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Mary Featherston

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  1. Good for you, @Rick H! Let us know how it goes.
  2. I had an appointment a week after activation, but you could schedule the appointments to accommodate your schedule. But I wouldn't leave it out! Use your CI, it's all good rehab.
  3. I had to decide on what I received - my clinic is a big one and my surgeon was experienced with all three brands so I was able to choose without worrying about that.
  4. I think I just stumbled on it while I was researching the three brands.
  5. @Rick H I don't often use my Roger devices or even my neckloop anymore. That may change but right now I'm putting my processors on in the morning and leaving them pretty much all day. Today we had a large meeting and I used the Fine Tuner to increase my volume, and that was sufficient for me to hear (which is astounding compared to a year ago!).
  6. @Rick H hello and welcome! I am a huge fan of MedEl and their customer service - they really support us. Hear Peers is part of that too, it builds a little community for us where we can all trade stories and ask questions. I was implanted last year. I have Sonnets and Rondo2s. I like them both for different reasons! I am hearing better all the time and just recently noticed another improvement in the way I hear music. I have farther to go, but am trusting the process and it gets better all the time. I would recommend MedEl without reservations but in fairness would report that a friend with AB loves music and gets a great deal of enjoyment from listening too. But she was implanted fifteen years ago and has had more time for rehab than I have! But if you want an off the ear processor AB is not an option for you, so we're back to MedEL!
  7. @Don Doherty hello and welcome! It's a small world, I have a friend who lives in Virginia Beach and teaches nursing at Sentara's program. When is your activation? That's when the fun really begins.
  8. @Sandy123 oh, that's a nice offer. I love Rondo2, it sounds great and is comfortable. I use my Sonnets at work because I'm often back in production where it's noisy and I like going to Adaptive then, but I'd use the Rondo2 otherwise.
  9. @GWNikki I don't see a forum on their website, but there is a hardware support section that might help: https://www.cochlear.com/us/en/home/ongoing-care-and-support/connect-with-us/request-for-information?utm_campaign=lg-b_all_adu_bau_bau_brand&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=cochlear americas&utm_content=dtc_cochlear-brand-americas&st-t=google&gclid=CjwKCAjwk93rBRBLEiwAcMapUf_9yM79-y2hZtMbcwZsZY1u9LpCoYK9buZuUBvxVE0HCLcOCcy1_xoC_6UQAvD_BwE
  10. Hey @Daniel the Stranger nice to see you. Or your cat, anyway. 🙂 I stopped using my hearing aid within a month of my first activation too. It was amazing, really, what used to be my primary way to hear was suddenly just a minor nuisance.
  11. This, exactly. The software that's used to map a CI is complex. There's a reason why CI audiologists are PhDs.
  12. @MaryGP usually, the more rehab you do, the better you'll hear. As Kylie mentioned, some people do loads of structured rehab - like Mary Beth. But keep in mind that every conversation you have, every meeting you go to, every commute spent listening to music - those are all helpful too. Just not structured and without a specific goal.
  13. @pdk That's great, Peter! It's an incredible experience, isn't it!
  14. @Kylie I agree with your audiologist - I rarely use my remote, I try to adjust to the situation. Noisy restaurants are my primary reason for using the remote.
  15. The scarf is to secure the Sonnets - worked great, I hit about 35 mph and was jumping waves and bouncing all over.
  16. @Jdashiell - oh, sorry, I thought that was more commonly known. He has sleep apnea. His sleep study showed that his sleep was interrupted by breathing cessations about once a minute, which clearly means he wasn't getting sufficient sleep and certainly no REM sleep. And I can tell you, he was one grumpy pain in the butt for a about a year. The CPAP (actually he just got a new machine, and they're called APAP now, but no one's heard that so I used the old terminology) is a device that helps apnea sufferers breathe at night. APAP stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure. Ron wears a mask over his nose that looks a bit like an anesthesia mask, and it connects to the machine with a tube, and the machine basically blows air into his nose so he doesn't stop breathing. The new machine is pretty cool, it can actually tell him how many sleep incidents (non-breathing incidents) he was, and it's gone from once a minute to one or two a night. It can also detect when his mask isn't sealed correctly, and once he got that fixed, his sleep incidents basically went away. It's nearly as cool as CIs, for a different health problem! He even brings it on vacation, his old CPAP has been to England and France. 🙂
  17. @Jdashiell stay safe, Joe. @Mary Beth My first sound was my husband's CPAP machine.
  18. I'm not sure how to answer. In late April I had my last scheduled mapping appointment after my second implant (so it was six months after the second activation). I probably would have gone back this summer, but my audiologist is on maternity leave and I chose to wait for her return. I have an appointment now in October. We can talk about frequency then. Also, see the baby pictures. 🙂
  19. @Mary Beth - no, I've completely lost the habit of going to the theatre. The last play I saw was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Guthrie - Patrick Stewart and Mercedes Ruehl. It was probably twenty years ago. Ah ha. Yes, nearly so. 2001. Someone needs to tell Jeff Daniels to take Atticus on the road and come to Minneapolis!
  20. @Mary Beth did you have tinnitus before the surgery? I've had it since, oh, about 1973, and it didn't change in either nature or volume after my implantations. I wish it had, but I'm so used to it by now it's not a big deal. I don't notice it much when I'm talking to people but it's always there, just more noticeable when there's no sound coming to my auditory nerve via the CIs. @Evren - sounds like you and your mother are doing great! I'm glad to hear it, we'll be interested to hear about your activations!
  21. @Mary Beth - yikes, that must have been frustrating. I'd love to see that play, I read about it in a magazine.
  22. Great, @Jewel! I'm looking forward to learning more about this.
  23. Great! I think it would be a good thing for people in Jamaica to have you to contact for advice.
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