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Mary Featherston

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  1. Bilateral here, with Sonnets and Rondo2s. Each morning I get up and do my shower and whatnot, have breakfast and then when I get dressed I put on the processors. I'd probably do it earlier but my husband doesn't get up when I do. I use Sonnets for work and usually don't change the program at all unless there's a lot of background noise and then I change from Omni to Adaptive. I wear my processors till I go to bed. Hearing has become my default condition again.
  2. Sounds great, Tracey! Heal up and soon it will be activation time.
  3. Sonnets, longer lasting rechargeable batteries. Rondo 2, dual mics.
  4. @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.
  5. 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.
  6. I'll be in Durham in late March - early April. Looking forward to it!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. @Mary Beth exactly. I never stop being amazed at what I can hear with my CIs.
  10. That's great, @Marion nancy!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Happy New Year, everyone! A year of hearing and, as Mary Beth said, WOW moments!
  14. @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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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?
  17. Hi Nischal, three days is very early indeed. Keep on listening and doing your rehab and your brain will sort it out.
  18. I'm lucky, neither of our current cats is interested in my CI stuff at all. Though Spike did once eat a hearing aid - he was younger then.
  19. Hi @Jewel! We had planned all along to take this winter to try to get the new house ready for us to move in. Once that's largely complete then Ron can complete some project and do a buff and shine of the old house before we sell it. I'm not having to deal with contractors - my husband is doing almost all of the work, the only thing we're hiring contractors for is to build an outbuilding at the new place. Ron has it all designed so as soon as it's warm enough to build in the spring we'll have it built. I wouldn't say that I'm more independent with my CIs - I always was, I'm stubborn that way. But I'm far more *successfully* independent. I can hear my flight announced, I can chat with the checkout person at the supermarket. When we're at the home improvement place I can talk to the people helping us. Week before last I went to the water treatment company and talked to a guy there about the best filtration systems to install at the house. I am contrary enough that I used to always TRY to do these things. Now I do them.
  20. The job's great, I'm glad I made the move. We are moving slowly. I've been staying in the new house during the work week because it's so much closer to work, but I only have a daybed and a bedside table, a kitchen table and one chair, and my treadmill. Oh, we did put a couple of chairs in the living room this week - they won't be there permanently, we'll move them later but it's nice to have a place to sit. Oh, and the fiber optic's hooked up and I have a TV in the room with the treadmill. But it's kind of weird with Ron in the other house, and the cats and 90% of my stuff. I live out of a suitcase. But from the standpoint of getting the house ready to move into, it really makes it easier to do the work that's needed. We are replacing some appliances (so far just the microwave and the range hood, they're both kind of icky) and putting in whole-house water filtration because it's well water and smells kind of sulphury. And painting some walls because the sellers had some really weird taste in paint colors - seriously, one of the kitchen walls was this weird color sort of in between a really dark, dry Burgundy and deep bruise. It was hideous. So we're painting and fixing odd things that we find, and one room we're going to put cedar plank wall in there and have a sort of cabin-y effect, I have some old wood XC skis and a pair of snowshoes and a set of canoe paddles that we'll put on the walls. Lots of work, but better to do it now before we put all our stuff in. BOOKSHELVES, we need to build a lot of bookshelves. Luckily my husband has serious handyman skills. 🙂 As for the town - it's nice, not too small, we have a home-improvement store and a good supermarket and a Target. Not too many choices of restaurants, but we'll be going into the city periodically for Costco runs and CI appointments and dental appointments and so forth because we want to keep all our healthcare providers, so we'll eat Thai and Middle Eastern and what not when we do that. We're loving the quiet and being out in the country.
  21. Last night I got my hair cut at a new place....part of the process of moving to another town. I explained to the woman who was going to cut my hair about my CIs and how I wanted my hair cut, and in the process knocked the magnet off my implant. She put it back on and I said, "hey, you got the magnet on the first try!" and we laughed. I figure the more comfortable she is around my CIs the better off we'll be.
  22. You have both covered it very well, @Mary Beth and @Joan! One day this week a woman in the supermarket asked me about my CIs. Her audiologist is suggesting that she will soon be a candidate and she's nervous. I told her that it's not like hearing aids, it takes commitment and application. But that more than anything else I can recall, my CIs have given me my life back. It really can't be understated. My thanks to Med-El for that. I'm loving this.
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