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Mary Featherston

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  1. It's weird, though, because in my experience the Rondo2 brings me a little more sound than the Sonnets. @Dave in Pittsburgh, did your audiologist do a separate mapping for the Rondo2 or copy the Sonnet MAP over?
  2. @JCB glad you feel well! Activation is the start of it all!
  3. Thanks, @Mary Beth I will look for that app. I know I need some work on hearing in noise. Sometimes it's hard not to envy hearing people! -3.3 decibels! Wow. But I'm happy with my CIs. I was just thinking today how quickly the level of hearing I get with them became my new normal. 🙂
  4. @Karen fudge I never did receive a letter - my insurance considers CI implantation fully covered without pre-authorization. But my clinic did receive notification, which they request because they want to be sure of being paid, I'm sure. So then I asked the insurance company for a letter and they sent one.
  5. @Bindu there are bicycle helmets that unscrew in the back that I'm told work with CIs - you can adjust the diameter anyway, and then tighten it up enough to be safe. https://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-Traveler-Adult-Helmet-White/dp/B00BNFXS14/ref=sr_1_9?crid=3D0GWBHA6R50V&keywords=adjustable+bike+helmet+adult&qid=1559769172&s=gateway&sprefix=adjustable+bike+helmet%2Caps%2C369&sr=8-9 On that one it looks as though the adjustments are made to the suspension inside the protective foam, which actually might work okay - look at the third photo. But I have not tried it myself, so it's a suggestion and not a recommendation.
  6. I tell you what, this was the weirdest dang cold I can remember. The first four days (Memorial Day weekend, of course) were just sore throat, headache, and general achiness and fatigue. Then the sore throat went away, as did the headache, mostly, and my sinuses got congested and I developed a cough. It was the sinuses that made my CIs sound wrong. Now the sinuses seem to be clearing but the cough just won't go away. Sleeping through the night is nothing but a fond memory. But! I hear and understand, it just sounds odd. And I had jury duty today and could hear the judge and attorneys just fine.
  7. @Max@Chicago - if you are willing to consider coming to Minnesota, you might also consider the CI clinic at the University of Minnesota. My surgeon and audiologist there are both excellent.
  8. Thanks, @Mary Beth - it seems to be clearing up a bit (as is the cold).
  9. So, I've had a really nasty bug. It's kind of weird, the entirety of the congestion is in my sinuses - not the nose or the chest. But the sinuses are icky and there's a cough. And I've noticed that I'm not hearing well with my CIs. I can hear and I can mostly understand but it just doesn't sound as clear as it has been. Anyone had that experience?
  10. Good luck on your activation, @Lynn Agnes! That's when the fun starts. Right after my surgeries I wrapped my glasses earpieces in gauze - or actually, just ended up with this soft medical tape (Nexcare) (If I can make a plug for our products!) 🙂
  11. @Carolmarie I wonder if the reps observe surgeries to learn about the process? Rest up, hope you're feeling well.
  12. Yes, indeed, the first couple of weeks can be quite a ride. Buckle up - but you will soon begin to notice improvements! Have fun.
  13. @JohnL I was talking to a friend today. Her brother has made a friend of one of the soldiers who was part of the invasion at Juno Beach. He is taking this guy back for the 75th anniversary of the invasion. Harry will get to take part in the festivities and there will be flights of period fighter planes. They are making a particularly big deal this time because the farther we get from D-Day, the fewer veterans of the landings are still around to be part of it. I was really glad to hear that my friend's brother is taking this guy back to France so he can be there.
  14. A few years ago I read about a totally implanted hearing aid, but it also requires periodic surgery to replace the batteries - and the cost was prohibitive compared to regular hearing aids.
  15. @lizjlong your experience sounds remarkably like mine, except I started with hearing aids when I was fourteen. My primary memory about that (other than being helped by the hearing aid, I liked having it) was that the audiologist, who was a crusty old fart, at my first appointment couldn't figure out what to call me - clearly my name couldn't be Mary when I was wearing corduroy jeans and a button-up shirt. Sexist of him, no? Mom set him right straight. From there I had a succession of hearing aids that helped quite a lot at first - I got through college and my young adulthood without much angst. But as my hearing got progressively worse, the hearing aids were unable to keep up with my loss. What got me on the right path was my audiologist went out of network so I got a referral from my regular doctor. Well. The audiologist that he sent me to worked as a team with an ENT and after my hearing test they were both appalled that I hadn't already been evaluated for CIs. Apparently my previous audiologist was just mailing it in. So they gave me a referral to a CI audiologist and a surgeon who's an ENT and otoneurologist, and that was that. I haven't looked back, my CIs are awesome.
  16. @Karen fudge - honestly, I didn't choose my implant based on the processor that's available. I chose it based on the quality record that Med-El has, the fact that all their processors are backwards compatible with all their implants, and for MRI safety (though in that area the other manufacturers are catching up now. Also, Med-El has more options for electrode arrays. The thing is, you'll have multiple processors over the years, but your implant is in your head for a long time.
  17. I managed to catch a cold (figures, as I have a four-day weekend) so I'm sitting in a chair at the far end of my bedroom. The window is open and I can hear the birds in the trees outside. The wow part is that I'm at least sixteen feet from the window.
  18. Good luck! I thought about it all the time, as my hearing got progressively worse since - well, since birth. Getting my CIs was one of the best things that's happened to me.
  19. @Karen fudge if you don't mind, where are you located? I only ask because United Healthcare is local to me - their HQ is just up the road from where I work (for another week).
  20. @Valentin isn't that great? Hearing birds was one of my favorite things with CIs.
  21. Hi @Karen fudge - I have Rondo2s. I'm not terribly familiar with Kanso, but I *think* but am not sure that the Rondo2 is a bit slimmer. I know it's lighter than the original Rondo. It's a good processor. I use Sonnets for work because I work where I'm often in situations with a lot of noise and the two-mic processor does better there, but when I'm at home I wear Rondo 2 almost all the time - it gives my ears a break, makes my glasses more comfortable and sounds great. As for discretion, I don't know whether the single-piece processors are that much less noticeable than the over the ear ones. I mean, I never see my own, heh. But a couple of weeks ago we were on vacation and my husband took a picture of me and I could see my Sonnet on my head. Doesn't bother me, but I saw it. My hair is very short, though, so whatever I wear is completely visible. If you have longer hair you could probably hide a Rondo2. @Jewel, you have long hair - is your Rondo2 mostly not visible?
  22. No idea. Most insurance does, but United Health is a big company and I'm pretty sure they offer differing levels of coverage depending on the contract. Why not just ask? Your insurance person, I mean.
  23. Hi @Rita Marquez - welcome! If you will tell us when your surgery is in June we will be standing by to cheer you on.
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