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MallaRuth last won the day on January 5 2019

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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  1. Interesting! Would definitely like to try, and test out the sound quality. I'm guessing that this will use the T setting? I have issues with electromagnetic inteference when I'm out and about, which would put me off. And, as you know Mary Beth, I am now getting this in my house due to moving near to train tracks 😞 such a shame! Some other observations: I've never been a fan of the MED-EL covers, such as the larger ones for plugging in a wired connection. Especially with the Opus 2 and Sonnet; it felt very 'bottom heavy' and fell off easily. I also find changing covers can be a faff. Howev
  2. Thank you - that is so useful to know! I bought some standard over the ear headphones with mic for work calls. The headphones have ANC, which doesn't fully work with me, but it has the effect of muffling my voice to the point where I don't feel comfortable talking in them (although I recorded myself and I know it's coming through super clear!) I need that auditory feedback to be sure I'm speaking clearly! Interestingly, a hearing friend has the same headphones. She said they also make her voice muffled and she sounds like she has a cold to herself, but she got used to it. I guess she doesn't h
  3. I don't really know what to say to this post. I find it - especially the analogy of the scratched glasses - quite off-putting. Cochlear implants are so much more than the sum of their parts.
  4. Hi Mary Beth and all I have recently had my bilateral hearing restored after implant failure on the right side. To celebrate my return to stereo sound, I decided to treat myself to some over the ear headphones. I’ve never owned a pair before. I use the bluetooth earhook headphones. They provide decent stereo sound, cost around £20 and have lasted for four years. However, I fancied trying something a little snazzier that might provide a better overall acoustic experience. After lots of research, I settled for a pair of Skullcandy headphones. I’d initially dismissed them as a trendy g
  5. Hi Anita, welcome! I was recently implanted, too (2nd October, and activated on the 24th). It takes time to recover, for sure. I had around two weeks off work and went back to work last week. I did try to make some time to take short walks every day, even when I didn’t feel like it. I felt very tired and noticed myself moving much more slowly than usual even after I got back to work. I haven’t gone back to my regular hobbies yet, like exercise classes. I think it would be worth asking your audiologist or clinic about the taste issues. I hope that you feel better very soon - and the very best o
  6. @Mary Beth I am looking at Skullcandy. I initially thought they were just a 'trendy' brand. My sister (also with bilateral CIs) has a pair, and they are very good! Her pair is Venue: https://www.skullcandy.co.uk/shop/headphones/bluetooth-headphones/venue - sound quality and bluetooth is fantastic, and they have Tile integration so you can find them via the app! I am tempted to try Crusher: https://www.skullcandy.co.uk/shop/headphones/bluetooth-headphones/crusher-wireless - they use haptic bass, which could be a lot of fun (I'd have to turn it right down for quieter songs and voice/ra
  7. Thank you @Mary Beth! I am going to treat myself to a swanky new pair of wireless headphones... They'll help with rehab, right?! 😉
  8. Hi everybody. Just thought I'd share my situation with you in case it's of interest. I'm a bilateral CI user, had right ear implanted in 2000 and LE in 2010. My RE failed this summer whilst I was on holiday in Rhodes. My implant (well, I thought it was my processor) started switching off at random. I changed batteries a few times, then (using my left processor for spares) I switched the wire, coil, battery pack one at a time. After randomly switching off, the implant would come back on maybe 10 minutes later with a staticky sounding popping nose. After half a day of this, it pretty much s
  9. This is great, Mary Beth! Thank you. I use the ear hooks and I am pretty satisfied with them. They are cheap, long lasting (I’ve had mine for around 4 years) and give very decent volume and sound quality. It would be useful to consider cost and ease of sourcing something as part of this chart. I agree that using the telecoil can be highly inconvenient. This is made worse by needing the Finetuner, meaning that if I need to suddenly switch my program out so that I can hear properly, it’s a faff (e.g. getting on a bus and speaking to a driver). I also find I get a lot of electromagneti
  10. Apologies for the late reply - I didn't get the email notification. I have tried to turn them on. Yes, this is exactly what happened to my Sonnets. It's happened twice, once on each side. Both times, the entire unit had to be replaced. I was told this is a weakness with that model.
  11. Hi All - I am messaging because I have an ongoing problem with trying to 1) even up my hearing and 2) get comfortable with the sound of my own voice. It's at the stage where it's causing problems on a daily basis. I've had my right CI (RCI) for 20 years and my LCI for 10. I got upgraded to the Sonnet on both sides last year. I've always found my LCI much quieter than my RCI. That's to be expected because the RCI has had a 10 year head start and so is going to be much more dominant. Although I've had the RCI turned down and the LCI turned up over the years, they've never evened out a
  12. Thanks everybody for the thoughts. Kinda relieved I'm not imagining it but it's a shame the mic covers present these sound quality issues. I'm noticing it far more since I changed my mic covers for the first time about six weeks ago. A bit of a dumb question. How come we can't clean the mic covers then put them back on i.e. why do they have to be totally replaced? Is it because of the filters you mentioned @Mary Beth? @Mary Featherston do you mean something like this? https://www.connevans.co.uk/catalogue/1233614/Ear-Gear I have a lot of problems with hair rubbing. I have a side fri
  13. Hi all I have a question about sound quality and the Sonnet mic covers. I am convinced that every now and again, I get a just-perceptible dropping off in quality if something has been rubbing the covers. Today, I tried a new hairstyle. I swept all my hair to the side and plaited it. I had to take this out a few hours later because my hair was rubbing so much on the top of the Sonnet that the noise was driving me crazy. Later, when I sat to watch TV, I noticed I had to turn it up a little louder than usual. I couldn't hear voices quite as well, and all sound had a slightly 'tinny' qua
  14. Hi @Geoff Read! I love live music also. I attend a lot of concerts, mainly classical. I enjoyed Messiah at York Minster (UK) very much. The resonance of the enormous choir and orchestra in that amazing space (all the stone) was incredible. I play a woodwind instrument (clarinet) and enjoy woodwind concerts as well. These instruments in particular are very resonant. I think the spaces in which such concerts take place is really important. The last woodwind concert I went to was at my old university, and the concert hall is set up in a way that maximises acoustics, with a round angular shape and
  15. I don't think there is anything wrong with the set. I get up at 6am and go to bed at 11pm. That's 17 hours. I get less than the advertised time of 8-10 hours because I use the bluetooth neckloop a lot. If they do run out twice in a day, then it tends to be at night when I'm watching the TV. Sods law dictates that my batteries are always in another room! I rarely wear clothes with pockets, so it's difficult to always keep the batteries on me.
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