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  1. 4 hours ago, 2monkeys said:

    Hello, my 10 year old daughter has SSD that we found out about 6 months ago.  We can’t decide between the Rondo 2 and Kanso 2. Our audiologist said it’s up to us, but we really can’t find enough distinction (that we can understand) between the two. Any recommendations? Do both offer similar types of rehab options? Looking forward to your advice.

    I cannot tell you which way to go. The few posts I have seen about kanso2 have been full of praise ( chosen instead of cochlear n7) However Trying to compare is impossible. I can only say whatever you choose is going to work , it's best to go for the best support you find. (I read a lot of Posts on the forums , there are many success stories.)

    Rehab is the same for any option.

    This is My personal opinion. 

  2. Hi Tim

    I can only add that whichever solution You choose will be the right one. A CI implant will almost definitely improve your ability to hear. Just find support that You like and trust and go for it.

    Mary Beth has furnished technical details for Med-El but I'm sure any one  of the Big 3 can provide a satisfactory solution.

    You have certainly joined the best Forum.

    Good Luck

    Peter

  3. On 6/5/2020 at 4:25 PM, Mary Beth said:

    Hi HearPeers friends,

     

    A dear friend of mine has an appt to be evaluated for a cochlear implant in two weeks.  She is in her 80s.

    I am looking for others who were implanted at age 80 or beyond so she can learn from their experiences.

    Any help is appreciated.  Thanks!

    I had mine 2 months before my 80th  birthday and by the time I get the next one I'll be 81. It's brilliant. 

    Peter 

  4. 14 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    @pdk

    This may be due to listening fatigue.  As your brain builds up its listening skills, this may disappear.  I hope that happens for you soon.

    This topic is getting interesting. 

    I actually thought it happened because I had not been listening to anything while messing on the PC for a couple of hours. After watching TV in the evening voices sounded higher pitched and less robotic. 

    This morning I have a frog in my throat so it's difficult to tell what's happening. My left ear is now so poor that I cannot make a comparison. One good thing is it's not affecting my ability to hear. I'm understanding the comentory on TV without watching it. 

    So now if You See Me walking round the house talking and singing to my self, I'm not madder than usual. 

    P. S.  I thought I could record my voice and then you would be able to tell me if you can hear the difference. 😀

    I must also say that the whole experience is magic and will continue being so. 

    Peter 

  5. On 8/13/2020 at 4:30 AM, Jewel said:

    This week I have noticed that my voice sounds robotic but all external sounds aren't. They sound the way they normally do, like how it was when I had normal hearing.

    I changed my mic cover and although there was a slight improvement, my voice still sounds robotic. Anyone else has experienced this? I can't figure out what else I should do in order to resolve the problem. 

    Tonight my voice and my wife's sound robotic. As they say in south Africa 'yeah well no fine '

    Peter 

  6. On 8/13/2020 at 4:30 AM, Jewel said:

    This week I have noticed that my voice sounds robotic but all external sounds aren't. They sound the way they normally do, like how it was when I had normal hearing.

    I changed my mic cover and although there was a slight improvement, my voice still sounds robotic. Anyone else has experienced this? I can't figure out what else I should do in order to resolve the problem. 

    Hi jewel 

    I also experience voice and TV voices sounding different at different times. I don't really register my own voice. Voices tend to sound more gravelly in the evenings.  External sounds remain clear. 

    I'll pay attention today and check. 

    Peter 

  7. On 8/1/2020 at 3:24 AM, Lori Martin said:

    @Mary Beth Hi it is so challenging, I am most definitely keeping a journal and writing as well just so I can look back with all the hard work that I have put into this along with sounds that I never heard before. That part is most definitely exciting.

    As far as practicing Aural rehabilitation with someone no I am not.

    I am in therapy and have been now for almost three years.

    That's a good idea getting in touch with CI maybe they do have some answers.

    Thank you

     

  8. For me it's no good remembering a good mapping because your perception has already changed. Each new mapping is a new learning curve.. The audiologist is chasing a moving target. 

    The cochlear method of mapping is to set the response of each electrode to the lowest volume a certain tone gives. 

    Then for groups of 3 tones in a select frequency range, each tone is adjusted to sound the same volume. If any electrode gives a bad sound it is switched off. So you end up with the same volume for each frequency. 

    The whole process is subjective. 

    I have 3 programs. 

    A fancy scan program that cuts out noise, probably cost millions in research. 

    Then a straight program no fancy enhancements. 

    A third program for music that has a larger dynamic range and no fancy enhancements.

    The last one I use all the time. The magic scan program gathers dust. 

    16 months down the line and it's still getting better. 

