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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Kylie in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    @Kylie it looks like you're healing nicely!  Activation is such a cool thing.  Have fun!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Comparison of Rondo 2 versus Sonnet   
    @Mary Featherston Terrific.  The Rondo 1 is great with sweat too.  It just runs around the bottom edge of the processor.  
    @Jewel I am 4 years into my CI journey now.  I am not sure of the exact timing for my upgrade but it will fall into the period when Rondo 2 and Sonnet 2 are processor options.  I wore my Rondo 1 a lot last week at the beach in waterwear and it sounds fabulous.  I wore my OPUS 2 at night and it sounds the same as Rondo 1.  (Since I was flying with headphones I left my Sonnets at home.).  There is something about ASM 1 that I really like.  Rondo 2 uses ASM 1 so that appeals to me.  I am still anxious about the battery situation for Rondo 2.  I do not get as long of battery life as other users in any processor.
    In the meantime I will enjoy learning all about everyone’s Rondo 2 experiences.
    I have worn all three processors to music concerts and Broadway shows.  If I have a great MAP on the processor, it doesn’t matter which one I use.  I have had times when I stopped wearing my Sonnets because the MAPs needed to be adjusted more.  For me, the Sonnets have been the most difficult processors to get perfect MAPs set.  I think that is because I have had problems with Sonnets that have had to be replaced and problems with DL-coils that have had to be replaced.  In the end, things get sorted out but the OPUS 2 and Rondo 1 processors have been so easy and reliable.  This has heightened my interest in Rondo 2 processors.
     
    i appreciate both of your willingness to answer my many Rondo 2 questions!  Thank you!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Comparison of Rondo 2 versus Sonnet   
    @Mary Beth they are great!  I use my Sonnets mostly at work, but I put the Rondo2s on when I get home.  They give my ears a break, they sound great and when I work out - I just now got off my treadmill after 75 minutes.  I'm sweaty and a mess.  But the Rondo2s don't care, they sit on the implant and the sweat doesn't pool behind my ear like with the Sonnets.
    And really, the sound's very good.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Hicksy in Learning to listen on the phone   
    Hard to believe the day came but I went out and bought a cell phone. Find the quality a lot better than the older landline. I have been using the Artone neck loop but actually don’t find it that bad just using the speaker in a quiet setting. Telecoil seems a pain compared to the Artone. Haven’t tried the Roger pen yet but will give it a try. Been using Telephone with Confidence a lot.
    I actually never thought the day would come that I could hear on the phone. It’s probably 35 years or so since I lost that ability😀 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Learning to listen on the phone   
    I've only been listening on speakerphone so far.  Yesterday I asked my new manager if I was getting an office or a cube, because up till now all my phone calls are close-the-door and use the speakerphone.  But I told him if it's a cube I could use my neckloop and cell phone.
    It's an office.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Learning to listen on the phone   
    I've only been listening on speakerphone so far.  Yesterday I asked my new manager if I was getting an office or a cube, because up till now all my phone calls are close-the-door and use the speakerphone.  But I told him if it's a cube I could use my neckloop and cell phone.
    It's an office.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Learning to listen on the phone   
    @Mary Beth - mostly due to not having a choice.  🙂  There are a couple of meetings each week that I'm in that have people calling in from other locations and I just listen to the speakerphone and it's been slowly getting better.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in WOW!   
    Congratulations @Mary Featherston!
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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 Dave in Pittsburgh in WOW!   
    Good for you. Best of Luck
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in WOW!   
    Thanks, @Jewel!  Our current house needs some work before we sell it - my husband has been working on some interior remodeling for a while and isn't done yet.  But we can take our time.  It will be fun!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in WOW!   
    That is absolutely awesome @Mary Featherston. Congratulations. So happy for you!
    Guess you will have to continue with house hunting. Exciting times ahead! 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth 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 got a reaction from Jewel in How have your CIs changed you?   
    @Jewel same here with the intercoms.  I had to go renew my driver's license today and there was quite a long wait.  But this is the first time in ages that I've been able to hear them call the ticket numbers and say what window to go to.  🙂
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in How have your CIs changed you?   
    My CI has definitely changed me for the better. 
    I'm far more independent. I don't need people to make or take phone calls for me. I don't dread using the phone anymore. 
    I also find that I am more chatty. I think I had become a recluse since my hearing went bad. Now I want to go out more and enjoy life more. I have already bought tickets for two live concerts, something that was unthinkable for several years. 
    I love being able to hear over an intercom. 
    I don't have to be fearful when I go to KFC and wait for my number to be called. 
    It's like a burden has literally been lifted off my shoulders. 
    This week I realised that I would be better off with two CIs but even with one I have come a very long way! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to soojjan in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    stitches. I am not allowed to wash my hair for at least 2 weeks. Today I may go home. Let's see how the daughter of 2 is going to respond to my bandage. On Facetime yesterday: daddy pain ...
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in a year in a life   
    I've been blogging my CI journey since well before I knew for sure I'd be able to get them; and today is the anniversary of my first implantation.  I am so grateful for what I've had the opportunity to receive.
     
