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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Hi Mary Beth -- 
    Thanks for the thoughts -- I did my week in January -- it was great and I hope to do another in 2021!
    F.
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Great week. Josh and team are really warm and friendly and i felt really taken care of. Be prepared for some grueling testing which gets quite tiring ... but they are very mindful of not burning you out. I found the projects very interesting and relevant and they are happy to share as much technical detail of what they are doing as you can handle... So I definitely did not feel like a lab rat. Felt great to be able to contribute 😊
     
    I'll definitely go back next year.
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Hi Marybeth
    I am in Durham as we speak and will be here the whole week. Josh and team are great! Everyone is very hospitable and I feel well taken care of...and we were just talking about you today!🙂
    I think it will be a very interesting week, especially since we'll be doing some music work.
    Med-el Innsbruck was interesting... if not quite as engaged with engineers as I had hoped. More of a facility tour. Great town and I got to meet the folks who built my implant. They were very inspired to meet a recipient as they don't get the chance to see their work in real life too often.
    F
     
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Ear Gear is having a 25% off sale!   
    Wow! Definitely a loose wire somewhere cuz I'm not sweating 7 liters of water on every part of the sonnet🙂
    I'll contact med-el
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Med el in North Carolina got back to me and offered to fly me (and my wife if she wants to come too) to North Carolina for a week to participate in research, so I'm headed there second week of January. I imagine it will entail some drudgery but I am interested in seeing what they're doing and participating. Thanks for the email Mary Beth. Ursula from Austria headquarters has been emailing me too and looks like I'll get a tour and meet some engineers when I'm over there in September.
    Nice the company is so engaged with it's customers 🙂
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    Ford got a reaction from Jewel in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Hi Marybeth -- I would be interested in participating if you could PM me the contact info.
    BTW: I will be in Austria in sept so am currently arranging for tour of Med-El in innsbruk. Hope to meet some engineers too. 🙂
    thanks
    Ford
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Ear Gear is having a 25% off sale!   
    I found it  -- thanks!
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Research opportunity at Med-El North America   
    Hi Marybeth -- I would be interested in participating if you could PM me the contact info.
    BTW: I will be in Austria in sept so am currently arranging for tour of Med-El in innsbruk. Hope to meet some engineers too. 🙂
    thanks
    Ford
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Newly Activated Mapping tips?   
    Hi CT - I asked the Med-El rep and my Audi at my last session roughly the same question...are we supposed to find the loudest comfortable place for all the points (electrode points) and adjust to this? They both said it depends...loud is not necessarily best. It seems too much output/stimulation can cause "crosstalk" between the electrode points which can result in distortion (not sure if this is true...), but especially for us newbies that are just learning to hear with the implant our auditory nerve needs to get used to sorting all the various stimulation. Indeed, the whole mapping process is a bit of trial and error and each change takes time for the brain to adjust.
    I would take Mary Beth's advice and ask the audi what she suggests. In the end I think whatever helps you hear the best is what you need.
    I had them give me a milder program on program 1 and a slightly louder version of the same on program 2, but I seem to use Prog 2 most of the time. It seems that slowly my brain is starting sort out and distinguish more of the this and that...but I can see this will take time.
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Who already has Rondo 2 or is waiting to receive Rondo 2?   
    Congratulations Andy -- I'm excited for you!
    I am now 3 1/2 weeks activated and things get better by the day. These CI's are indeed very strange at first but it seems that even the strange sounds start to sound less strange as days go by. Watching the brain learn to hear with a CI is truly fascinating. No doubt it is a slow and gradual process...but truly life changing I believe, at least it has been for me so far (my wife says it feels like she finally got her husband back 🙂.  
    If you have any hearing left in your non-CI ear (like me) it should help you a lot to adjust even without a hearing aid. I can only imagine what totally deaf folks experience with just the CI in the initial stages.
    I have the Rondo2 and a Sonnet and I use both during the day -- same map on both at this stage. They sound very alike except perhaps for the directionality offered by the sonnets 2 mics.
    Do keep us posted on your progress
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Who already has Rondo 2 or is waiting to receive Rondo 2?   
    Congratulations Andy -- I'm excited for you!
    I am now 3 1/2 weeks activated and things get better by the day. These CI's are indeed very strange at first but it seems that even the strange sounds start to sound less strange as days go by. Watching the brain learn to hear with a CI is truly fascinating. No doubt it is a slow and gradual process...but truly life changing I believe, at least it has been for me so far (my wife says it feels like she finally got her husband back 🙂.  
    If you have any hearing left in your non-CI ear (like me) it should help you a lot to adjust even without a hearing aid. I can only imagine what totally deaf folks experience with just the CI in the initial stages.
    I have the Rondo2 and a Sonnet and I use both during the day -- same map on both at this stage. They sound very alike except perhaps for the directionality offered by the sonnets 2 mics.
    Do keep us posted on your progress
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    Ford got a reaction from Jewel in Advice on Roger/Neckloops   
    Think I will pick up an Artone before I open either of the Roger Devices and give it a whirl
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Newly Activated Mapping tips?   
    Good to know -- I remain hopeful --  thanks!
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Who already has Rondo 2 or is waiting to receive Rondo 2?   
    and thanks for the Roger info Mary Beth
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Who already has Rondo 2 or is waiting to receive Rondo 2?   
    Well Day 3 since activation -- and things are definitely  improving 🙂 I am starting to really hear the upper frequencies of my wife's voice again for the first time in over 12 years...(I guess that's good....just kidding!) -- we actually had a conversation in the car without me taking my eyes off the road (much to her relief).. and slowly words are starting become clearer as the auditory pipes start waking up after so long being dormant. A long way to go for sure but after being so disappointed with successive hearing aids for so long it is heartening to see a technology with so much promise right out of the gate. I previously  played with many configurations over the years on my HA's between omni and directional mics/features ( I self-programmed for last 6 years) and never really noticed anywhere near the difference as I can with the CI (between the R2 and sonnet) -- probably due to such a dearth of auditory information available with the HA's (given my HF loss). It really shows when you have the full spectrum available again.
    I wore the sonnet all day yesterday and then the R2 again this morning and can really appreciate -- and hear the difference -- the directionality of the sonnet. The unwieldy-ness ( is that word?) of the R2 in a noisy restaurant completely makes sense. Those dual mics on the sonnet  really are impressive.  I realize I am running on a super baseline initial mapping and the R2 was simply copied from the sonnet map... but to my newbie ear  it is amazing how apparent the adaptive logic and dual mics are. I can see how omni of the H2 would be good for music, but in a noisy environment trying to follow speech the sonnet  feels like a better option.
    Can't wait until my next appointment in two weeks.
     
