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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in Travel with CI’s   
    I took a charger with me and had no problems with either it or the dry box.  I have a voltage converter that has three electrical plug-ins and four USB ports and it worked great for everything.
    Also had no issues at all at airports (OK, that's not true, but my issues with CDG are not CI related, heh)
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in It's the Little Things   
    Yesterday I was able to use my new superpower for real:  we had an 8.5 hour flight and a toddler two rows ahead screamed for at least three of those hours (intermittently throughout the flight).  I just popped the magnets off my implants.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Anita C. in Constant music   
    I went searching on Google and found something called Musical Ear Syndrome. It seems to stem from deafness not the cochlear implant itself. I think it's kind of like when  there's no sound, your brain inserts some? After my second CI surgery, I couldn't hear anything at night when I had taken off my first CI. Now I've regained some residual hearing in the second ear so maybe it will go away? I hope! Christmas carols in May get tiresome. (I get sick of them in December!)
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in It's the Little Things   
    Yesterday I was able to use my new superpower for real:  we had an 8.5 hour flight and a toddler two rows ahead screamed for at least three of those hours (intermittently throughout the flight).  I just popped the magnets off my implants.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in It's the Little Things   
    Removeable ears are quite a perk at times!  @Mary Featherston
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in It's the Little Things   
    Yesterday I was able to use my new superpower for real:  we had an 8.5 hour flight and a toddler two rows ahead screamed for at least three of those hours (intermittently throughout the flight).  I just popped the magnets off my implants.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet 2   
    We are going to have a flight mode for flying.  Cool!  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jdashiell in Travel with CI’s   
    You and me both, @Daniel the Stranger!  I love not having to throw batteries out all the time. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Daniel the Stranger in Travel with CI’s   
    In my case I don't want to have anything to do with disposable batteries 😂
    I used them for 35 years or so... not anymore, glad to use rechargeable batteries. I survived my trip to New Zealand last December using the rechargeable ones. Just pop them into the charger each night and of you go in the morning.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Travel with CI’s   
    Thanks, @Mary Beth, we did have a great time!  The cottage we rented was very quiet and remote, but close enough to Bayeux for going to dinner or whatever we needed.  We did spend a lot of time driving to all the places we wanted to go to, but that's part of the deal.  Discovered some places that we weren't even aware of but were really cool - the whole town of Falaise, and William the Conqueror's castle there.  I have a picture of my battery charger running off the rental car's USB port.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in A different kind of WOW moment   
    @Mary Featherston
    Wow! 97% bilaterally! That is astounding and fantastic. I am curious about which electrodes you have? I can't seem to find it easily in the forum history. I see you switch between the Sonnet and Rondo2 for the processor. I assume they have similar MAPs so when you switch, it isn't drastically different to your brain? 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in WOW!   
    Update:  got the job!  I spoke to the hiring manager yesterday and he offered on the phone.  Tomorrow I'll accept it officially and talk to my current manager.  He already knows, of course - you can't apply intracompany without telling your manager.  So we'll start talking about transition and what to do with my current responsibilities.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in A different kind of WOW moment   
    @Mary Featherston
    Now that would be awesome! 
    Until then we have the app Microsoft Translator!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Good today! Went to work. Half the time I was aware of the buzzing and the other half I forgot about it completely. 
    More interesting was choir last night. At the start I struggled to hear anything clearly at all and was very distracted. But as the evening progressed, I stopped noticing so much and my good ear gave me enough input to sing with everyone, as I have been doing since I lost the right hearing. Though my friends said I was quiet, which I didn't realise. I can't really tell about my own volume very well. Overall, I felt good about this first experience of making music. I was very nervous as I really care about being able to sing and my expectations were low at this early stage (I thought it would be completely overwhelming and was prepared to leave if I couldn't cope.) In reality it was much better than that! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in A different kind of WOW moment   
    @Mary Featherston
    Super!  And it was a learning curve for me too about moving electrodes up when intuition thinks they should go down.  So happy your new MAPs seem promising before your big trip!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in A different kind of WOW moment   
    Wow @Mary Featherston
    Happy for you! Last year you went through some life changing events with surgeries and all and now look at you! You go girl! 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in A different kind of WOW moment   
    @Mary Beth - no, I saw Susan two weeks ago.  Normally we wouldn't have had two appointments this close together but we wanted to do the testing.
    It's not entirely gone but I like the MAP I have and we didn't remap it.  I think this is going to improve, I can hear improvement already.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in A different kind of WOW moment   
    Yesterday was my audiology appointment - it's six months since my second CI was activated.  I continue to be amazed by this journey and am really happy with my progress:
    Prior to implantation, with two hearing aids:          19% comprehension

    Three months after right side implanted:               89% with CI only
                                                                              92% with CI and HA

    Three months after left side implanted:                 87% with right CI only
                                                                             84% with left CI only
                                                                              93% with both Cis


     
    Six months with bilateral Cis:                    94% with right CI only
                                                                            90% with left CI only

                                                                            97% with both
    I also got tested with background noise.  Three months ago I got 45% and yesterday I got 64%.
    This is really something.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    @Kylie looks great!  I love the skinits too.
    @soojjan how did yours go?
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    @Kylie yup, that's what I had too.  Good luck! You're doing great.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    So far I can definitely hear a range of sounds, though they are not clear. What I can hear the most is 'sharp' sounds like crumpling plastic, clapping hands etc. My husband thinks it's funny as I keep visibly startling at such noises around me. 
    Also I've noticed that even in one day I have started to tune out the buzzing sound for periods of time, I just don't always notice it. Which I guess is progress in itself? And it's definitely lessened my awareness of tinnitus while wearing the processor so that's awesome.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    I decorated it as soon as I got home, of course.

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Good luck for your activation tomorrow @soojjan
    Had mine today - went pretty well I think. What I can hear is buzzy and weird but not too annoying. It was about what I expected. All the little boxes in the pack are quite fun to look through.  I even got an Artone neckloop in there too. Looking forward to more programs next week!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in Adapting with different electrode lengths?   
    Surgery is on May 21st on the left side. I opted for the Sonnet over the Rondo2 as it is more full-featured and adaptable.
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