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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kylie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    3 month since activation! Wow how time flies! Time for an update.
    I wear my processor every waking minute and never like taking it off. I feel like half the world goes dead if I do.
    Every situation in my life is better with the processor than without. Including noisy rooms.
    My tinnitus is gone when my processor is on.
    I get to call myself a cyborg (and I encourage others in my life to do it too, because I am a science geek and I love it)
    My hearing tests yesterday were outstanding. I have great accuracy detecting words against background noise. And my localisation ability was 12 degrees, which apparently is that of a normal hearing person. Audiologist said my progress was way ahead of expectations. 
    There are plenty of things that are still hard. But I just keep going - I commit to wear it all the time, do my rehab everyday (I really like the angel sounds program). And treat it like an essential part of my body.
    Couldn't be happier with how this is all going.
    I really hope for great outcomes for everyone in this thread who was also recently activated. Even at 3 months there is so much you will have gained!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    @Ford has given me an idea. Maybe I should plan a trip to Austria and go visit Med-El. That would be awesome! 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in CI Ambassadors   
    Hi @Daniel the Stranger!  Good to see you.  I'm far from the youngest when I go to the meetings like that, but yes, it's fun there too!
    And I'm reminded now that I have to get the dog treats to my brother's dog.....
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Daniel the Stranger in CI Ambassadors   
    That's nice, I do something of sorts over here in Adelaide.
    My audiology Clinic schedule meetings along the year (3-4) something like that were they gather their patients and soon to be patients to different topics. I like to attend to give my part of the story and help people make decisions.
    I'm always the youngest one, and it feels weird seeing all these oldies surrounding me  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in CI Ambassadors   
    That's us!  On Friday I had a dental appointment, and as my dentist is over an hour from my new job I didn't go to work at all - went to the dentist, had lunch with a friend, and then worked from home in the afternoon.  My friend and I had a nice lunch at a Thai place across the street from my dentist's office and then popped into this shop around the corner - it's all dog stuff, treats and toys and beds and whatnot.  We were buying dog treats when a woman there asked me about my CIs, and we ended up talking for almost half an hour.  She was a writer, doing some stuff on contract for Cochlear Americas and just kept asking questions!  And me, I talk, you know?
    We talked about the rehab process and what it's been like to be a CI recipient.  I always like to have a chance to talk about what an amazing (but not necessarily easy) thing it is to be a CI recipient.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from sassychele02 in CI Ambassadors   
    That's us!  On Friday I had a dental appointment, and as my dentist is over an hour from my new job I didn't go to work at all - went to the dentist, had lunch with a friend, and then worked from home in the afternoon.  My friend and I had a nice lunch at a Thai place across the street from my dentist's office and then popped into this shop around the corner - it's all dog stuff, treats and toys and beds and whatnot.  We were buying dog treats when a woman there asked me about my CIs, and we ended up talking for almost half an hour.  She was a writer, doing some stuff on contract for Cochlear Americas and just kept asking questions!  And me, I talk, you know?
    We talked about the rehab process and what it's been like to be a CI recipient.  I always like to have a chance to talk about what an amazing (but not necessarily easy) thing it is to be a CI recipient.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in CI Ambassadors   
    That's us!  On Friday I had a dental appointment, and as my dentist is over an hour from my new job I didn't go to work at all - went to the dentist, had lunch with a friend, and then worked from home in the afternoon.  My friend and I had a nice lunch at a Thai place across the street from my dentist's office and then popped into this shop around the corner - it's all dog stuff, treats and toys and beds and whatnot.  We were buying dog treats when a woman there asked me about my CIs, and we ended up talking for almost half an hour.  She was a writer, doing some stuff on contract for Cochlear Americas and just kept asking questions!  And me, I talk, you know?
    We talked about the rehab process and what it's been like to be a CI recipient.  I always like to have a chance to talk about what an amazing (but not necessarily easy) thing it is to be a CI recipient.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to pdk in Hearing differently   
    I think I hear OK after my first 3 months. Will check with my audiologist in case I destroy my present guard if I remove it to test I don't think it will be difficult.
    This morning got up late, 10deg c outside. Approaching the kitchen, an amazing all filling sound, motor noise, high frequency hiss. My wife was using the cake mixer. Finding where the sound comes from is interesting. Walked right passed the machine thinking it must be the washing machine round the corner However I was able to locate the sound by looking for it. I find the sources of a lot of noises are easily found by rotating my head the volume is way louder when facing the sound source. 
    The last few days I have noticed that my wife's voice sounds more distorted in much the same way as a singing voice does. The next door neighbour sounded OK. 
    CI life is fascinating. Once upon a time all I did was just hear..... 
