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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Featherston in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Birds outside my window - a really nice sound! :)
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Thank you @marybeth!! Sorry I've been quiet for a while...but how did one great Austrian once say - I'll be back ;)
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    VeroNika reacted to Dave in Pittsburgh in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Sound of the ocean when we go to the beach 🏖 in Florida 
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Always great to see you here @VeroNika!
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Birds outside my window - a really nice sound! :)
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    @Dave in Pittsburgh
    Rondo 2 uses omni mic setting always.  Sonnet can use omni mic setting if our audiologists make an omni program for us.  Then it should pick up the doorbell from the second floor too.
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    VeroNika reacted to Jdashiell in First sound you heard today...a little fun   
    Well we managed to escape the monster Dorian that wreaked havoc of the Bahamas and the North florida coast as is continues to move northward.
    There was a lot to prepare for and later restore to normalcy.
    I pray for the people in the current path and and beyond.
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Julie72 in Newly implanted 5-year old   
    Hi @Julie72 - let me start by wishing you and especially your daughter all the best for her haring journey! 😊 Like @Mary Beth said I am ssd and use a concerto/opus 2 by Medel for my deaf ear!my opus 2 came with a connection cable that lets you directly connect the processor with things like an iPod/smartphone/laptop and found that helpful for training, as otherwise, when training, you always hear with your hearing ear as well (note: I was told not to use that cable when devices are being charged).so I would listen to music/audio books I like with that cable to train just the hearing through the processor!However I am sorry - I don't know of any specific child-friendly training apps and, as I don't use a Roger pen I can't say anything about the specifics of how that gets along with ssd!if there's anything you'd like to know about ssd and things like going to school, tips for noisy environments, etc. just let me know and I am happy to help! 😊
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Like @Mary Beth I want to wish you, @Lynn Agnes and @Lori Martin all the best!! : )
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Wishing you the best @Lori Martin!
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    VeroNika reacted to Lynn Agnes in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Thanks so much MaryBeth and VeroNika for your feedback.  I find this forum very helpful for the questions I've had!  @Lori Martin:  My process for deciding to get this surgery was that I wanted to feel like I was doing everything I could for my hearing.  It was a great loss to lose my hearing in that ear.  I want to have the best quality of life I can with the time I have left on this earth and improved hearing would be part of this.  Also if I can insure myself against total deafness, should anything happen to my right ear, that is an added benefit.  Best wishes to you!
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Lynn Agnes in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Hi there @Lynn Agnes and welcome.to hear peers! 🤗
    Like @Mary Beth mentioned, I am also deaf one one ear - my left, just like you - and hearing on my right ear. Just to give you a little background as to my experience with ssd and the ci: I was born with regular hearing, turned deaf due to an unknown virus at three and got my implant aged 21- rather late, it was believed that the hearing nerve is damaged so I had no hearing aids, at 20 doctors found out my auditory nerve actually is working so - yaaaay - I could get a ci and have been a very happy user since 2011! 
    You mentioned sound localization:
    - without the ci: only possible through some compensating strategies which help in known indoor surroundings, outdoors not possible (no idea where a car is coming from if I don't see it)
    - with the ci: I can - mostly - tell were noises (cars, music,...) come from - hurrray! 😃
    In regards to music:
    I started playing instruments and singing without the ci and can also enjoy  and appreciate music without the ci.but - for me - it was like a whole new music-world opened when I got the CI - I will never ever forget the first time I sang in the choir with the ci, playing the piano to me sounds a lot better with the CI and also I appreciate live concerts more with the ci.at the beginning of my ci hearing journey we had to fiddle with different settings but the Medel technicians were and are awesome about it and we found great settings - and when at concerts I use the fine tuner (a remote for different settings of your ci) to adjust to the type of music that I am listening too. also oit of curiosity at concerts I even tried turning the ci off/on again and with the ci to me music is a lot more enjoyable! 😊 So personally: yes, I do experience music differently, that is: better.
    If there's anything else you'd like to know like strategies for noisy environments or anything else that comes to your mind: just let me know - also I wish you all the best for your decision! 😊
     
