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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Songs   
    Listening to a few of my favourite songs, the sound is definitely improving. I tried claude  Bolling picnic suite and the flute sounds much better. I'm going for a new mapping on July 1, will try and get separate music program. Our SCAN program is made up from 6 modules so I want to make sure I get the least fancy interference possible .
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Songs   
    Squelching along thank-you. Only joking. Small improvements. Speech is really good. Frank Sinatra sounds a little better, but Susan Boyle has not improved (wild horses ).
    Went to a concert and the cello concerto was bad. Percussion great. Listened to young persons guide to orchestra and enjoyed it, very good to relearn all the instruments. 
    Went for a walk up Chapman's peak drive houtbay where I live and listened in amazement to the waves crashing in, perfect. 
    All in all, going great. It's now 3 months since activation. 
    Peter 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Jewel in Songs   
    Squelching along thank-you. Only joking. Small improvements. Speech is really good. Frank Sinatra sounds a little better, but Susan Boyle has not improved (wild horses ).
    Went to a concert and the cello concerto was bad. Percussion great. Listened to young persons guide to orchestra and enjoyed it, very good to relearn all the instruments. 
    Went for a walk up Chapman's peak drive houtbay where I live and listened in amazement to the waves crashing in, perfect. 
    All in all, going great. It's now 3 months since activation. 
    Peter 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Fridge Magnets   
    Thanks Mary Beth 
    I'll pass on the info to our cochlear group. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Songs   
    Squelching along thank-you. Only joking. Small improvements. Speech is really good. Frank Sinatra sounds a little better, but Susan Boyle has not improved (wild horses ).
    Went to a concert and the cello concerto was bad. Percussion great. Listened to young persons guide to orchestra and enjoyed it, very good to relearn all the instruments. 
    Went for a walk up Chapman's peak drive houtbay where I live and listened in amazement to the waves crashing in, perfect. 
    All in all, going great. It's now 3 months since activation. 
    Peter 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Rita Marquez in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    Yes tried spotify but did not find any particular easylistening, I have quite a lot of the cds.
    Just been listening to http://listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/login.aspx
    And it's good . Allows you to play each instrument in the orchestra. Still lots more to listen to.
    Although its for kids, I think it's great.
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    pdk got a reaction from Rita Marquez in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    This could also be fun , just registered and logged in.
    http://listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/login.aspx
    also this
    https://wwnorton.com/college/music/ilg/ENJ_12/BrittenYoungPersonsGuide.html
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    pdk got a reaction from Rita Marquez in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    Someone in our group described the 2nd layer as budgies, pretty descriptive. Yes, try  hear under that layer , the sibilants, you soon begin to pick them up and they slowly join the real speech.
    My last mapping (5th) at around 10 weeks is brilliant, I can now sing to myself again (could do that on 3rd mapping) and wild horses by susan boyle is definitely coming together. For me percussion and piano are best. Piano played fast is almost perfect , but the slower notes "boing". Most voice is still a lot of hissing  and this hollowed out sound, similar to the slow piano. I can hear the words of most of a song. It's going to take longer than the budgies.
    You never know what you will pick up, try it all you will be surprised at what comes out , a perfect passage now and again especially with music you were familiar with. There is masses of Chopin Mozart and Bach piano , hours of great listening. My favorite, Beethoven 5th piano concerto with those delicate piano solos.
    I also think that music will speed the speech comprehension.
    Maybe the more we rave about our progress , it will serve as a wake up call for others, and there is definitely progress (if only it was faster (joke))
    O Yes Live is Best!!!!
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    Listening to various instruments, a fun piece is Peter and the wolf. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    I'll try and find something similar. Thanks for feedback. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Pay or free?   
