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Kylie last won the day on May 3

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Under 1 year
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    Cochlear Implant
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  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Sudden Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A podcast while I was getting dressed before the kids were up. Bliss!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sorry I have a windows computer so I don't know anything about Mac. Maybe someone else can help?
  8. 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.
  9. 3 month since activation! Wow how time flies! Time for an update. I wear my processor every waking minute and never like taking it off. I feel like half the world goes dead if I do. Every situation in my life is better with the processor than without. Including noisy rooms. My tinnitus is gone when my processor is on. I get to call myself a cyborg (and I encourage others in my life to do it too, because I am a science geek and I love it) My hearing tests yesterday were outstanding. I have great accuracy detecting words against background noise. And my localisation ability was 12 degrees, which apparently is that of a normal hearing person. Audiologist said my progress was way ahead of expectations. There are plenty of things that are still hard. But I just keep going - I commit to wear it all the time, do my rehab everyday (I really like the angel sounds program). And treat it like an essential part of my body. Couldn't be happier with how this is all going. I really hope for great outcomes for everyone in this thread who was also recently activated. Even at 3 months there is so much you will have gained!
  10. Why did you use it so early? Was it to boost your training? (Assuming your other ear is good)
  11. At which point in time did you start using the artone with good effect? And do unilateral implantees use it? I am 3 months in and generally doing well, but I have not worked out if/when to use the artone.
  12. That is so exciting! I am in Australia with SSD and I recently got my implant, fully covered under government health care. It has improved my quality of life beyond measure. I wish for others to have the same opportunity!
  13. I am now 8 weeks since activation. I am surprised to find that I already have a very clear preference for wearing my processor vs not. Even though its sound is still a bit strange and distorted (though getting better every week), it is FAR better than nothing. The combination of my normal ear with the implanted ear is pretty good in terms of stereo effect, overall volume, and feeling that the right side of my world actually exists. Every time I take it off for some brief reason I really feel that I'm missing something important and it's uncomfortable. This is reassuring to me, and I am more committed than ever to making this work. I wonder if this resonates with others early in their progress too?
  14. Pretty good. Had my initial 4 sessions, now I'm on my own for 2 months to experience the world! Apparently I'm progressing as expected so that's good. I have a big choral concert tomorrow night so that will be a big test.
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