     
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Seeking Implanted Musicians...   
    Hi All -- surgery went well I think, at least my surgeon said so 🙂 .
    Day 4 of recovery. Dizziness is getting better and pain subsiding and not too bad. My left ear (implant side) seems totally deaf but if I rub/tap my earlobe I can definitely hear LF there...so I am hopeful that perhaps some residual hearing is left. Dr. told me that with newer electrodes these days my chance of minimal or no residual loss is about 50/50, but perhaps he was just trying to make me feel good...  Right ear seems a bit plugged too...but imagine the whole head is reeling a bit from the anesthesia, meds  etc... and likely tons of fluid in there plugging things up.
    I am setting expectations low but excited to see what this is CI world is all about -- activation scheduled for Feb 14.
    I played guitar today just for fun and could kinda hear alright with just my right ear and HA .... but I am surprised how much my left ear was "helping out" before the surgery even with such severe loss. All is and will be very much a moving target now. 
     
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    Ford got a reaction from MallaRuth in Seeking Implanted Musicians...   
    Hi All -- I am a professional jazz guitarist/bassist and am getting first Med-El CI implant surgery on Tuesday in my left ear. My right ear has profound SN loss too but I have been practicing guitar of late plugging my left ear completely and using HA in my right ear only (to see what that's like in case it is a long path to hearing with the CI). I can still hear enough to play reasonably well with only the right ear....though pitch discrimination has been getting more difficult as time passes.
    I will be working hard to rehabilitate my left ear with the CI to hopefully improve my musical hearing overall but am setting expectations low. Hoping that my 40 years of music experience may help the process.  I would be interested in continuing this thread and will post my impressions as they evolve.
    Thanks for the thread 🙂
     
    Ford
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    Ford got a reaction from Mary Beth in Seeking Implanted Musicians...   
    Thanks Everyone -- the more I read the more I think I am going to go with Med-El (over AB)...too many pluses in that column.
    I assume a good telecoil/bluetooth neckloop will work with most T coil hearing aids? I am wondering why I was getting dropouts on my Bernafons -- usually when I turned my head a certain way... I think the neckloop that comes with those aids use bluetooth to FM and FM to the aids... rather than tcoil....but the aids have t-coil in them too just never used it really.
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