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Kylie

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Yes
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    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
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    Other
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Sudden Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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    Australia

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  1. Thanks @Mary Beth and hello @Julie F! I have been activated for 6 months now, using a Sonnet, after a year of SSD from a sudden illness. My other ear has excellent hearing. This poses an interesting problem in that rehab requires isolating the CI so the good ear doesn't cheat. So as mentioned in previous post, the best way is to plug in using the cable. Which was practised during my initial visit with the audiologist. I do that nearly every day and it is very straightforward. However I do not use any other tech devices (nor was I offered any in my package so I haven't had reason to try) because in everyday situations I use the combined hearing power of my good ear plus CI. But if I had a free device I would certainly take it and play with it! I just have no opinion on what might be most useful. I am keen to hear if anyone else is using them with SSD...
  2. I wanted to post a 6 month update, saw Audi yesterday for testing. Best News! Ahead of all expected milestones! Even scored 'normal' on the speech in background noise test. Audi said there is nothing more she could hope for, and we'll re-test at 12 months. Functionally my hearing is not 'normal' or perfect but it's pretty damn good. I can operate in most environments without undue stress, maybe more focus than previous. I'm working on the music modules now in angel sounds - that is hard and the area I most want to improve now. More rehab!!!
  3. It was funny - we met in a tennis class and found out that we live 2 suburbs apart!
  4. Yes you're free to go exploring the world - I wouldn't think you will need your audiologist during the week, between appointments.
  5. This morning my 10 year old son tried to sneak up on me while I was getting dressed. It's a game he plays sometimes when I think he's still asleep. He even put socks on to dampen his foot steps. But I heard him and caught him first! It was so funny!! I never used to hear him with one working ear.
  6. I have had a terrific experience with Fiona Stanley hospital in Perth. All covered under public health. And they only use Medel as far as I know.
  7. My audiologist said an interesting thing to me at my last visit that seemed counter intuitive at first. (I'm 4 months in). She said try not to use the controls unless really desperate - instead make my brain learn to make the adjustments. As it does in normal organic hearing. She said it may be hard but over time it will work out. So I've been following this and it is interesting. I definitely use the controls at times in the most challenging environments but try to minimise it. I can tell though that my brain is starting to sort out some types of background noise. I think she's right that perseverance seems to be the key.
  8. I have a recent CI (4 months since activation) after suffering sudden hearing loss last year, with an inner ear infection. I'm 39 years old. I went straight to CI and didn't do the other surgical options because they seemed inferior for the overall hearing experience. So while I can't compare them I do think I'm getting a realistic type of sound (the quality of which is improving daily). My brain is learning to filter environmental sound, music is getting better, multiple conversations are possible etc. I choose to do my rehab after dinner when the kids are in bed, or occasionally while they are at school if I have some free time on a non-work day. I am not as committed as @Mary Beth to do multiple sessions per day! But I'm getting fantastic results with 20mins per day. I predominantly use the angel sounds software on my Surface, which works great. Also I've started listening to documentaries and TED talks with and without captions. I don't have an iPad either but there's bunches of good stuff available still. If you go down this path there are great recommendations on this forum on the rehab pages. Whatever devices you have, there will be programs you can use.
  9. A podcast while I was getting dressed before the kids were up. Bliss!
  10. I also found that my tinnitus, which was very loud, is not at all noticeable when wearing my processor. I can still sense it when I go to bed but it's fading, I forget it's there some nights.
  11. I hope you can get the Mac desktop version working too, as the app is very limited. I did try that first but it didn't last me long. A good start though.
  12. Sorry I have a windows computer so I don't know anything about Mac. Maybe someone else can help?
  13. Yes I'll look at these options for both sides, thanks @Mary Beth. Also I have the neckloop in my kit and am trying to work out if it had any use for me...? For training I like being cabled.
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