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Mary Featherston

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    Candidate for a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Heredity
  • 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. Just curious, why would you need earplugs or earmuffs? It won't damage hearing that you don't have. I'd be interested to know what your doctor says.
  2. @Jewel kind of a lot of hassle for me. I have two monitors that I keep centered on the desk and the phone's to the left, docking bay to the right. A bunch of clutter under them all. It would be easier just to use the laptop and not the docking bay and leave it open, but the other thing is that when I don't have to pay much attention to the screen I get up and walk in my office. It add to my daily steps and I can generally keep up and listen, but it definitely works better with the cell phone and neckloop.
  3. I haven't found it (captions) on the version we use at work. I tend not to call into the Teams call with my computer because it's a laptop in the docking bay and off to one side of my desk, so the speakers are under the lid of the computer and about three feet away. I call in separately with my desk phone or my cell phone/Artone neckloop.
  4. Well, right after that I had to ask him to repeat a name four times. 🙂 No context on names, you have to actually hear it.
  5. Somewhat similar to this. I have a coworker that I work closely with. I tend to try to start conversations, when we're in our respective offices, with skype. You know, I type, he types. But Brian is a slow typist and he doesn't really like it. Yesterday he called my office phone, and I knew it was him because we have caller ID. So I answered and said, Brian, you KNOW I'm not that comfortable on the phone! I never know if I will hear. His response? You CAN hear. I mean, sometimes he's wrong, but you know, mostly he's right.
  6. I listen to music in the car daily - always during my commute. Like Megan I have a decent sound system (Harman Kardon) and have not found it to be difficult. In fact it was one of my favorite bits of rehab, and I still love to listen. I definitely don't roll the windows down, though, or open the sunroof. The noise interferes with hearing the music.
  7. Sherri, I like them a lot but in my opinion they're not the best for all situations. I have Sonnets and Rondo2s. I wear the Sonnets at work, in restaurants - anywhere that I have to deal with significant background noise. When noise is too loud for me to hear the people I'm talking to I can change to Adaptive or reduce sensitivity. Having said that, though, my ears sit very close to my head and the Sonnets are pretty big. It doesn't bother me most of the time but once in a while I get a bit of soreness. Since COVID hit I've been wearing my Rondos a lot more, because we don't walk back into production areas as much, don't have in-person meetings, etc. Mostly I'm in my office, often with the door shut, and I can use either Sonnets or Rondos with my Artone neckloops for con calls.
  8. My audiologist wasn't expected back until June. I did have an appointment cancelled, but am not looking to reschedule it soon. I'm not at all comfortable with the idea of "reopening" for business yet. I plan to stay in my rural community where population density is low and I can easily maintain social distancing until this is much closer to over.
  9. @Steven Ulven Wow, I've never heard of turning on that soon. My incision was painful for a long time, but if you can find a way to get the processor off your ear, as @Mary Beth says, it would be cool to be hearing already. Maybe use your Rondo for a while? Also, if you're going to Mayo, do you live in Minnesota? I was implanted at the U of M.
  10. Both dates are fine for me. @Kirk S. we had the first meeting at 8:30 Central time, which was also 8:30 for Jewel in Jamaica, it was 9:30 for Mary Beth, and it was 8:30 (I think) PM for Kylie in Australia. So we can make it work, we don't have to make you get up at 4:00 am!
  11. That wasn't my experience, at a year in I was getting to a stable map, as @Mary Beth says. Can you turn the volume down with your Fine Tuner?
  12. That confirms what I'd been thinking too. Both my ears perform really well with CIs, though the worst one hardly got any sound for the last ten years prior to implantation.
  13. And by the way - big thanks to @Mary Beth for suggesting this. I would never have thought of it - I still tend to shy away from phone conferences. But it worked really, really well.
  14. @Mary Beth yes, the time zones made it interesting. When we signed off Kylie said good night and that she was heading off to bed! I had just finished breakfast before signing on.
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