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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in Music with CIs   
    @Mary Beth
    Thanks for the recommendation.
    For speech it doesn't really matter, even in crowds I can usually hear all around me pretty well. It's so good!!!
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in Music with CIs   
    Great topic!
    I enjoy music in the real world very well, but this is with 1 CI and 1 'normal' ear.
    However when I am listening plugged in to my CI it is still musical but strange sounding and I can't always pick the instruments or exact melody, though this is definitely improving. I have an impression of what I'm hearing but not all the details. I am now 9 months in.
    I am currently focusing on the music sections of the angel sounds training as I am keen to improve this area.
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in Music with CIs   
    I have been intrigued by posts about music and cochlear implants recently.  People talk about enjoying music in spite of the limitations of listening with their CIs.  
    My experience with listening to music with my CIs is so different.  I enjoy music because of the listening my CIs have returned to me.  Music sounds awesome and I listen to music every day.  All kinds of music.  In all different settings.
    What is your experience with listening to music with your CI?  Are you enjoying music in spite of your CI or are you enjoying music because of your CI?  Which processor are you using?
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    I had sudden loss and wanted the implant from the start. But if I had any doubt it was erased when I was at a funeral - couldn't understand the speeches properly, and couldn't hear a word anyone was saying to me, even up close, in the noisy foyer afterwards. It was so awful.
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    Makes perfect sense to me @Mary Featherston.
    Finding a way to keep hearing aid audiologists up to speed on the ever changing CI candidacy rules seems to be very important.  
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in Australian HearPeers members   
    Thinking of you all and hoping you and your loved ones are safe from the fires.
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in Artone 3 Max   
    Something is wrong.  Either with the neckloop you received or the telecoil on your Sonnet.
    Did you try to unpair it to your BT device (forget this device) and pair it again?
    Do you have another BT device you can try it with?
    You should not need to adjust any volume via your FineTuner.  You should just be able to use your FineTuner to switch to T.
    Then use the volume control on the Artone itself and your BT device.
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    Kylie reacted to pdk in Initial activation day   
    This mapping method is so different from mine. I will have to talk to my audiologist. I'm glad the medel technique works so well for you. 
    It would be almost impossible to get stats to show which model is best. 
    Let's just say they all do a great job 
    The clock in the hallway is tick tocking loud and clear. Fantastic. 
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in Initial activation day   
    My initial setting was also 'flat' but over the first 3 months that was changed a few times with different levels in each frequency range, depending on which sounds (consonants) I was hearing or missing. It helped immensely.
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    Kylie reacted to pdk in Initial activation day   
    Hi johnl 
    My everyday speech has really become good. I've even been able to use the phone in a supermarket. However my granddaughters voice on the phone is impossible. Some voices are robotic. 
    TV and radio still hard work, unless I use my mini mic streaming device . 
    Percussion works almost perfectly. 
    Mid range piano good. 
    Flute is now good so music with jazz piano is acceptable,  Oscar Peterson works well. The singing voice is very distorted. I do listen to music a lot but it has a long way to go. I expect we will get to like the new sounds. 
    I must say I need to train in a more disciplined way. 
    If you check the forum You See so many people experiencing improvement after years. 
    The only way to go is remember what it was like before. 
    Have a great Christmas break. 
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    Kylie reacted to Lori Martin in Initial activation day   
    I had tears some but when I can hear more clearly that's when I will probably break down.
    Just keeping the faith!
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    Kylie reacted to Lori Martin in Activated   
    Hi to here in hear peers
    I am so grateful for all who has connected here with so many.
    Yesterday I returned to Boston Medical Center for another three hour session and had my processor reprogrammed, for I just couldn't hear at all.
    It's better now and I am in stages 1,2,3,4.
    I could not thank enough for the surgeon and my implant supervisor for all they have done but just for myself but others as well.
    They say it's baby steps through our journey that indeed.
    Merry Christmas to all here in hear peers.
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Featherston in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    Wow that is the best!!
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Featherston in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    I have a CI-borg t-shirt!

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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in Cochlear Implant   
    Well done @Lori Martin for getting this far! It will only get better...
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    Kylie reacted to Lori Martin in Cochlear Implant   
    I made it through the first step.
    Surgery was three hours.
    I am home resting and will have to take it easy for at least a month.
    Next is activation on December 9th.
    Then more follow ups.
    December, January, March
    Hopefully I am done after that.
    Thank you all for being here on this forum.
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in Cochlear Implant   
    @Lori Martin
    congratulations!  Rest easy.  The fun begins at activation!
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    Kylie reacted to Lori Martin in Cochlear Implant   
    Hi all to hearpeers
    I don't know but getting nervous for I head to Boston tomorrow for cochlear implant surgery on Tuesday @ 7:00 am.
    Holly Molly!!
    I am trying so hard to be excited but the anxiousness is so taking over.
    Keeping the faith
    Ms. Lori
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to this forum   
    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...
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    Kylie reacted to Rick H in First post since activation   
    This is my first updated post since being activated on October 29th, I’ve been so busy working I haven’t had a chance until now.  A little info about myself my name is Rick Horton, I’m 57 years old & I live in Everett, Washington. I have profound noise induced  hearing loss in both ears.  My left side was implanted with a Synchrony & the right side I use a hi power HA. I was activated about a week & a half ago using a Rondo2 processor ( waiting for a Sonnet2 as well) . 
    All I can say so far is WOW!! This is the most amazing experience! I was surprised that I was able to understand speech immediately, wasn’t expecting that! Aside from the initial robotic sound of voices I was also amazed at how realistic the voices are! Watching TV  ( no more closed captioning) Tom Selleck sounds like Tom Selleck & Julia Roberts sound like Julia Roberts! Wasn’t expecting that either! 
    I’ve  already had so many wow moments! I can now talk on FaceTime with my daughter! Never been able to do that! & last Friday I went thru a 3 hour class at work that 6 weeks ago would have been impossible! With the instructor constantly turning his back to us to point out slideshow or talking behind his computer monitor where I couldn’t read his lips, I sat at the back of the class & caught every word he said! Amazing!! 
    & soo many sounds that I haven’t heard in 15 years. The sound of my footsteps, running water, & falling rain. Also the sounds of my granddaughter breathing as she sleeps on my shoulder! That one is priceless!  It’s not perfect & I still have a long way to go as far as improvements but I went into this expecting to be disappointed at first & I am completely amazed at how much better I communicate already. My confidence & self esteem are quickly returning & it’s as though my old self is awakening from a long sleep! So thankful for that! 
    I had the first mappings a few days ago & everything is so loud now that it was almost like starting over again but it settled down the next few days fairly quickly. I figure that’s just part of the process! 
    This journey is incredible! Looking so forward to all the coming wow moments!!😁
    Rick H
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    Kylie reacted to Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    That is terrific @Kylie!
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    Kylie reacted to Sandy123 in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Wonderful news. I haven't even being doing rehab really. I will do my third mapping next week. It will be interesting to see how I do. Really hearing well so far.....   Wishing you all the best in hearing.....
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    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!!!
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    Kylie reacted to Tutz67 in Med-El CI users in Australia   
    I am getting the Sonnet and the Rondo 2.  I am curious as to how the sound will differ between them both, and also how/if they operate with Bluetooth - but I guess that is one of the many questions that will be answered next week - I have a 2 hr appointment Monday and 2 hr appointment Tuesday.  Feeling excited and apprehensive at the same time.  
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    Kylie got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Jess from Australia - Mum of Child with bilateral cochlears   
    It was funny - we met in a tennis class and found out that we live 2 suburbs apart!
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