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    pdk got a reaction from Evren in Here comes a new challenger   
    That sounds like progress....... 
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    pdk got a reaction from Evren in Here comes a new challenger   
    Keep it up Evren, you are doing all the right things  .listening with text to speech will probably get you going the quickest .
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in My opinion - Hold off on CI until the users get better control of adjustments   
    I never use my treble and base settings I sometimes reduce the volume. . 
    I also think that even if one could afford the equipment to do mapping the average person would do more harm than good. There are just too many variables to cope with unless you have extensive training. A CI is not a hearing aid.. There's only one way to go, practice, practice  and more practice your brain will eventually figure it out. 
    Keep on trying, it may take a year but it will work in the end. 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in A WOW moment   
    Yes it is. It's so much better than a hearing aid. Have to continue listening to music. Played an old Harry belafonte CD yesterday and it was sounding pretty good. Although it's not the same most music is enjoyable. I compare it to the early sound of speech with the budgie sounds on top. I used to listen under that higher sound. I try the same method with music and it's beginning to pay off. 
    https://roadtoindependence.co.za/fanie-du-toit/  
    If you haven't found this man, do it now. 
    He's a double implant, has a daily following of 5000 in south Africa. 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in A WOW moment   
    Just had my 6 month mapping session and a program upgrade. Another leap in hearing. I never though it could possibly improve so much  
    Wishing all those starting out as much enjoyment as I am having. 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Just saying hello   
    It's 6 months since activation. I wake up, all is very quiet. I go over to my special overnight storage box. First I put in my hearing aid, not a big difference.
    Then my CI, beep...  And the world opens. The birds are singing in the garden and the next door neighbour's dog is barking.
    I can now hear a watch ticking, bees buzzing frogs clicking. I can have a conversation. I can have a conversation on the phone.
    The magic continues.
    Hope everyone out there is also making progress .
    How is johnl often think of you.
    Peter
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Just saying hello   
    Rehab was just what I wanted. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Hearing differently   
    I think I hear OK after my first 3 months. Will check with my audiologist in case I destroy my present guard if I remove it to test I don't think it will be difficult.
    This morning got up late, 10deg c outside. Approaching the kitchen, an amazing all filling sound, motor noise, high frequency hiss. My wife was using the cake mixer. Finding where the sound comes from is interesting. Walked right passed the machine thinking it must be the washing machine round the corner However I was able to locate the sound by looking for it. I find the sources of a lot of noises are easily found by rotating my head the volume is way louder when facing the sound source. 
    The last few days I have noticed that my wife's voice sounds more distorted in much the same way as a singing voice does. The next door neighbour sounded OK. 
    CI life is fascinating. Once upon a time all I did was just hear..... 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in How long after activation will I be able to hear?   
    Hi johnl 
    I have found reading while listening to text helps. The Angel program provides this with small sentences. You listen to the test, what did that say?? Then up comes sentence plus sound, oh yes, I knew that.... My logic says if I can understand it with the text displayed, it's just a matter of practice. The voices available on google read text very well. I started with the kindle, even though the punctuation was hilarious, it helped a lot. On android I can do text to speech easily. 
    Hope it comes right soon. 
     
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Our CI journeys   
    She told me she gave me 2 settings with increased dynamic range set for the 'Music' program. That means no compensation for noise. I'm really enjoying it. The sound is much fuller. The kettle sounded like a rocket taking off. I can also hear the current radio announcer. All good so far.  
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Our CI journeys   
    Back home having listened in the car where I was listening on speakers and could hear a definite fuller sound. 
    When I got home music on the radio was really better again much fuller sound, still the usual distortion. While typing I'm listening to Beethoven's 5th piano concerto and it's good. 
    My mapping has stabilized, so I have 2 music programs with different dynamic ranges. Needless to say I like the largest setting. 
    It's also great to use all the time at home. I can hear the gas fire which SCAM decided was noise. But in the car I could hear the tyres loudly, so will use SCAN when out. 
    I'm wizzing through my music trying to hear differences. 
    Exciting stuff. 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Our CI journeys   
    Thank you both for fabulous blogs. I'm working on mine. What can I say? I started getting deaf, had some hearing aids, had a CI in my right ear and I can hear speech well. Even after a couple of weeks. It's like you are catching up with me. Having read your blogs, I think even more they should be easy to find. They are so inspirational. 
    Amazing the difference with our mappings. Just tune a few electrodes for softest and most comfortable volume. On the 1st I'm going to get a separate music program with slightly more dynamic range.
    I'll keep you posted 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Our CI journeys   
    Thank you both for fabulous blogs. I'm working on mine. What can I say? I started getting deaf, had some hearing aids, had a CI in my right ear and I can hear speech well. Even after a couple of weeks. It's like you are catching up with me. Having read your blogs, I think even more they should be easy to find. They are so inspirational. 
    Amazing the difference with our mappings. Just tune a few electrodes for softest and most comfortable volume. On the 1st I'm going to get a separate music program with slightly more dynamic range.
    I'll keep you posted 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Our CI journeys   
    Wonderful blogs Mary.. Thanks 
    Peter 
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    pdk got a reaction from Mary Beth in Our CI journeys   
    Thanks 
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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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