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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kirk S. in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    Hi Mary Beth, Kylie, et al.
    Thanks for the great chat on Sunday. I enjoyed it and I learned at lot, as always. Enjoying and learning are equally important in my book!
    Thanks also for the links for Kylie’s audiologist. I researched some Info about her last year, so I know she’s considered a top SSD specialist. I’ve already looked through a couple of her academic papers and I will pass them along to my audiologist in Tokyo. Like many professionals in Japan, my audiologist (Kubota-san) can read and write English reasonably well (especially within her professional specialty), but can’t actually speak the language worth a darn! Considering that more than 98% of the people who live in Japan are born and raised in Japan, there’s little incentive for anyone her to actually learn how to SPEAK English. So that’s a little challenging.  But, the food’s great! 
    Look forward to our next chat next month. Best, Kirk
     
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Joan in OT: talking brains, not CIs   
    @Mary Featherston love my Artone neckloop!😊
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in OT: talking brains, not CIs   
    Hm, I don't have good enough speechreading skill.  I'm far more comfortable hearing people when I can see them, but never progressed to being able to understand much if I'm not hearing anything.  COVID has improved my ability to hear without secondary cues, though.  This morning I didn't turn the captioning on, and was able to hear and understand everyone.  I have phone calls at work - LOTS of them, because we don't do in-person meetings anymore.  And I hear really well on those too, as long as I'm using my neckloop.  Actual telephones (like my desk phone at work) are harder for me, but my computer or my mobile phone with the Artone neckloop are wonderfully clear.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in February HearPeers Chat on GoogleMeet   
    See you all in February!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in February HearPeers Chat on GoogleMeet   
    See you all in February!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Joan in OT: talking brains, not CIs   
    Hm, I don't have good enough speechreading skill.  I'm far more comfortable hearing people when I can see them, but never progressed to being able to understand much if I'm not hearing anything.  COVID has improved my ability to hear without secondary cues, though.  This morning I didn't turn the captioning on, and was able to hear and understand everyone.  I have phone calls at work - LOTS of them, because we don't do in-person meetings anymore.  And I hear really well on those too, as long as I'm using my neckloop.  Actual telephones (like my desk phone at work) are harder for me, but my computer or my mobile phone with the Artone neckloop are wonderfully clear.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Joan in February HearPeers Chat on GoogleMeet   
    See you all in February!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in OT: talking brains, not CIs   
    @Mary Featherston
    Good question!  
     
    I know I do not hear anything at al without my CIs.  My right side heard nothing at all pre-CI surgery and I lost the residual hearing I had in my left ear during the CI surgery.  It wasn’t much and they had to drill through my cochlea to insert the electrode array due to ossification of the round window so no big surprise.
     
    What was surprising was that I missed that tiny bit of residual hearing when my implants were off.  I was surprised that I could miss something that was so insignificant in terms of actually hearing anything.  It took a couple of weeks to get used to complete deafness (not complete silence because my tinnitus is noticeable when my processors are off).
     
    That being said..I do think that my brain provides auditory description services when my implant is off when I am doing things that have known sounds.  Smile.  But I can not hear them acoustically.
     
    Our brains are amazing!
     
    When my processors are off and I speechread my family, I “hear” their voices.  Do you?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Joan in OT: talking brains, not CIs   
    @Mary Featherston I haven’t had that experience, but I can see where such an experience would be unsettling! I really did not have any residual hearing to be preserved when I got my implants. It had been over 30 years since I had been able to hear anything in either ear without the use of a hearing aid. However, weirdly enough, now I do think I can hear (ever so slightly) when the water tap is turned on. But, I have wondered if, in fact, I really do hear the water running or if it something I’m just sensing. I live alone so haven’t “tested” this but will try to remember to do so next time someone is here. Your experience makes me wonder, so now I really want to know! I’ll let you know.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    And then, as I recall, you made really fast progress!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    It occurred to me (after Kirk signed off) that if he's still struggling with his rehab AND assuming that's he's going to travel outside Japan to get an English-speaking audiologist, that going to Perth to Kylie's clinic might not be a bad idea.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    Yes you're right @Mary Featherston. My audi and surgeon were impressed. My audi had thought it may have taken me up to a year to make out speech. Glad that was not the case. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    And then, as I recall, you made really fast progress!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to MED-EL Moderator in How did your CI change your life?   
    To celebrate the International CI Day on February 25th, we'll do a post on Social Media with quotes, pictures, videos and stories from MED-EL recipients, showing how CIs can change people's lives.   We'd love to share hearing journeys of members of the HearPeers Forum in this special post then as well! If you like to be part of it, pleas send us your video messages, photos or written stories about your hearing journey via direct message or post them in a comment below!   Thanks and best regards,  Your MED-EL Social Media Team
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Joan in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    @Mary Beth looking forward to seeing everyone very early Sunday morning...yawn!😅😊
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jared Charney in February HearPeers Chat on GoogleMeet   
    thanks Mary Beth for putting it all together, this morning was even more informative than I could have imagined and it was really nice meeting everyone!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation.  I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.  I was glad when that went away!  And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea.  My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either.  It all works out in the end!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from John R in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation.  I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.  I was glad when that went away!  And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea.  My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either.  It all works out in the end!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation.  I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.  I was glad when that went away!  And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea.  My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either.  It all works out in the end!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation.  I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.  I was glad when that went away!  And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea.  My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either.  It all works out in the end!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in What did things sound like on activation day for you?   
    This is an excellent description of what I heard after my first activation.  I called them "the beepies" but it was also somewhat reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.  I was glad when that went away!  And it will, it's part of learning to hear when the input goes to your brain via electronics instead of an eardrum and a cochlea.  My second activation wasn't quite as beepy but it wasn't normal voices either.  It all works out in the end!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    I understand, I just don't tend to set my alarm on weekends.  Mostly I'm awake by around 7:30 but .....
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    Oh man, earlier on Sunday.  Well, I plan to be there, but I don't set an alarm on weekends so there's sooooome possibility of being a little late.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in January 2021 Virtual HearPeers Chat   
    Oh man, earlier on Sunday.  Well, I plan to be there, but I don't set an alarm on weekends so there's sooooome possibility of being a little late.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jared Charney in Inquiring about cochlear implants - have not been implanted yet   
    This.  I was angsting over my residual hearing.  Then I got one side implanted and within weeks the residual hearing on the other side seemed pathetic.  I got the second implant and am now completely deaf without my processors, but an order of magnitude more functional with CIs than I could ever have hoped to be with hearing aids as my hearing was getting worse and worse.  I went from becoming increasingly isolated, hardly talking to people unless I had to, to calling *and fully participating in* MS Teams meeting (and Google Meet chats, hi Mary Beth!), and am, for the first time in 20 years, starting to lose my fear of using the telephone.  It was THAT frustrating before.  I went from 19% word recognition to 97% with both sides. 
    So I completely understand the fear of losing your residual hearing, and I also agree with John and Mary Beth.  It's totally worth it.
    But you have to find your comfort level yourself.  Good luck!
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