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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in 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
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in 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!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Featherston in 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
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    @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!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    @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.
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    @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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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Probably a dumb question, but: neckloop   
    Hi @Mary Beth
    Thanks for the tips and the links. The church FM receivers are normally set up for a person to use just headphones plugged into the 3.5 mm stereo port. In the past I used a Siemens BT xmitter plugged into the church unit. That worked pretty good except for the poor battery life on the church units. I'm sure I'll work something out. The biggest help may be getting with my audi for a mapping adjustment to get rid of the thumping bass. I feel like if that could be managed I would be hearing quite well. Hurry up Friday!
     
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    DaveD got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in Probably a dumb question, but: neckloop   
    @Mary Beth, @Daniel the Stranger, @Mary Featherston
    Just got the Artone 3 MAX neckloop and so far it seems to work ok with my Siemens HA and the CI. The HA seems to have an intermittent problem where it doesn't want to connect right away. It almost acts like a loose connection. I can touch or wiggle the HA and then it comes to life with the T-Coil. I did have to visit my HA audi to get the T-Coil enabled. Definitely not as convenient as the Siemens EasyTek. I have to set the HA program to T-Coil (separate programs for with and without mics) and use the Med-El Fine Tuner to set the CI to one of the T-Coil modes. Once it's set right, the phone streams beautifully to both ears. Phone calls are fine but music is still not wonderful. I'm waiting to set up the Avantree BT transmitter. I received the one that requires USB connection but I decided to get the over model that also has the internal battery. There are times when I think I'd like to have portable connection to BT. For example, my church has a FM system with receivers that have an output for headphones. I can just plug the BT transmitter into the headphone jack and hear the service. At least, that's how I've been doing it with the EasyTek. I'll see on Sunday if my plan works out!
    Does anyone know if CI battery life suffers from leaving T-coil enabled full time? It would be convenient to leave it on T-Coil with mics but not if battery life takes a big hit. 
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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in Probably a dumb question, but: neckloop   
    I've become very dependent on my Siemens EasyTek neckloop. It works great with the phone and streams from a Siemens BT transmitter from the TV. I'd like to stream music but most music isn't very enjoyable. Too distorted with the HAs. Hopefully the CI and the Artone 3 MAX will restore some pleasurable music. I'm thinking I might need a few more mapping sessions and/or getting the brain retrained before music is back.
    Amazon says I'l be getting today the Artone neckloop and the BT adapter you recommended @Mary Beth. I'll let you know how that works out. I'm also seeing my HA audi tomorrow to see about turning on T-coil on my remaining HA. Hopefully that won't disable the EasyTek!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Probably a dumb question, but: neckloop   
    I've become very dependent on my Siemens EasyTek neckloop. It works great with the phone and streams from a Siemens BT transmitter from the TV. I'd like to stream music but most music isn't very enjoyable. Too distorted with the HAs. Hopefully the CI and the Artone 3 MAX will restore some pleasurable music. I'm thinking I might need a few more mapping sessions and/or getting the brain retrained before music is back.
    Amazon says I'l be getting today the Artone neckloop and the BT adapter you recommended @Mary Beth. I'll let you know how that works out. I'm also seeing my HA audi tomorrow to see about turning on T-coil on my remaining HA. Hopefully that won't disable the EasyTek!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Probably a dumb question, but: neckloop   
    @Mary Beth
    Thanks for pointing me to your review. I also appreciate your replies to my previous questions regarding my Siemens EasyTek streamer that I use for my HAs. I've ordered the Artone 3 Max and should be getting in in a day or two from Amazon. I'll be checking into getting my remaining HA configured for telecoil so the Artone can stream to both CI and HA. 
    I'll let you know how it goes!
    Thanks, Dave
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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    Jamming to tunes with the windows down! My Chevy pickup truck rumbles so much at idle through the CI right now I can't imagine being able to hear music at speed. I tried listening to CCR doing SuzyQ but it was all static. That was while sitting at my desk.
    Thanks for the encouragement! I realize it will take some time. I'll keep listening!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    Activation was today! The waiting period from surgery on May 25 until today has been interesting. As I mentioned before, I've had some tinnitus issues. Post surgery fluid in the inner ear seemed to be a big contributor to some of the pulsile tinnitus (heartbeat) and jaw movement sounds. Since the fluid has been draining off those issues are becoming less bothersome.
    Anyway, I'm know hearing with the CI in the right ear and still using the HA in the left. The CI sounds are going to take some getting used to. Mapping refinements and next audiologist meeting may be helpful. Right now my own voice seems too loud and other peoples voices are too soft. I feel there is too much low frequency 'rumble'  and higher frequency sounds are kind of harsh. (Just typing on my laptop makes the CI rumble and I'm not really a key-banger!) Others have said the CI is much better than their HA but I'm not there yet. With the CI alone, I really can't understand my wife. The CI does improve what I get from just the HA so this is a step in the right direction.
    My next audi appointment is in 2 weeks. The Med-El rep will be at that session so I might get additional tips from her for mapping adjustments or training tips.
    Thanks for all the encouragement from this group! I'll keep posting on progress.
    Dave
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    DaveD got a reaction from pakom in BlueTooth streaming transmitter   
    Hi Mary Beth,
    I am still using my Siemens hearing aids with the EasyTek neckloop and the Siemens BT transmitters for TV. This is no perceivable lag between the BT signal and what my HAs process. I'm hopeful that after my surgery (May 25) and CI activation (June 13) I'll find that the electronics with the CI perform as well. From your post, it seems like that might not be the case . I have ordered the Sonnett processor and the Roger Pen with receiver. Keeping my fingers crossed! 
    Dave Detty
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Spring/Summer surgeries and activations   
    Jamming to tunes with the windows down! My Chevy pickup truck rumbles so much at idle through the CI right now I can't imagine being able to hear music at speed. I tried listening to CCR doing SuzyQ but it was all static. That was while sitting at my desk.
    Thanks for the encouragement! I realize it will take some time. I'll keep listening!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Jewel in Hey, everyone!   
    I'm feeling great @Mary Beth! Almost no pain, no dizziness or other discomfort. I posted a more detailed accounting on the Spring/Summer Activations forum.
    Thanks for asking!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hey, everyone!   
    I'm feeling great @Mary Beth! Almost no pain, no dizziness or other discomfort. I posted a more detailed accounting on the Spring/Summer Activations forum.
    Thanks for asking!
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in BlueTooth streaming transmitter   
    Hi Mary Beth,
    Thanks for following up on this. I was pretty sure that the Siemens / Signia devices would not be compatible with the Med-El. That's kind of a bummer. The EasyTek works real well with my HAs and is even pretty much perspiration proof since I get my audiologist to get the silicone cover. I'm sure I'll find something that will let my CI communicate with my phone and other electronics. I like fiddling with technical stuff anyhow!
    Still twiddling my thumbs waiting for my surgery. On schedule for CI surgery on 5/25 and activation on 6/13.
    Thanks,
    Dave Detty
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    DaveD got a reaction from Mary Beth in New HearPeers Attendee: Dave Detty   
    I went to a Med-El meeting in Cincinnati a few weeks ago and they assured me that the Rondo2 would be part of the package! Looks like me timing is spot on. 
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