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    User of a hearing implant
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    Over 5 years
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    Cochlear Implant
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    Sensorineural
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    Pre lingual Hearing Loss
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    Bilateral implant
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  1. 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.
  2. 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 and they probably never will. However, I DO hear much, much better when I'm wearing two, even if I don't have true stereo sound (what does true stereo sound even sound like? I'm not sure if I know...) One thing I'm particularly struggling with is hearing my voice comfortably with both CIs. This got much, much worse last year so the point where I frequently switch off my LCI when I'm giving talks or presentations. I get really distracted and self-conscious. My voice sounds muffled and uneven, as though it's stuck in my head when I talk. With just my RCI, it sounds much clearer and as though I'm getting proper resonant feedback when I project it. This could either be related to getting my Sonnets, or to having voice coaching, both of which I got at the same time last year. I have been deaf all my life and developed a habit of talking quite far back in the throat (pharyngeal speech). With my better hearing and awareness, I am working on projecting properly and speaking clearly, and listening to myself as I talk rather than feeling the speech. Perhaps this heightened awareness and better hearing has made me more aware of what I'm doing wrong, although I have to add that I have always been self-conscious about my voice. I have never had to take a processor off when speaking, however. That's all a bit long and rambly - sorry! I would so appreciate any insights that this wonderful group is able to share - thank you.
  3. 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 fringe and if I tuck my hair behind my ears, I have to stop walking and untuck it because it makes such a loud noise - literally a thudding sound!
  4. 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' quality to it. I notice this quality appearing every now and again with the Sonnets. Not sure if I'm imagining it... But I'm definitely sensing something. Changing the covers has not made a difference.
  5. 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 lots of wood. You can see the interior here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=jack+lyons+concert+hall+york&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiIz8mRt9bfAhW8SBUIHSduA54Q_AUIDygC&biw=1536&bih=723 I will let you know when the proceedings from the Music and Cochlear Implants symposium are published. There were many interesting talks, and one covered what makes music so satisfying to listen to (factors like harmony, melody, suspense, emotion, timbre) which you may be able to correlate with live music experiences. The next symposium will be in 2020 - perhaps you should suggest a session topic! I found that many of the researchers were surprised by how much we CI participants enjoyed (and were competent in reading/playing) music... http://www.implantsandmusic.net/ Another note (I work in academic publishing). You can retrieve a lot of peer-reviewed academic literature for free these days. Try sites like http://gettheresearch.org/ or https://unpaywall.org/
  6. 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.
  7. I'm the same as Mary Beth with needing to change the batteries twice a day most days. It's inconvenient, and not pleasant going through your day knowing they'll run out at random points. The rechargeables are very easy to swap, though (much easier than the fiddly disposables). I too get nervous swapping them too soon because of not being left with spares - I get through all six batteries most days. It's a great idea to store/carry the disposables plus adaptors as backup. I want to go back to disposables FT but unfortunately my clinic will not support this.
  8. I have two implants and usually the batteries run out at the same time or one after the other. I have Sonnets with rechargeables, and get around 7-8 hours of use. Recently, my right (stronger) ear ran out whilst I was taking questions from a large group of researchers after giving a lecture. I couldn't hear very well at all but managed to fudge some answers, albeit with some slightly bemused looks! In the end, I had to confess, and my colleague took over so that I could go get my batteries! They were all very lovely about it. A much more common scenario is being in the armchair on an evening, watching TV. This is the time my batteries usually run out for the second time in a day. I'm usually feeling too lazy to go get my batteries so I might carry on as I am, using one ear or relying on the subtitles, until my husband starts asking me if I want a cup of tea then realises I can't hear him... 😄
  9. Driving - yikes! Maybe we should have a dicussion topic on 'Stories about times when your batteries ran out'. There would be some hilarious ones, and some hair-raising ones! And it'd raise awareness of how important good battery life and options are...
  10. Mine are unpredictable. I use the bluetooth neckloop a fair bit (for music and the telephone) which drains power faster, I think.
  11. That is very true! 🙂 yes - running out at unpredictable times is not a nice feeling at all. Especially if you're in the middle of a meeting or lecture, or a supermarket/somewhere you cannot change batteries easily. You should be able to get through a day and swap out batteries in the morning, then get on with your day. Fingers tightly crossed for better options from MED-EL in future...
  12. Thanks @Mary Beth, this is interesting to see. I struggle a great deal with the battery life of the Sonnets. The advertised hours are up to 8-10, I found that I am getting 8 and more recently 7. This means that both batteries can switch off suddenly halfway through a working day, making me feel very vulnerable. In my opinion, this is a serious design flaw. No battery for a hearing device should ever last for less than one day. I sometimes have to change the batteries twice if I have a particularly long day.
  13. I can't say it's something I noticed at all! I found the transition from Opus 2 to Sonnet fairly unremarkable (in a good way). I have never tried the Rondo. What is your experience with it, @Mary Beth?
  14. Hi @Mary Beth! I changed my mic covers recently due to that issue I was having with one of them popping up. I didn't notice any difference in sound quality personally. Unfortunately it turned out that the processor itself was broken - the clear plastic part under the mic cover had detached, so I am being sent a new processor. That's the second time a processor has broken in a year; both times in slightly different places but at the top. My clinic said this happens with Sonnets and recommended I don't grip the top at all when I'm removing the battery cover, but I find it hard to remove it when I am only gripping the end of the earhook (also, I worry the earhook or pin will snap). I have never been rough with it, so it's a shame this happens!
  15. I'm really interested in musical pitch training! I'd like to do this in a systematic way, but I wouldn't know where to start. As I've been deaf all my life, I don't know true pitch, but I do hear the difference in notes (even semitones) very clearly. I had a ten year gap between having CIs. I got my R in 2000 and my L in 2010 (I was 23 by then). I still find my R side very dominant, but not necessarily clearer than the L. It sounds louder but I'm not sure if this is a perception thing because I've had it for so much longer and the neural pathways will be massively strengthened around it. It is hard to match them up, especially where pitch is concerned. Together, they sound good and provide good sound. I'm glad I have two because I can definitely hear better - I can hear voices all around me in a meeting, for example. Individually, they sound totally different. I have made an appointment in December to look at musical pitch and trying to do some evening up of the two sides, and will let you know how I get on!
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