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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Marion nancy in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    Nope I had mine.  Enjoy the heat
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    I should point out, though, given the name of the chat, that I was the ONLY ONE drinking coffee.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    There's a "rate your experience" thing when you close the chat so I told them the audio didn't work.  I know it's not my computer, so it must have been some kind of glitch in the meet software.
     
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    I should point out, though, given the name of the chat, that I was the ONLY ONE drinking coffee.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Nikki in CI and Shooting Range   
    Hi @Neil
    Actually i'd go with ear muffs or plugs just because I remember pain/ discomfort from extremely loud noise after the surgery and without processor on.  As it's not about further damaging your natural hearing, wearing protective device might help in case of physical discomfort and it definitely won't hurt.   Let us know what your doctor say. 
    Happy practice!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Put my CIs to a new challenge   
    @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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Put my CIs to a new challenge   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in Put my CIs to a new challenge   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Put my CIs to a new challenge   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Put my CIs to a new challenge   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Music with CIs   
    Today I was listening to music while driving home from work.  My car has a USB port in the console so I can load it up with lots of mp3 tracks and run it on random.  Today I got a track that I haven't heard in a while - Hugh Laurie playing piano and singing "St. James Infirmary".  The piano sounded great - such depth to the tones.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in Car radio with c i   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Calling all Rondo 2 users   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in July HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat   
    Yep.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Question for CI users around the world   
    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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    Mary Featherston reacted to Steven Ulven in day after surgery turn on   
    I am actually in North Dakota.  My experience at Mayo has been great.  I am really curious how the day after turn on will work.  Hopefully it will go well.  I would love to hear from someone that experienced that.  I searched the forum and was not able to find a discussion on that topic.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Yes it was 9:30pm for me - I'm 12 hours from @Mary Beth
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Both dates are fine for me.  @Kirk S. we had the first meeting at 8:30 Central time, which was also 8:30 for Jewel in Jamaica, it was 9:30 for Mary Beth, and it was 8:30 (I think) PM for Kylie in Australia.  So we can make it work, we don't have to make you get up at 4:00 am!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Both dates are fine for me.  @Kirk S. we had the first meeting at 8:30 Central time, which was also 8:30 for Jewel in Jamaica, it was 9:30 for Mary Beth, and it was 8:30 (I think) PM for Kylie in Australia.  So we can make it work, we don't have to make you get up at 4:00 am!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Both dates are fine for me.  @Kirk S. we had the first meeting at 8:30 Central time, which was also 8:30 for Jewel in Jamaica, it was 9:30 for Mary Beth, and it was 8:30 (I think) PM for Kylie in Australia.  So we can make it work, we don't have to make you get up at 4:00 am!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Study finds typical patient related factors are NOT indicative of CI success   
    @Mary Featherston
    Since so many of us are being called “exceptions”, it made me question the validity of those parameters too.  With modern day CIs, they no longer seem accurate indicators of success.
    My right side had not processed any sound for 24 years and scored 0% on speech testing prior to being implanted.  And the electrode array is medium 24 mm and they had to drill through my cochlea because the round window was obstructed.
    My right CI is awesome.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Very loud new Map   
    That wasn't my experience, at a year in I was getting to a stable map, as @Mary Beth says.  Can you turn the volume down with your Fine Tuner?
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Study finds typical patient related factors are NOT indicative of CI success   
    That confirms what I'd been thinking too.  Both my ears perform really well with CIs, though the worst one hardly got any sound for the last ten years prior to implantation.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kirk S. in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Hi Mary Beth. I'd love to join next time. I teach a class once or twice a week via Zoom at a university here in Tokyo, so I'm used to video meetings. Soooooo much more convenient (and safer nowadays!) than traveling across town. I haven't used Google Meet yet, but I have a Gmail account, so I'm sure I can sort it out easily enough. There's a 13 hour difference between Tokyo and NYC but I'm used to working all hours so no problem. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Kirk
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    And by the way - big thanks to @Mary Beth for suggesting this.  I would never have thought of it - I still tend to shy away from phone conferences.  But it worked really, really well.
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