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Everything posted by MallaRuth

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. @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
  5. Thank you @Mary Beth! I am going to treat myself to a swanky new pair of wireless headphones... They'll help with rehab, right?! 😉
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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...
  17. Mine are unpredictable. I use the bluetooth neckloop a fair bit (for music and the telephone) which drains power faster, I think.
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. @Mary Beth good point, I don't know what I have inside. I'll add it to my list of things you've inspired me to ask at my next appointment! My 'old' processor (R) works on my 'newer' implant (L), but not in reverse. My old processor sounds extremely loud on my more recent implant, I think because it's so dominant and must be turned up louder, so it's a painful mistake to make! I have coloured wire twists now to remind me.
  24. @Mary Beth thank you! I'll let you know if changing the mic cover fixes the popping up problem. It may be that the connection that holds it down (in the processor itself) has worn... It will also be interesting to see if it makes a difference to sound quality. It might be like getting improved glasses when you didn't realise that your old ones weren't working so well anymore!
  25. @Mary Beth Thanks, this is super useful. It's good to know you get so much in one kit! I have bought two designs, one for each processor (it's painful when I get them mixed up - do you get that?) so all the options should keep me going for a while. I never use my FM covers and it looks fairly straightforward to trim one down. I will post pics when mine arrive!
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