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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from DncTchr2 in A day in my life with CIs   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in A day in my life with CIs   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    I'll be in Durham in late March - early April.  Looking forward to it!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in Dinner at a restaurant   
    I had dinner out at a restaurant with my partner last weekend. It was quite loud, but we sat down, ate, talked. After a little while, I suddenly remembered that I left my hearing aid at home and was able to converse with my partner over the course of a meal with using just the CI. Then I remembered that I also left the remote at home, and was still using my every day program.
    Wow, I could hear in a noisy restaurant. I don't think I've ever had that before.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    My employer met with me about my "medical condition." I realised that they would use my deafness to get rid of me. So I went to my audiologist who told me it was time for me to get a CI. I had been putting it off for years. I decided to go to the US and see if all I needed was the most powerful HA on the market or if I really did need a CI. Note they had told me I needed one about 6 years prior. But the meeting with my employer was the wakeup call for me. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in A new WOW   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Melissa in New Member - Parent of Child CI Candidate   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    Makes perfect sense to me @Mary Featherston.
    Finding a way to keep hearing aid audiologists up to speed on the ever changing CI candidacy rules seems to be very important.  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in A new WOW   
    @Mary Beth exactly.  I never stop being amazed at what I can hear with my CIs.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Marion nancy in Wow moments   
    Another wow.  Was able to understand my bridge partner in a noisy auditorium with the cards covering her mouth.  Was not using any ALD🌞
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in A new WOW   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Surgery Next Week   
    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.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Melissa in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    I am so glad to read this, since we are at the stage of looking for implants for my 10 year old, who has done well with hearing aids since he was 3 months old but whose loss has worsened. I really worried for him about the transition from HA to CI.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Melissa in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    @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.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in 2020 wishes   
    Happy New Year, everyone!  A year of hearing and, as Mary Beth said, WOW moments!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from DncTchr2 in DncTchr2   
    @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!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in DncTchr2   
    @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!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Meeting in person   
    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!
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Nischal Koirala in After activation   
    @Mary Beth Ya small sounds sounded like very big.But I am getting Better it's my fifth day today.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from MaryGP in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    @MaryGP it's on CafePress if you're in the US. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Who has Rondo 2?   
    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?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to MaryGP in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    I love that shirt!!!!! @Mary Featherston
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in After activation   
    Hi Nischal, three days is very early indeed.  Keep on listening and doing your rehab and your brain will sort it out.
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