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DaveD

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Under 1 year
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    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Other
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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  1. Hi Mary Beth and thanks for the review. Does anyone know which version of Bluetooth AudioLink supports? I'll be seeing my audi this Thursday along with the Med-El rep. The rep is supposed to have an AudioLink to demo so if anyone has specific questions I should ask the rep, let me know.
  2. Does anyone know if AudioLink will connect to Sonnet and HA in the non-implanted ear? Does the latest Bluetooth implementation in Android 10 and newer Pixel phones impact how this device works? Finally, is there any info on price and availability?
  3. DaveD

    Loving my Rondo2!!!

    @Jewel I'm in Ohio. Completely understand about getting your audi's permission. Thanks again!
  4. DaveD

    Loving my Rondo2!!!

    Hi @Jewel I'm curious what your audi did to make your 'car' map. Would you mind sharing your audi contact info so I can have my audi can get in touch and share notes? I'll be going in on Feb 12 for an adjustment and maybe I could get a map for in the car. When I had the Ear Gear for my HAs, I didn't think they did a whole lot for wind noise but the probably kept them dryer. Looking forward to milder weather to get outside and try some things. Thanks
  5. DaveD

    Loving my Rondo2!!!

    @Mary Beth I'll be checking out the Ear Gear covers. I had them for my HAs and they helped some. I'm thinking that with the Rondo 2 mic under my bike helmet the wind noise might be more manageable. When the snow and ice melt from my driveway I'll find out!
  6. DaveD

    Loving my Rondo2!!!

