMI to suddenly occur making it impossible to use my telecoil. When I do use it, I love it though!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo 3!   
    @Tracey_66 as @Mary Beth mentioned, I live in an area of California that’s very susceptible to power outages and I upgraded to bilateral Rondo2s last year. I had the same concern about charging them without power. As a result, I purchased an Anker PowerCore 10400 portable power pack and it works great. It has two USB ports. I experimented with it and discovered I got four nights of charging two processors. Charging only one, I’m sure it would last six to eight nights. When fully charged but not in use, this power pack holds its charge a surprisingly long time. I last charged mine maybe three months ago and it still shows a full charge.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Calling all Rondo 2 users   
    @Sherri I’ve never worn Sonnets, only Rondos and Opus2s so I don’t think my opinion would be too helpful as far as processor comparisons go.
     
    But I can say I absolutely love not having a processor on my ear when wearing my Rondos! Having worn bilateral BTE h/a for some 50 years before getting implanted, I can’t begin to tell you how liberating that is! It’s so easy to forget I even have my Rondo2s on!  The Rondo2s are lighter and thinner than the Rondo1 and I love they have so many cover options. I especially like the “grey hair” one that matches my hair so well!😉
    Good luck with your upgrade. Either way you go, you’ll be getting an exceptional piece of technology!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Medicare Coverage Question   
    @Hal in Maryland as @Mary Beth mentioned, my experience with Medicare was an interesting one. Admittedly, I don’t know what Medicare decisions regarding CI implants are based on (aside from a candidate meeting their audiology requirements for eligibility), but I was fortunate that both of mine were covered.
     
    Very soon after my initial implant (covered by Medicare) in 2014, I queried my audiologist about getting my other ear implanted (both ears had been previously tested and both were eligible based on Medicare requirements of hearing loss). I was told that, to their knowledge, Medicare would cover only one implant, except in extenuating medical circumstances (which I did not have). Medicare did not “pre-approve” coverage of the implants and there would be no guarantee my second implant would be covered, so if I were to get a second implant I would have to first sign a guarantee I would pay all costs if Medicare didn’t. Those costs weren’t  something I would be able to cover, should the need arise. However, at a follow up appointment shortly after that discussion, my audiologist said the clinic had decided to ”test the waters” on that issue with Medicare (at the clinic’s expense if Medicare denied coverage). I was offered the opportunity to be their “test” case, their first Medicare patient to receive a second implant. Of course I jumped at that chance! And, as it turned out, Medicare did cover the cost of my second implant. 
     
    Please understand that this was just my (very fortunate) experience and I have no way of knowing how any other individual’s situation would be handled. I wish you good luck in pursuing your second implant and certainly hope it is approved!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Calling all Rondo 2 users   
    @Sherri Other than the fact I love mine(😊), what would you like to know? I’ve been a bilateral Rondo user for five and a half years, upgrading from Rondo1s to Rondo2s last October (2019). I also have Opus2s but very rarely wear them.
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    UPDATED
    Date for July!!!!!!
    Sunday July 5 !!!!!!!!
    9:30 New York time
    We welcome more HP members!  Anyone else want to join in?
    @Mary Beth YES
    @Jewel YES
    @Dave in Pittsburgh  YES
    @Kirk S. YES
    @Tracey_66 YES
    @Kylie YES
    @Mary Featherston YES
    @Valentin YES
    @Joan YES
    @Nikki YES
    @Megan L. YES
     
     
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    @Mary Beth Yes, thanks! 
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Rondo 2 processors charged then set aside for a week   
    You and many others @Joan!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo 2 processors charged then set aside for a week   
    @Mary Beth
    Love my Rondo2s!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo 2 processors charged then set aside for a week   
    @Mary Beth
    I recently switched from my Rondo2s to my Opus2s for a week.
    When I was ready to switch back to the Rondo2s, I put them on the air chargers the night before to recharge them. However, neither displayed the red charging light so I set them aside, assuming a malfunction that I would deal with in the morning.

    The next morning, without thinking about it, I put both Rondo2s on. Imagine my surprise when both were working just fine...this after having been stored away for an entire week and not having been recharged!
    I then wore them for 16 hours before removing them for the night and both were still active when removed. Amazing battery retention!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone neckloop, mic and TVB video review   
    @Mary Beth
    Your reviews are spot-on! My Artone neckloops (yes, I have more than one too!) are, by far, the most comfortable, easy-to-use of any neckloop I have ever used. I love them! The size (small!), quality, ease of use and low cost of all three of these Artone devices is truly incredible. 
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Artone neckloop, mic and TVB video review   
    I’ve been working on finding ways to share helpful info.  Trying to make things accessible, user friendly and easy to share with others.   This link has all my Artone reviews (pdf and video) in one place.   -Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop -Artone Mic -Artone TVB   I hope it is helpful.   http://www.handsonhearing.com/user-review-on-artone-3-max-bluetooth-neckloop/   Have a great weekend! Mary Beth
     
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone neckloop, mic and TVB video review   
    @Mary Beth
    Great job...and yes, I love mine too!!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Speech to text LiveTranscribe combined with remote mic   
    @Mary Beth
    Great video! Very informative and great job with the captions!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Jewel in A week in your life as a CI user   
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    @Mary Beth
    While I don’t know anything about the actual program my audiologist set up, what I have (as an additional program, used only when necessary) is a program that retains my levels of  “everyday” hearing in terms of voices, etc that I want to focus on but, at the same time, significantly reduces the extraneous, distracting background noises (such as in a restaurant or even in some stores). To achieve that, while she was doing the MAPping, my audiologist had me listen to a YouTube video (on her cellphone) designed to emulate a noisy bar/cocktail lounge. That allowed me to tell her what I was hearing, what was too distracting, etc and she was able to make the necessary adjustments in my program until we finally got it right. I’ve had several noise reduction programs over the years but I found listening to an actual noisy situation significantly helped her make more precise adjustments than previously. 
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in A week in your life as a CI user   
    @Dave in Pittsburgh Good luck! Just wish you didn’t have to wait til October!
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in A week in your life as a CI user   
    @Mary Beth
    It worked well!😊
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in A week in your life as a CI user   
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    @Mary Beth
    While I don’t know anything about the actual program my audiologist set up, what I have (as an additional program, used only when necessary) is a program that retains my levels of  “everyday” hearing in terms of voices, etc that I want to focus on but, at the same time, significantly reduces the extraneous, distracting background noises (such as in a restaurant or even in some stores). To achieve that, while she was doing the MAPping, my audiologist had me listen to a YouTube video (on her cellphone) designed to emulate a noisy bar/cocktail lounge. That allowed me to tell her what I was hearing, what was too distracting, etc and she was able to make the necessary adjustments in my program until we finally got it right. I’ve had several noise reduction programs over the years but I found listening to an actual noisy situation significantly helped her make more precise adjustments than previously. 
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Speech to text LiveTranscribe combined with remote mic   
    @pdk
    Test them both out when you are surrounded by live voices.  Let us know what you think. 
    I see live speech to text helping many people on their journeys.  Especially between surgery and activation. Or if facing the process of a reimplantation.
    My CIs have given me such awesome hearing,  I am so very thankful.
    But I remember very well how I felt before getting my CIs.  So frustrated.  So isolated.  I am always trying to find ways to help people who are facing that situation.  
     
    Hopefully for many it is a temporary situation that can be helped by getting CIs.
    For some it is a permanent situation.

    And there is no right or wrong.  Smile.  We vary greatly in our personal preferences for assistive tech.  I always enjoy testing things out and reading what others report.
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