    . 2. IMAP (www.morefrommusic.org) This program is much more entertaining , but also gives you plenty of challenges. It caters for music appreciation, from basic scales up to 10 or 12 piece orchestras. The small examples feature single instruments. Flute, violin electric guitar and piano. With each piece of music there is a video, you can change the speed , the pitch, and for the orchestras you can selectively listen to each instrument. It has a few fun percussion units which allow you to compose your own piece. It runs on XP through windows 8. You also have to install quicktime and java (from the same site) It's big, 3.4 GB which you download session by session. You download the IMAP part to a folder of your choice and just run IMAP.exe)
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Residual hearing   
    Hi johnL
    Hope all is going well. My CI is amazing but definitely no useful residual. 
    I did try a residual hearing aid but the sounds were almost hilarious. I was and am so happy with the low frequency hearing that I decided to forget it. 
    Peter 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rehab tips   
    Can't fault that Mary Beth. 
    Maybe add, choose a simple challenge and after repetition check for improvement. 
    Say listening to a recorded sentence over and over. 
    For me one of my targets is enjoying music. 
    I listened to scales played on different instruments and I can hear improvement. 
    I find the Angel program very helpful when I learn by myself. 
    join a hearing group near you if you can. You will find someone who is or once was much worse off than you ever thought. If you are doing well you can help someone else. 
    You will find someone to share with. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Residual hearing   
    Hi johnL
    Hope all is going well. My CI is amazing but definitely no useful residual. 
    I did try a residual hearing aid but the sounds were almost hilarious. I was and am so happy with the low frequency hearing that I decided to forget it. 
    Peter 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Jazz trumpet   
    Amazing how different things work for different people. Just listening to baroque duet. Both trumpet and voice a wonderful squelchy sound. I'd love to enjoy Wynton again. 
    Glad for you 
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    pdk got a reaction from Kylie in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    Five weeks behind me. 
    I called the high frequency sounds over speech a second layer. 
    I only figured it out on my third mapping it is all the sibilance from the c, t, and s. 
    It will gradually join together. 
    After my activation I got home played my guitar, not so good. On to the PC and through some of my favourite classical stuff. Drums great, piano not bad. 
    Now drums, piano, tuba, trombone, cello, violin, flute all sounding pretty good. 
    Big orchestral bars a wonderful squelchy sound. 
    Joan Sutherland and Kathleen battle sound good. 
    Normal pop, Sinatra, mel tormey, Susan Boyle all squelchy. 
    I'm going to listen to Susan Boyle every day until it comes right. 
    I think trying to separate 2 semitones is not necessary. If I play a scale I hear every note. If I play f then e on the top string the e sounds higher. 
    If I play a on the top string I hear two separate notes. 
    Two fantastic cli programs. 
    www.morefrommusic.org.
    And 
    angelsound.tigerspeech.com
    They work on xp and win 7
    I could go on but I don't want to bore all of you. 
    Happy listening. 
    Peter
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    pdk got a reaction from Kylie in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    Five weeks down the road I went to a live concert. 
    Wagner the flying Dutchman,, shotakovich piano no 2, and Berlioz symphony fantastic. 
    The whole was amazing. My favourite Berlioz the last part which I know blew me away , almost like before I had hearing aids.  I had removed my left ear aid before the concert. that ear hears about a quarter of the cli. 
    Yes there were a lot of squelches but they somehow got buried. 
    The piano which with recorded music sounds better. At the concert  I could hear the hammer hit the wires on high and low notes. Slow passages distort, plumby. 
    I listened to the same concert broadcast this evening not nearly as good. The loud parts much more squelchy. 
    When I got home I got out my acoustic guitar, it sounded absolutely terrible. 
    So what can I say? Nothing is predictable. I do think good headphones bring out the worst in music but they are better than Bluetooth on the cli alone. 
    .Next Week I'm going to an organ recital .what can I loose. We can go to the rehearsal in Capetown city hall for a good price. 
    Did anyone say life is boring? 
    Happy listening 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in How long after activation will I be able to hear?   
    For me it was immediately. 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Songs   
    After 4 weeks I am going to listen to Susan Boyle singing wild horses at least twice a day until the 'squelch ' goes away. Strange most voices are squelchy but Joan Sutherland, Kathleen battle are almost perfect. 
    Music is going to be tough. 
    Peter 
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