    Still lots of challenges and still smiling 😊

    Every morning when I put on my CI the world of sound bursts into my head. 

    Peter 

  9. On 6/15/2020 at 10:43 AM, pdk said:

    Have been working on my getanearful app for android. Added a lot more training for people who have just started out.

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/getanearful/

    The objective is to provide self training for those with android phones who cannot access the internet easily.

    I have also added medelmagic which uses the 2 matrices that are published in the Med-El rehab documentation, also includes the Ling 6 sound test.

    (select files and touch on medelmagic.apk)

    I have also added references which contain a lot of (for Me) interesting sites and articles for CI people.

    Getanearful is still going to have more added in the near future, waiting for input from 2 professionals working with me.

    Peter

     

     

    I just edited the URL but it still tries to go to the wrong page, the double e in sourceforge still gets called. 

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/getanearful/

    Peter 

  10. Have been working on my getanearful app for android. Added a lot more training for people who have just started out.

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/getanearful/

    The objective is to provide self training for those with android phones who cannot access the internet easily.

    I have also added medelmagic which uses the 2 matrices that are published in the Med-El rehab documentation, also includes the Ling 6 sound test.

    (select files and touch on medelmagic.apk)

    I have also added references which contain a lot of (for Me) interesting sites and articles for CI people.

    Getanearful is still going to have more added in the near future, waiting for input from 2 professionals working with me.

    Peter

     

     

  11. 1 hour ago, Kirk S. said:

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the tip... When you listen to audio books, do you primarily read the text and put your listening on automatic pilot as your read? Or do you listen first and then glance at the text as necessary?  I find that when I'm reading, I seem to hear  everything with almost perfect clarity. However, when I close my eyes and just listen, it seems like I actually understand only about half of what I'm hearing. So that makes me wonder if reading-first is really doing my hearing rehab much good. I suppose that you could argue that as I read, my brain is associating what I see with what I hear.  But I'm not convinced that's the best way to go about it.  I've played sports, practiced music and studied foreign languages for most my life and I know that while studying and practicing are important, PROPERLY studying and practicing are more important. If you or others have any thoughts on this, i'd appreciate if you'd let me know. Thanks!

    Best,

    Kirk

     

    Mary Beth has it right for serious practice. But to enjoy the book read as you listen. yes if you can see the text the sound is perfect. If you have an android phone check 

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/bendmyear

    It's the sentences from angel. You only see the text if you display it. With the American accent, I have to repeat a lot of the sentences, but as soon as I see the text I can understand it. 

    Sometimes when listening to an audio book the reader puts on an accent and I have to repeat the paragraph to understand it. 

    Peter 

     

     

     

  12. Hi Kirk 

    Reading along with listening makes a big difference. After a year some women's voices and childrens voices sound odd. Television and radio voices some times sound gravelly more so since my last mapping. But I can mostly understand them. For me perception happens in jumps, I suddenly realise that a sound has come right. I can hear my granddaughters voice over whatsapp now. 

    Music is another story. Percussion and piano, so Bach Brubeck and Peterson. 

    Flute and clarinet starting to sound like they make music. It's been an amazing year for me. I marvel at it every day. Everyday sounds are back to normal. 

    Detecting where a sound is coming from is hilarious. My left ear is pretty useless except with headphones so music is getting better all the time with the headphones. 

    So keep up the practice. 

    Peter 

  13. All that would be needed is a USB connection to the CI and a program to read and transmit the data. So you would have to buy the cable and download and run the program. It could work from a phone. The audiologist would need a special interface as well. Communication via whatever, no big deal. So why are we waiting?? 

    Peter 

  14. I cannot see how this would be remotely possible. The processor has to be connected to a PC to be able to adjust the settings. The only solution as I see it, is to setup an effective practice routine. I think that practice helps your brain to adjust so that when you have your next mapping it will be that much more effective. And when you have that mapping you begin again on a better plateau. After a year I still experience change. .

    Peter 

  15. 5 hours ago, Tommy C said:

    I agree with JohnL, I would make the decision based on what I thought would be better for the implanted side. I had only 12% of my hearing left. The right side was just slightly better than my left, so my left got the implant. I too worried about how the hearing aid on the right was going to work with the implant on the left. Now, five months after the activation, I very seldom even put the hearing aid on because I can not tell that my hearing is any better with it. I am happy with just the implant. May want a second implant down the road but for now I am happy as it is.

    Keep wearing your hearing aid, I think it's very important. I manage with my CI when the hearing aid battery packs up, but when I put on my headphones that hearing aid is working and keeping my brain receiving sounds. 

    Peter 

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