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Mary Featherston

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Mary Featherston last won the day on January 18

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    Candidate for a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Bilateral implant
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  1. @Tracey_66 I had a CT scan of my head, a physical from my regular doctor to get approval for the surgery, and some pre-op hearing tests from my CI audiologist. Some people, if I recall correctly, also get things like balance tests in case of vertigo, but I didn't have that.
  2. Just this morning I was sitting in my manager's office - we were talking about a project we're working on that involves some of the people who sit in cubes outside his office. Bob started speaking very quietly so that the others couldn't overhear and I was able to hear him well AND lower my own voice appropriately. Amazing.
  3. I'll be in Durham in late March - early April. Looking forward to it!
  4. This. I had no idea how much of an impact this would have, but it's been astounding. When we first started discussing this, I was worried about coverage (I shouldn't have, my company provides excellent medical) and my husband suggested that if insurance didn't cover it, I should do it anyway and we'd find a way to pay for it. I looked at him like he was crazy, but now? Not, knowing what I know, I'd take out a second mortgage if I had to in order to get CIs.
  5. I had been going to an audiologist who basically just upgraded my hearing aids every time I needed them replaced. CIs really weren't on my radar, even though as the years went by, the hearing aids helped less and less. I thought I was managing fairly well, but (and this is hard to describe) even though I thought I did OK at work and whatnot I also knew I had a serious problem. But no one had ever spoken to me about CIs. Finally my audiologist went out of network and I had to go to someone else, and that person tested my hearing, gave a slight scream when she saw the resulting audiogram, and said, Look, you are a candidate for CIs. Go see Dr H at the University of Minnesota. And I did, and within a couple of months I was having surgery. I didn't hesitate.
  6. @Mary Beth exactly. I never stop being amazed at what I can hear with my CIs.
  7. That's great, @Marion nancy!
  8. We were out at our new house today - we haven't moved in yet, we keep finding things the previous owners did badly and wanting to fix them. Today my husband decided that we needed an electrical outlet in the mudroom, and he also wanted a switch to control the garage lights, because the switches in the garage aren't by the door. So he connected the switch to the garage lights and also connected it to one of the outlets, and put a nightlight in that outlet (shaped like a rubber duckie, we are just SO classy) so that if the duck is lit up, we know we left the lights on in the garage and can switch them off. But it involved pushing a wire from the basement up through the wall, so he asked me to stand there by the hole in the mudroom wall, wait for the wire, and pull it out. So I was standing there and he spoke to me - through the hole in the wall, from the basement. And I heard him. I mean, we were talking. It was amazing.
  9. They have sales a lot. It's fun, though, you can use your own photos to make your skins. Mine are a picture of Stonehenge on my left CI and a sunset behind a tree on my right.
  10. Happy New Year, everyone! A year of hearing and, as Mary Beth said, WOW moments!
  11. @DncTchr2 good luck! I have had tinnitus since I was 15. It's still there - right after surgery it was a bit louder but that receded and now it's at a lower volume. I don't hear it at all when I have other sounds through my processors but at night it's still there. I'm used to it, it doesn't bother me. You're at the beginning of an amazing journey -best of luck!
  12. I went to a Meetup. Or a Mingle. I forget. There were about ten people there, quite a few of whom I remembered from here or the Facebook group. It was fun!
  13. Sorry, I'm still switching back and forth between the old house and the new house. I have an old laptop at the new house, where I stay during the workweek, but it doesn't have my HearPeers cookies or password saved, and I didn't remember it. I'm going to email it to myself. Anyway, yes, I have Rondo2s. I was lucky enough to fall into the promotion here in the US so I actually have Sonnets as well. Due to the background noise at work I tend to use my Sonnets there, but I really love to be able to switch to the Rondo2s in the evening and give my ears a break. The sound is excellent. How is your rehab going, @Nischal Koirala?
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