     
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in Some concerns before the surgery   
    @Evren - age isn't a thing to be nervous about.  I was 60 when I received my implants last year and I'm continually amazed at what I'm hearing now!  My best to you and to your mother!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Evren in Some concerns before the surgery   
    @Evren - age isn't a thing to be nervous about.  I was 60 when I received my implants last year and I'm continually amazed at what I'm hearing now!  My best to you and to your mother!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Hearing differently   
    @Jewel Oh, I'll probably use them - I mainly use the Rondos at home anyway.  But when I reorder I'll order plain black, I think.  I recently asked Rob to submit microphone covers to my insurance and they were approved, but now I have to hit my out of pocket maximum - which means that in effect I'm just buying them because the only year in my life I've hit my out of pocket maximum was last year:  two CI surgeries.  Oh well.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Carolmarie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    WOW Sandy great day for you
    i went to the Buffalo Bison game today
    they alway do both the Canadian and Americans anthem before the game and I was able to understand both song the guy who sang tonight has a bass voice
    i cried 
    this is the first time I could hear and understand both anthem
    keep up your good work Sandy

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Carolmarie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Very amazing
    without it all I want to do is sleep
    no sound no activity 
    big difference 
    i am so happy
    i want to tell the whole world get an implant whatever work for you
    for me it’s rondo2 
    i have to wear glasses to save my one eye especially when cooking
    Med-el was there again new programs
    thank you very much for all your wonderful support 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Carolmarie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Hi everyone
    wow a wonderful activation I had today
    i was able to hear so well that I wanted to cry
    i got a very large bag with
    roger my link
    roger select
    the remote came with a beautiful leather case
    and the usual basic
    they said they can’t do anything about the left side
    thats ok as long as I can hear with my right
    with 2 rondo2 I can do much
    i hope whoever is next in line best of luck
    you will love it
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Sandy123 in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    I was just implanted at University Hospital London Ont. So far so good. I choose the Sonnet processor also along with the Roger Select. Activation day is July 16th, hoping for good things....
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in SONNET 2   
    That sounds like a plan.  I'm going to want to see how much the Audio Link costs.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Karen fudge in Surgery   
    Hi all, I have been on here asking questions prior to getting surgery ..
    Had my surgery July 3rd yesterday . All went well . In and out 1 1/2 hours recovery 1hr about . 
    Only issue I had was that pressure bandage so uncomfortable first day I have to admit. Just had nausea meds to take home and over counter pain Meds .. today took bandage off releaved the pressure just felt a little out of it still . By the afternoon felt better .. 
    thanks for all your help on this forum 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Carolmarie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    I am getting so excited 
    only a wink away thank you very much 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to pdk in Our CI journeys   
    She told me she gave me 2 settings with increased dynamic range set for the 'Music' program. That means no compensation for noise. I'm really enjoying it. The sound is much fuller. The kettle sounded like a rocket taking off. I can also hear the current radio announcer. All good so far.  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Rita Marquez in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Yes, that's the fun part.  Be cautiously optimistic at activation - I could barely hear words, it was very beepy and odd-sounding but it starts integrating pretty quickly. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to pdk in Our CI journeys   
    Back home having listened in the car where I was listening on speakers and could hear a definite fuller sound. 
    When I got home music on the radio was really better again much fuller sound, still the usual distortion. While typing I'm listening to Beethoven's 5th piano concerto and it's good. 
    My mapping has stabilized, so I have 2 music programs with different dynamic ranges. Needless to say I like the largest setting. 
    It's also great to use all the time at home. I can hear the gas fire which SCAM decided was noise. But in the car I could hear the tyres loudly, so will use SCAN when out. 
    I'm wizzing through my music trying to hear differences. 
    Exciting stuff. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to pdk in Our CI journeys   
    Thank you both for fabulous blogs. I'm working on mine. What can I say? I started getting deaf, had some hearing aids, had a CI in my right ear and I can hear speech well. Even after a couple of weeks. It's like you are catching up with me. Having read your blogs, I think even more they should be easy to find. They are so inspirational. 
    Amazing the difference with our mappings. Just tune a few electrodes for softest and most comfortable volume. On the 1st I'm going to get a separate music program with slightly more dynamic range.
    I'll keep you posted 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Our CI journeys   
    I have been blogging my CI journey for a year and a half.   If you are interested in reading it sequentially, you'll have to scroll back to the beginning.
    https://hearinglisten.blogspot.com/
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Our CI journeys   
    I have been blogging my CI journey for a year and a half.   If you are interested in reading it sequentially, you'll have to scroll back to the beginning.
    https://hearinglisten.blogspot.com/
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    Mary Featherston reacted to JCB in Just got implanted on Thursday   
    Thanks for the good wishes! I can Hear again!! Activation went well and I'm pleasantly surprised with what I can understand right away!!! However, my Rondo 2 does not stay on well yet even with the strongest magnet. Wearing it with a rubber band around my heaad for now. I'm hoping the skin will compress with time. Maybe removing more hair will help. I'm even using Grip Wear. It's hard to be sure the Rondo 2 is "perfectly" placed on the implant. Using a leash as well.
    If anyone can suggest where to get a cheap, effective headband for now, or has other experience to share for a newbie with Rondo 2 attachment issues, I would appreciate any ideas! My audiologist said I may have to switch to a Sonnet if I can't solve this …  I hope not...
    Thank you, This is going to be wonderful!
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