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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston reacted to Percy in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Surgery went well yesterday. Got my bandage off today. Not much pain today just a little ‘full’ feeling. 
    Activation July 1st. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Lynn Agnes in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thanks so much for asking!  Since I have good hearing in my right ear and used to ignoring tinnitus in my left ear, I'm finding it's easy for me to ignore the computer type tone and echos that are coming from the left implant.  My audiologist said my job for the first week is to wear it as much as I can and get used to the input coming into my left ear.  This has not been a problem.  I do feel like I'm ready for a bigger challenge, tho and look forward to whatever instructions she gives me next week!  I have played around a little with wearing an earplug in my good ear.  Will keep you posted.
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Directionality!   
    Today while I was walking through a courtyard up to a school, I heard a bird chirping.  I looked ahead in the direction of the birdsong and saw two trees spaced quite a bit apart.  One tree to my right and the other tree to my left.  The bird continued to sing.  It seemed strange to me that the birdsong sounded like it was coming from a high location between the trees.  The bird continued to sing.  There was a very tall sculpture located between the two trees.  When I looked way up to the very top of that sculpture, I saw the bird singing its heart out.  My CIs were right!  The birdsong was coming from between the trees!  Sound directionality is so much fun!
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Hearing differently   
    @Mary Featherston
    Hope you're rid of the cold soon and you start hearing as you did before. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hearing differently   
    Thanks, @Mary Beth - it seems to be clearing up a bit (as is the cold).
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Carolmarie in Getting the right ear done   
    Day 2 bandache off
    no pain around the ear
    throat still sore
    but I feel great
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Freshly activated, so I started with my expectation super low. All 12 electrodes are in good health and active. Currently, I hear everything super, super high pitched, like everything is beyond helium. I can detect syllables, but can't differentiate speech or distinguish different layered noises yet. Time to learn how to hear all over again
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    Mary Featherston reacted to JohnL in Travel with CI’s   
    @Mary Featherston
    sorry for the delay but we just returned from France. Yes, we did Omaha beach and the American cemetery. Breathtaking!
    i couldn’t understand a word the guide was saying but just seeing what our brave troops faced was mind boggling. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mr-LJ in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Well I've just come back from a hiking/camping trip... I walked partly along the West Highland Way in Scotland. With tent up and me inside, sounds that I heard were interesting as I wanted to know who or what was outside.... Sheep! and I'm sure that if you listen long enough you can get to recognise the different 'Baa's' from the different animals, the lambs especially.... and yes, I did 'Baa' back to them, they answer too! Hahahahah
    Another particular sound that was noticeable to me this week. I have a homebrew beer on the go, it's fermenting away nicely and bubbling away through the air lock, sometimes just one bubble then two or three... you get listening for the next, will it be two? three? One? Four?? so on.
    My favourite listening thing is my old vintage valve radio.... just so nice and mellow to listen to. I have a small extension speaker added to it, also vintage, but it is a much higher frequency. The set up is positioned so that my ci hears the higher frequency small extension speaker and the conventional hearing aid hears the main radio. Sounds complex but it works for me.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in It's the Little Things   
    I managed to catch a cold (figures, as I have a four-day weekend) so I'm sitting in a chair at the far end of my bedroom.  The window is open and I can hear the birds in the trees outside.
    The wow part is that I'm at least sixteen feet from the window.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel 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   
    I hope you feel better soon @Mary Featherston.  Enjoy the bird songs!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    Me too @Mary Beth.
    Glad I took a leap of  faith and got the CI. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Karen fudge in Insurance   
    I am a candidate for a cochlear implant. Now it’s the insurance company .. off to see the Dr about choosing the device for me and then the surgeon.. it’s all overwhelming I guess , something you never think you will loose is your hearing Andy how it effects your day to day life . 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    @lizjlong
    I had my worse ear implanted first (it was a long standing completely deaf ear that had not processed any sound for 24 years, but had heard prior to that).
    My bimodal (1 CI and 1 HA) journey went like dancing partners....
    early weeks my HA side led and my CI side was happy to follow
    before long there was a tug of war in my brain between my HA and my CI, both wanting to lead the dance
    then my CI won out and became the dance leader with my HA happy to follow
    by 5 months my HA was a distraction, like carrying around my own noise maker and I stopped wearing it
    at 8 months I received my second CI
    Life is wonderful with bilateral CIs!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Valentin in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    @Mary Featherston Yes, it's great, I recognized them, but for the moment with low tone sound
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Valentin in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    The birds on the trees,  They  listen with a low-tone sings, but yes, I discovered them. 🙂
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Rita Marquez in New to the group   
    Thank you for letting me join.  I have had my cochlear implant since May 2017.  I am about to get my next one in June 2019.  I’m excited but don’t know for sure what to expect.  I hear good reviews on the Facebook Med El group.  I’m hoping for the best.  
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Yup, it'll fly by real quick! I'm looking forward to activation day and see what I hear. The ibuprofen and tylenol are definitely doing its job as I have minimal pain/discomfort today. I do have a minor side effect, but it should resolve itself once the swelling goes down (if I recall correctly per pre-operative consult). I've sent a note to my doctor regarding the side effect to confirm my understanding that it's just temporary and nothing to worry about for now.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    @Mary Featherston
    Good thing you heard and understood her French!  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Which week?
    Last week while we were on vacation we heard a cuckoo outside our cottage window.  Lots of birds everywhere.  The sound of the ocean.  A choir practicing in the cathedral in Coutances.  And in the spirit of Jewel's restroom story, I went into one in the airport in Paris and had to wait for a free stall.  The woman who came out said something to me in French, and I was able to hear - and actually understood - not the whole sentence but recognized a couple of words and understood that the stall was out of paper.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Watersail in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Surgery went without issues. I'm at home now and resting up comfortably. 👍 Hitting up the ibuprofen and tylenol (per discharge instructions) and trying to avoid the prescribed strong stuff.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    Which week?
    Last week while we were on vacation we heard a cuckoo outside our cottage window.  Lots of birds everywhere.  The sound of the ocean.  A choir practicing in the cathedral in Coutances.  And in the spirit of Jewel's restroom story, I went into one in the airport in Paris and had to wait for a free stall.  The woman who came out said something to me in French, and I was able to hear - and actually understood - not the whole sentence but recognized a couple of words and understood that the stall was out of paper.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Favorite sounds of your week!   
    1. Light drizzle outside my house 
    2. Birds chirping away while I'm sitting in bumper to bumper traffic 
    3. Two coworkers carrying on a conversation in separate cubicles in the restroom 
    4. My coworker talking to me while I'm outside washing my hands and she's still in a cubicle!
    None of this was possible a year ago! Happy dance! 💃💃💃💃
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