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Mary Featherston

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  1. 23 hours ago, Jewel said:

    @Mary Featherston

    I only got one tether for the hairclip in my kit and it served me well for 1.5 years. I don't know how it just broke in two unexpectedly. 

    So I would have expected it to still be intact since I didn't mishandle it. I was hoping for something that is my hair colour so if people see it in my hair they don't go pull for it. 



    It floors me that people are that rude.  I'm almost afraid to ask - no package yet?

  2. 18 hours ago, Tracey_66 said:

    @Mary Featherston I live up in the mountains North of Malaga in Andalusia. Where have you been in Spain. 


    @Mary Beth will ask when the audiologist is available from Madrid. At the moment the speech therapist having to do it herself, and if she has problems she gets in touch via video link means or on her mobile.

    Um, many places, not including Malaga!  Let's see.  Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla.  Salamance.  Santiago de Compostela.  Vitoria, Bilbao.  Burgos.  In 1978 I was there with a couple of friends for December and into early January; we spent most of our time in Pais Vasco with a friend of one of my friends, and met all sorts of HIS friends and had a great time over the holidays.  Then in 1982 I went back and went on a driving trip with one of the people we'd met before and we went to Salamanca and the southern cities.

    I do like Spain.

  3. I broke one (one of the collar clip long ones) by catching it in the zipper to my travel case, and one of the short ones for hair clips by catching the clip on a table edge and pulling kind of hard (what, me lack patience?).  I don't really think either one counts against the tether because I abused them.  I've thought about this and am not sure - I mean, @Jewel - what is it that you don't like, the material?  The thing about that is that silicone is relatively strong and I like having a stretchy material.  I don't know what else you could use.  Urethane maybe, but I think it would stretch less.  A lot of people seem to put fishing line on the clips, and that would be fine if you can get a good knot and you don't mind the lack of stretch.

    Just musing over what else could be used....

  4. You all pretty much nailed it.  I've seen people complaining about how they don't work (or comparing them to hearing aids unfavorably) and always wonder if this is a person with a technical problem (like Joe had) or someone who just put on the processor and started complaining?  I had weeks of poor sound.  I have actually wondered whether some CI centers aren't doing all that well at outlining what happens after implantation.

  5. Huh.  I wouldn't think that I'd have to unpair it from one laptop to be able to use it with the other, is that what you're thinking, @Mary Beth?  I also have it paired to my phone, but I haven't used it in a while.  I discovered the MS Teams conference calls sound incredibly clear and easy to hear when I pair directly to my laptop.  We had a discussion today with, let's see, five or six active participants and I could hear everyone and jump in and actually make sense.  It was awesome.

  6. On 7/6/2020 at 5:50 PM, Mary Beth said:

    @Mary Featherston

    Someone else recently had trouble connecting their Artone to their laptop but it would connect to their phone and tablet.

    Does your Artone connect correctly to your phone or tablet or is it not connecting to any device right now?

    I've never connected it to a tablet, but it works with my phone.  I use it with my work laptop daily too.  It was at home, on my personal laptop (which has also worked in the past, so I don't know what was different).

  7. Since we're talking about Artone neckloops - I had a weird thing happen.  It wouldn't connect correctly to my laptop (no, this wasn't our chat).  The red and blue lights just carried on flashing and eventually I gave up.  Anyone seen that? 

  8. @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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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