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Your story is amazing @VeroNika!  Thank you for sharing.  I’m so happy your CI has worked so well for you even after all those years of deafness!
    My right ear was completely deaf and unaided for 24 years.  I am so amazed at how it hears with a CI.
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Hi there @Lynn Agnes and welcome.to hear peers! 🤗
    Like @Mary Beth mentioned, I am also deaf one one ear - my left, just like you - and hearing on my right ear. Just to give you a little background as to my experience with ssd and the ci: I was born with regular hearing, turned deaf due to an unknown virus at three and got my implant aged 21- rather late, it was believed that the hearing nerve is damaged so I had no hearing aids, at 20 doctors found out my auditory nerve actually is working so - yaaaay - I could get a ci and have been a very happy user since 2011! 
    You mentioned sound localization:
    - without the ci: only possible through some compensating strategies which help in known indoor surroundings, outdoors not possible (no idea where a car is coming from if I don't see it)
    - with the ci: I can - mostly - tell were noises (cars, music,...) come from - hurrray! 😃
    In regards to music:
    I started playing instruments and singing without the ci and can also enjoy  and appreciate music without the ci.but - for me - it was like a whole new music-world opened when I got the CI - I will never ever forget the first time I sang in the choir with the ci, playing the piano to me sounds a lot better with the CI and also I appreciate live concerts more with the ci.at the beginning of my ci hearing journey we had to fiddle with different settings but the Medel technicians were and are awesome about it and we found great settings - and when at concerts I use the fine tuner (a remote for different settings of your ci) to adjust to the type of music that I am listening too. also oit of curiosity at concerts I even tried turning the ci off/on again and with the ci to me music is a lot more enjoyable! 😊 So personally: yes, I do experience music differently, that is: better.
    If there's anything else you'd like to know like strategies for noisy environments or anything else that comes to your mind: just let me know - also I wish you all the best for your decision! 😊
     
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Jewel in POLL: Top of your Med-El Wish List   
    And the thing I am 2ndly most forward looking too is also mentioned in the poll: direct streaming from.phone to processor, that would also be awesome! 😃
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in POLL: Top of your Med-El Wish List   
    And the thing I am 2ndly most forward looking too is also mentioned in the poll: direct streaming from.phone to processor, that would also be awesome! 😃
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    VeroNika reacted to Jewel in POLL: Top of your Med-El Wish List   
    I wish the fine tuner was actually an app on my phone so I don't have to travel with a fine tuner and a mobile phone! 
    Also the vain part of me would like to see a smaller BTE processor lol! 
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in Single sided deafness   
    Welcome to hear peers, @segoro72!like @maryBeth said I am single sided deaf and got implanted in 2011 - so if you've got any questions, please feel free to ask!
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in Single sided deafness   
    Welcome @segoro72
    We do have single sided deaf members.  I will tag a few for you.  Wishing you the best!
     
