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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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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Save the dates: Meetup Opportunity in Niagara Falls in 2020   
    @Mary Beth
    Just registered!😊
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Speech to text LiveTranscribe combined with remote mic   
    People are loving LiveTranscribe.
    We tested it with the MyLink to provide the same level of accuracy even when the speaker is far away (wearing the mic).
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Speech to text LiveTranscribe combined with remote mic   
    @Mary Beth I have LiveTranscribe on my Android phone. I’ve used it without any connection to another device, just activated it on my phone, and have been surprised at how well it works. At a meeting with a speaker (who was using a microphone) it picked up everything he said.
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    Joan reacted to Jdashiell in Who has Rondo 2?   
    I have Rondo 1 and a Rondo 2 as well as Sonnets - which I tend to use more often - due to the 2 microphones and all that offers. I use the Rondos as back up processors.
    I really like the Rondo 2 simply from the recharge once over night - while I sleep. Then its useable ALL day long. The Rondo1 takes disposable batteries that only last a few days AND it takes 3 batteries.
    I use disposable battiest in my Sonnets too because I had an issue with the rechargeable battery frame on  1 Sonnet. 
    Despite trials and tribulations, I LOVE MY MEDEL processors and implants because they allow me to hear quite well. Without them I am deaf.  Thank you MedEl !!!!
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    The TVB is working so easily.  I leave the TVB on all the time (It is plugged in.). I turn the neckloop off when I charge it. Turn the neckloop back on when I want to use it.  It connects automatically.
     
    Very easy.
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    Joan got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    And as much as I do too!
    @Mary Beth
    @Stuman51
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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    Update!
     
    After testing out the TVB with @Joan on her TV, I ordered one right away for my home.  It arrived and works great!

    HOW TO AVOID AUDIO DELAY
    With Joan’s TV there is no audio delay with the TVB connected via the red and white audio out jacks.  On my TV there was a slight audio delay when connected with the red and white audio out jacks.  So I connected the TVB via the optical audio out (cable included in the TVB box).  No audio delay!
     
    TVB SWITCHES
    On the TVB there are two switches.  Keep one switch on TX (transmitter) so it sends the sound to our neckloops.
     
    The other switch depends on how we connect the TVB to the TV.  
    -If we use optical audio out, that switch needs to be set to SPDIF.
    -If we use the red and white audio out, that switch needs to be set to AUX.
    Once set up, we are good.  Set it and forget it.  Smile.
     
    PAIRING
    As stated previously, the directions to pair the TVB to the neckloop are not clear.  But fortunately it is quite easy to do.  To pair the TVB to a neckloop.....
    FIRST make sure the neckloop will not automatically pair to a previous device (like your phone).  I turned on my neckloop, let it automatically pair to my previous device (phone) and then went to BT settings on my phone and told the phone to forget the Artone.  Then turn off the Artone neckloop.  Repeat if the neckloop will automatically pair to other previous devices (like your iPad).  If you are using a new neckloop, you just skip this step.  (I have several Artone neckloops because I love them!  So I have set one specific neckloop aside to use with the TVB.  A sticker easily marks which neckloop is for the TVB.  This makes things easy for me because each neckloop automatically pairs with the device I want to use it with.)
     
    SECOND Turn on the TVB by pressing and holding the button down for 2 seconds.  Blue blinking light will start.
     
    THIRD Hold your neckloop close to the TVB.  Press and hold the neckloop button UNTIL the alternating red and blue flashing lights start.  Let go of the button BUT keep the neckloop close to the TVB.  You will see the blue blinking light on the TVB start blinking slower.  Just stay close and be patient.  Several seconds later (longer than you might anticipate) the red and blue flashing lights on the neckloop will stop and the neckloop will begin blinking blue.  You are all set!
     
    So far for me, my neckloop pairs automatically every time I turn it on.  BUT it does take the neckloop moments longer to pair with the TVB than my phone.  If I just give it those moments, it connects automatically.  Joan needs to re-pair her neckloop each time.  So this may vary.
     
    VOLUME
    We can change the volume while we are on MT (mix) or T (TVB only) two ways.  Our change in volume does not alter the volume of the TV for family/friends. It is our own personalized volume!
    1) Use the volume up/down controls on the Artone neckloop.
    2) Use our Fine Tuner volume controls.  (Remember to reset yourself later if you choose this option.)
     
    MUTE (3rd option to mute added)
    The mute function of the actual television WILL NOT mute sound through the TVB/neckloop set up. (So we can actually hear the TV perfectly fine while it is on MUTE for others.)  The pause button on the neckloop WILL NOT pause or mute sound through the TVB/neckloop set up.  BUT we do have three ways to mute sound while using the TVB/neckloop set up.
    1) Use the FineTuner to return to M
    2) Take off the neckloop
    3) Pause the TV
     
    Excellent sound quality.  No audio delay.  Works great as I move around and change rooms!
    This is a winner in my book.  
     
    @Hearing Again
    @Watersail
     
     

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    Joan reacted to Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    @Watersail
    You are welcome!  I can not tell you how cool it has been today to keep up with the game on TV even when cooking in the kitchen!  Sounds great!
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