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Vera last won the day on December 30 2018

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
  • Implant Period
    1-2 years
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Unilateral implant
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    United Kingdom

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  1. @Mary Beth Hi Mary Beth. Glad you like it. Chapter 6 doesn’t work on the website, though. I can find it via YouTube OK but not on the Medel site. There is a button for Chapter 6 but nothing happens when you click on it. No doubt will be sorted after Easter. Vera.
  2. Hello Joseph. I live in Skipton, in northern England. I’d go to my GP or indeed to the nearest Cochlear Implant Centre and explain the problem. The National Health Service is the provider for almost all CI users here. They run regular follow up services for us, after the initial year of rehab is over, usually to see an audiologist once a year for a check/remap if necessary etc. I don’t think there is a limit to this in terms of numbers of years since the implant. I have a friend who moved from a different part of the U.K. after getting her CI and she just transferred to the nearest centre after she moved. I don’t see why that wouldn’t be the case for someone who got their implant in another country. I know you said you didn’t want to burden the NHS but, given that almost all of us have implants paid for by the NHS, I don’t think there is an infrastructure of private audiologists specialising in CIs that you might find in other countries. You could also contact the National Cochlear Implant Users Association and ask them or indeed contact the MEDEL U.K. people in Sheffield, who I’ve always found enormously helpful and supportive. Good luck. Vera
  3. I leave mine just on one main setting. I’m not even sure what it’s name is. One of the joys of the implant, for me, is not having to switch settings, use loop systems etc. I just put it on and leave it on. i had a Roger pen from before the implant. I always used it then when I was a passenger in the car and, towards the end, at most talks I went to. Now I just use it in the car when I’m driving (in the past even the Roger pen wasn’t good enough for that situation......if I had a passenger we just didn’t talk).
  4. A free booklet would be a great idea. Actually, I think the best advice I had was to leave the car radio on all the time when I was driving. It just became a habit and, bit by bit and VERY slowly, I understood more and more. I’m more comfortable in noise than a lot of other CI users I meet and I put it down to my “car work”.
  5. Hello @Mary Beth Yes, the material from the hospital was very helpful in the first few weeks. After that I enjoyed using AngelSounds, as well as putting myself in lots of everyday listening situations (especially in noise). The hospital material started with passages for Nigel to read out, for listening practice. On the film you can see them asking me to say what the last word was the person had spoken, but I found that very easy straight away so didn't do much of that. Then there was sentence building, where the partner starts with a phrase then add bits to it. So....he's late....he's late again.....he's going to be late again......etc and you try to understand without lip reading. Another variant was a series of sentences linked to a particular scenario, so sentences you might hear in a Post Office. Then there were exercises designed to highlight a particular consonant sound, so... for the f sound......is it...that's a life.....or....that's a lie? Is it.......that's a small calf....or....that's a small card. I have quite a thick folder of these exercises. I've been very lucky that my Cochlear Implant Centre, in Bradford UK, is such a good one and the follow up is excellent. I didn't realise until I started connecting with people in other places that this isn't universal. i know Med-El has some material online that is similar. Perhaps it would be helpful if they produced more??? Vera
  6. Hi Joan. So what would you give as your tips for finally conquering the telephone? My telephone practicing has largely stopped but I've made a resolution to have another concerted go at it in 2019.
  7. Hello Jewel. Yes I do. Sound feels much better to me when I have both sides in play, even if the hearing aid side is very, very deaf! It also means I have quite reasonable directional hearing. Not for birds (too high pitched - that only comes in via the implant) but for speech I can usually tell what side sound is coming from. Vera.
  8. Hi Mary Beth. Thank you so much for sharing these. I’ve just now joined HearPeers and look forward to getting involved. Vera.
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