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Mary Featherston

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  1. @mgfiest I have a similar thing going on, though not exactly the same. For me, the TV sounds really clear. But music is taking a very long time. I just noticed this week that some songs that had been sounding tinny and weird are starting to sound better - I have heard individual voices or instruments well for some time, but it's taking my brain a while to sort out harmony and multiple voices/instruments. I think it's going to keep getting better!
  2. Hi, @Marlene and welcome! A lot will change in the first year - it's exciting! I'm glad you're regaining the ability to hear.
  3. One year ago, right now, I was in the OR having my second CI implanted. My life since then has changed immeasurably. My heartfelt thanks to Med-El, and also to the community here, which has been stalwart in support of all the implantees that wander in. https://hearinglisten.blogspot.com/
  4. Ha! That must have been cool. Now if you could just predict how long that last 13 minutes for the washer will last. I've seen my washer tell me 1 minute left for at least 15 minutes.
  5. @Mary Beth I wear jeans almost all the time and put the Fine Tuner in the jeans pocket. Once in a while I lean on a table and accidentally change a setting but I just reset. 🙂
  6. I put my Fine Tuner in my pocket. I have not had a need for it to be inside anything.
  7. @Mary Beth I love when I can have those hallway conversations with colleagues. Walking in opposite directions, little quiet jokey comments. Listening to music in the car, visiting with some people that I used to work with. Just being able to live a normal life again.
  8. Good for you, @Rick H! Let us know how it goes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I think I just stumbled on it while I was researching the three brands.
  12. @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!).
  13. @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!
  14. @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.
  15. @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.
  16. @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
  17. 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.
  18. This, exactly. The software that's used to map a CI is complex. There's a reason why CI audiologists are PhDs.
  19. @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.
  20. @pdk That's great, Peter! It's an incredible experience, isn't it!
  21. @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.
  22. The scarf is to secure the Sonnets - worked great, I hit about 35 mph and was jumping waves and bouncing all over.
  23. @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. 🙂
  24. @Jdashiell stay safe, Joe. @Mary Beth My first sound was my husband's CPAP machine.
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