    @VeroNika
    @Gemma
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in Test: Polls   
    @VeroNika
    This one is closed because it was a test but we have 2 polls open....
    How long have you been implanted poll
    and
    Which processors have you used
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in Newly implanted 5-year old   
    Hi @Julie72 - let me start by wishing you and especially your daughter all the best for her haring journey! 😊 Like @Mary Beth said I am ssd and use a concerto/opus 2 by Medel for my deaf ear!my opus 2 came with a connection cable that lets you directly connect the processor with things like an iPod/smartphone/laptop and found that helpful for training, as otherwise, when training, you always hear with your hearing ear as well (note: I was told not to use that cable when devices are being charged).so I would listen to music/audio books I like with that cable to train just the hearing through the processor!However I am sorry - I don't know of any specific child-friendly training apps and, as I don't use a Roger pen I can't say anything about the specifics of how that gets along with ssd!if there's anything you'd like to know about ssd and things like going to school, tips for noisy environments, etc. just let me know and I am happy to help! 😊
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    VeroNika reacted to Hearing Again in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    WOW MUSIC MOMENT!  Haven’t been able to pick up my violin since December 7, 1994. My personal Pearl Harbor day. That was the date of my first of what would turn into thirteen brain tumor surgeries, causing my hearing problems. The day since I have never been able to play my violin again.  CI implanted in September of this year, activated in October. Reading all this great stuff about music, I can dream of someday soon when I can again pick my violin up and make her cry and sing like she used to. 
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    VeroNika reacted to Mary Beth in Guide for a music rehabilitation: step by step.   
    @Hearing Again
    I understand completely although your musical skills far exceed my own.  Check out Beats of Cochlea on YouTube.  For the past several years Med-El has run a contest for a paid trip to participate in it.  My friend @VeroNika participated a couple of years ago.  She is an amazing pianist who composes her own music!
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hello from Australia   
    @matt - would be great to meet up in Graz next year, looking forward to it! 😃But how come, you as an Aussie have your bike stored in sinabelkirchen?what kind of bike do you ride?
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    VeroNika got a reaction from Little_chooky in Hello from Australia   
    Hi @Little_chooky Caroline,
    Happy to reply! :) Oh well, browser-stuff like that happens every now and then... (btw: a little later it turned up again but I had already rewritten it ;) )
    Yaaay, so you now some German, that's awesome! :D Well our official language is also "German" but "Austrian German" - and our German is quite different than the German's German - at least spoken. Written it's quite the same and we understand them easily when they talk but our many different dialects kind of give them a hard time! ;)
    I sort of hear regular on my right ear - I say sort of as I also have tinnitus on my right ear (due to acute hearing loss in my right ear in 2016 which happened due to Lyme's disease, no detectable tinnitus on my left ear) and, simliar like yours, it reacts to noisy environment, so I'll include tips for that in my top  5 for SSD (for that I am not considering the CI, but rather how it is without it):
    1. when talking to people I like them to be opposite or on my right side (so that my "good" ear is closer to them speaking), I am also aware of lightning (wanting there face to be nicely in light, so that I can do lip reading more easily as well as better reading their body language, which also helps), the room itself, carefully choosing where I sit or stand when talking to people (also, like when going to a restaurant I like to be proactive and choose the seat that's best in regards to hearing)
    2. letting people know - I feel that trying to understand in noisy environments often is quite difficult at itself and I feel that when I let people know they are more understanding but - somewhat even more important - it eases my personal stresslevel in these situations (however: for important talks I would carefully chose the sound setting, I would not have important talks in noisy environments, or with a lot background noise or in rooms with bad acoustics)
    3. In Austria we have a hearing aids and hearing protection company called Neuroth - they make these amazing hearing protection pieces, that are custom made to fit your ear and then you can put little filters in these pieces that will for one protect your ear and eardrums from too much noise and two (which is the amazing thing) will also help with understanding, as they sort of turn down nasty noises while still letting you understand speech clearly as well as letting you enjoy music or so. I use these a lot (I also have one set for my deaf ear, as I feel that I still want to protect my eardrum - this may sound weird to some people, but it's just my way of taking care of my deaf ear too, which is important to me :) ) in like restaurants, in loud cars, when on a plane (not while starting / landing due to the changing pressure, but when at flight hight I like them), train/bus stations, etc. -> AND: for me they come in super handy with my tinnitus, as usually when I'm in loud hearing situations my tinnitus turns up afterwards. When using these for me the tinnitus doesn't get as loud later. -> These handy little Neuroth-Protection-Pieces were somewhat pricey but I love them. Maybe that is something that could help you cope with your tinnitus as well? I'm certain that Australia would probably have something simliar! If you want, I can photograph them for you so that you can get an idea of these things. :)
    4. Taking care of my hearing ear. Protecting my hearing ear from loud noises is very important to me. But also taking care of it in the way of getting some "hearing rest" during the day. Like for example when I am on a full day training course, where I have to listen a lot, I like to take the breaks not to talk or listen to others but rather to relax my ear, go to a quiet room, go out in nature (I find the calm of nature and nature sounds very relaxing to my ears), or whatever feels comfortable.
    5. Being patient with myself and my hearingloss and aknowleding that with it a regular day takes me more energy than it may take a person with regular hearing. So I like to make sure I get enough "hearing-breaks" and relax my hearing so that I have enough "listening-strength" throughout the day.

    I hope you find these top 5 useful - let me know, if you'd like more info (for example on strategies I use to sort of be able to detect the origin of sounds, cell phone, etc.)! :)
    In regards to CI stimulus/regular stimulus and how my brain copes: it does just fine! ;) Yes, left cI-ear is a little different but me and my brain don't mind - I feel it even helps me in telling where sounds come from. Also it's not like super-duper-different, it's just that - to me - on my left ear I don't just "hear" sounds I also sort of "feel" them - but it's hard to describe. I know that there still are many concerns out there about SSD and CI and how does it all work - I can only speak for myself, but all I can say is that it work's just awesome and I personally love my CI and would every day choose it again! :)
    cheers from Graz, Veronika
     
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