    https://hearinglisten.blogspot.com/
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in How have your CIs changed you?   
    Oh, remarkably.  My hearing had deteriorated to the point that I was not functioning well at all with hearing aids.  Now at work I rarely miss what's said in meetings - before I assumed I missed at least half, though I was good at following from context.
    As mgfiest says, having someone talk to what used to be a deaf ear is quite an experience!  Just being able to have the little interchanges that hearing people take for granted - a short exchange with a co-worker in the hallway, or a discussion with my husband without stress OR shouting. 
    I have a little seating area on one end of our bedroom where I keep my laptop and when I sit there I often need to close the door because Ron's TV in the living room gets annoying.  Which - honestly, I hadn't even been able to hear it before, let alone be bugged by stupid TV show theme songs and whatnot. 
    It's a whole new life.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jdashiell in Questions to ask when exploring CIs   
    I came across this site and found a terrific set of questions to ask / consider when exploring a CI.
    I wish I had this information early on in my research.
    Colleen breaks it down into three categories:
    1. the implant/electrodes
    2, the CI manufacturer
    3, the external processor
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in a year in a life   
    @Mary Featherston
    I hope your insurance covers as many MAPping appts as it takes until you reach your favorite MAPs.  Of course, your April appt may solve this for you!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in a year in a life   
    Hi @Mary Featherston
    I read through some of your blog entries.  Isn’t it so cool to have a record of your CI journey? I have one too but it is just a private journal.  Four years out and I’m still entering WOW moments every month.
     
    You made a comment about a change to one side’s MAP and could that impact both sides.  When we change one side’s MAP for me it impacts that side and also my bilateral sound.  There is a summative effect to hearing as well.
    Sometimes it feels like a complex network of dominoes.  A slight change to one setting has ripple effects.  Smile.
    I hope you are able to get rid of the echo.
    By the way, do you hear the echo when using your Artone bilaterally or only when using the processor mics?
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in So excited   
    Sounds like a good time for a trip to the beach!  We got about 10" of snow and I'm ready for it to melt.
    Have fun @Mary Beth!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in So excited   
    @Mary Featherston
    It required a plane. Smile 
    We had snow this week too.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in a year in a life   
    I've been blogging my CI journey since well before I knew for sure I'd be able to get them; and today is the anniversary of my first implantation.  I am so grateful for what I've had the opportunity to receive.
     
    https://hearinglisten.blogspot.com/
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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'm glad you're feeling well.  Rest for a couple of days and you'll be in great shape.
    @Andy - if you have just started with your CIs, yes, I think fatigue could affect what you hear.  I've found that the way my CIs sound is different when I don't sleep well.  I'm going to be jetlagged for the first time since implantation in a few weeks - I'm betting that will affect how it sounds too.  Just keep on working on it and it will get better.
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