    Hi All! @Jewel@Mary Featherston@Mary Beth I have been away from the forum for some time but thought I'd chime in with Rondo 2 experience and other updates. With the Sonnet processor I have been doing quite well. Still not totally happy with low frequency rumble and 'sharpness' on high frequencies. Overall, comprehension of speech is vastly improved over HAs. The Rondo 2 with omni map does well but I like having the 'Natural' and 'Adaptive' maps on the Sonnet at times. I think my audi just copied the Sonnet omni map to the Rondo 2. Like others have noted, the Rondo 2 does seem to be a bit loud. Turning volume down with the FineTuner seems to help. Someone (maybe @Jewel) mentioned a map for Rondo 2 for car use. I'd really like to learn more about that and share it with my audi. Also, if there are other mapping idiosyncrasies that I (meaning my audi) should know about, please let me know. I was a little bit bummed that the Rondo 2 didn't come with it's own FineTuner but I learned that it's dirt simple to change the FineTuner from one processor to the other. I really like that I don't have to worry about battery changes all day! Having nothing on my ear is also great. I don't like the microphone sensitivity. Hair that touches the mic cover and wind noise seem much worse than with the Sonnet. I'm looking forward to spring weather so I see how bike riding works out. I had a pretty good system for the Sonnet. I stuffed the processor in a microphone windsock and laid it on top of my head. I held the processor and coil in place with a skull cap then plopped the helmet on. Everything stays in place and wind noise wasn't too bad. I'll make an effort to be more involved on the forum. This really is a great group and sharing of experiences has been so beneficial. Dave
  7. @Mary Beth Hey, thanks for the instruction for using the Inspiro or Touchscreen to set up the Roger receiver. From my discussions with my audi on Friday, I think she understands that one of those devices are needed to adjust the Roger system. My understanding was that she would have one of those for our meeting this Thursday. I don't know if the Med-El rep will bring that or if she will get it direct from Phonak. I'll see (hear) what happens Wednesday!
  8. @Mary Beth Well, I think the electronics and I may be reaching an understanding! I sat down with no distractions (Mass about to start, wife and daughter waiting to start watching a movie) and re-read Avantree and Airtone manuals. I reset the BT xmitter and re-paired it to the neckloop. It seems to be consistent now with re-connecting when power is cycled. I found that sometimes if the phone shows connected the BT xmitter would not connect until I disconnected the neckloop from the phone. I think the problem / confusion may be from inadvertent pairing of the BT xmitter to a 'second' headphone. Anyway, I'll keep using it and hopefully I / it learns how things are supposed to work and life is good. I am less than impressed with the Roger pen. Unless the rep can do some magic with making the pen output a bit higher than background ambient I'm probably not going to mess with it. T-coil on the HA and CI through the Airtone 3 MAX paired to my phone works ok and if the Avantree Privia IIA continues to cooperate I might just say that's good enough until the next fancy tech comes along. Thanks so much for your comments and guidance. I appreciate the effort you've put into researching different gadgets and sharing of your experiences. I'll post results of my next audi / Med-El rep meeting later this week.
  9. @Mary Beth The testing of the Airtone 3 MAX with the Avantree Priva IIA continues. At first, it seemed that everything worked pretty good. I mentioned before that battery life with the neckloop might not be as good as advertised. The factory rep made some suggestions and it might be ok. My main problem is the inconsistent connection between the devices. Usually the neckloop connects to my phone just fine. Occasionally I have to cycle power on the neckloop to get the phone to reconnect. Connecting between the neckloop and the Priva seems to be a crapshoot. Sometimes, I can walk into the room where the transmitter is and the devices show connected. I might leave and come back 10 minutes later and they won't connect back up. Cycling power doesn't seem to help. A few times it seemed to work if I disconnected the neckloop from the phone BT screen. About the only way of consistently getting connected was to actually re-pair the devices. Once they do connect, it's actually pretty good. There still seems to a bit of a lag between the speech on TV and the neckloop. Barely detectable but still there. I don't think the neckloop takes advantage of the low latency capability of this transmitter. Per Avantree, the neckloop needs a particular audio codec that the neckloop doesn't seem to have. If you have any tips or tricks on how to make these two get along, I'm all ears!
  10. @Mary Beth The testing of the Airtone 3 MAX with the Avantree Priva IIA continues. At first, it seemed that everything worked pretty good. I mentioned before that battery life with the neckloop might not be as good as advertised. The factory rep made some suggestions and it might be ok. My main problem is the inconsistent connection between the devices. Usually the neckloop connects to my phone just fine. Occasionally I have to cycle power on the neckloop to get the phone to reconnect. Connecting between the neckloop and the Priva seems to be a crapshoot. Sometimes, I can walk into the room where the transmitter is and the devices show connected. I might leave and come back 10 minutes later and they won't connect back up. Cycling power doesn't seem to help. A few times it seemed to work if I disconnected the neckloop from the phone BT screen. About the only way of consistently getting connected was to actually re-pair the devices. Once they do connect, it's actually pretty good. There still seems to a bit of a lag between the speech on TV and the neckloop. Barely detectable but still there. I don't think the neckloop takes advantage of the low latency capability of this transmitter. Per Avantree, the neckloop needs a particular audio codec that the neckloop doesn't seem to have. If you have any tips or tricks on how to make these two get along, I'm all ears!
  11. @Kara of Canada @Mary Beth So far, the sensitivity function on the FineTuner is disabled. I think the protocol for this audi is to gradually introduce features. Anyway, I saw my audi on Friday. WOW! I explained to her how this persistent low frequency rumble made it very hard to understand speech. She proceeded to change MCL levels. The old map had higher settings at low and high ends. The new map was almost flat across all channels. What a difference! With the old settings I could barely understand her speech even with the HA on. With the new settings, I was fine hearing her even with the HA off. I've still got a 'warbling' sound in the background of most speech but we'll work on that later. Still can't really use the Roger pen much. It works ok but volume level for the phone is too low. She called me while I had the Roger pen connected and in her office I could carry on a conversation but I think in a normal environment it wouldn't be loud enough. She didn't have the device need to change pen settings so that will work until I s her next week with the Med-El rep. The rep will also be bringing the EAS Sonnet to test out. Bottom line: This first mapping adjustment was fantastic. No more sounds of 747 Jumbo Jet from the elevator fan. I can actually carry on a conversation with my wife while driving down the road with the windows open. Jimmy Buffett is sounding more like his old self! I'm confident that things will only get better.
  12. @Kara of Canada @Mary Beth So far, the sensitivity function on the FineTuner is disabled. I think the protocol for this audi is to gradually introduce features. Anyway, I saw my audi on Friday. WOW! I explained to her how this persistent low frequency rumble made it very hard to understand speech. She proceeded to change MCL levels. The old map had higher settings at low and high ends. The new map was almost flat across all channels. What a difference! With the old settings I could barely understand her speech even with the HA on. With the new settings, I was fine hearing her even with the HA off. I've still got a 'warbling' sound in the background of most speech but we'll work on that later. Still can't really use the Roger pen much. It works ok but volume level for the phone is too low. She called me while I had the Roger pen connected and in her office I could carry on a conversation but I think in a normal environment it wouldn't be loud enough. She didn't have the device need to change pen settings so that will work until I s her next week with the Med-El rep. The rep will also be bringing the EAS Sonnet to test out. Bottom line: This first mapping adjustment was fantastic. No more sounds of 747 Jumbo Jet from the elevator fan. I can actually carry on a conversation with my wife while driving down the road with the windows open. Jimmy Buffett is sounding more like his old self! I'm confident that things will only get better.
  13. @Mary Beth Hopefully the audi will set me up with some other programs this Friday. Right now, the programs are just different varying levels of volume.
  14. @Mary Beth Hopefully the audi will set me up with some other programs this Friday. Right now, the programs are just different varying levels of volume.
  15. @Mary Beth Hopefully the audi will set me up with some other programs this Friday. Right now, the programs are just different varying levels of volume.
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