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    Lynn Agnes reacted to Mary Beth in Rehab tips   
    Recently I was asked to describe what I feel are the most important rehab tips to help us get the most out of our CIs.  I’m sharing them here in case they help anyone and I hope you will all add your most important rehab tips here as well.
     
    -It is important to meet with success so if the task is too difficult at the moment, move down to something easier.  Our brains learn best from repeated success.
    -Shorter, frequent training sessions are best.
    -Focus on your own progress.  It doesn’t matter how fast you progress compared to others.  It just matters that you are progressing.
    -Keep it fun.
    -Train for exactly what you are trying to improve. If you want to improve listening in noise, train listening in noise.  If you want to improve hearing through your processor mics at a longer distance, train using your processor mics at a longer distance.
    -Keep a listening journal and record your journey.  Go back and read it from time to time.
    -Celebrate your WOW moments.  
    -Remember that each CI journey is unique.  Embrace your own journey.
    -Be kind to yourself.  It is okay to feel frustrated at times.  
    -Treat yourself to a break from training as needed.
    -Invite your loved ones to help you train using their voices.  
    -Trust your own instincts.
    -Ask for help or suggestions.  
    -Share your own ideas with others.
    -Keep looking for things to improve upon.  Learning to hear with a CI is an on-going process.
     
     
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from Mary Featherston in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thanks so much for asking!  Since I have good hearing in my right ear and used to ignoring tinnitus in my left ear, I'm finding it's easy for me to ignore the computer type tone and echos that are coming from the left implant.  My audiologist said my job for the first week is to wear it as much as I can and get used to the input coming into my left ear.  This has not been a problem.  I do feel like I'm ready for a bigger challenge, tho and look forward to whatever instructions she gives me next week!  I have played around a little with wearing an earplug in my good ear.  Will keep you posted.
     
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thanks so much for asking!  Since I have good hearing in my right ear and used to ignoring tinnitus in my left ear, I'm finding it's easy for me to ignore the computer type tone and echos that are coming from the left implant.  My audiologist said my job for the first week is to wear it as much as I can and get used to the input coming into my left ear.  This has not been a problem.  I do feel like I'm ready for a bigger challenge, tho and look forward to whatever instructions she gives me next week!  I have played around a little with wearing an earplug in my good ear.  Will keep you posted.
     
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thanks, Mary Beth and Mary!
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thanks for your good wishes!  I am getting the Sonnet.  I have good hearing in my right ear but lost the hearing in my left ear about four years ago, so looking forward to hearing in stereo again, eventually!  I am ready for the world to sound like munchkins or R2D2 or sounds from another planet, at least in the short term! 
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Getting activated Wednesday, June 5!😋  My surgery was May 15.  I am still having some discomfort wearing my glasses due to sensitivity over the surgery site.  My husband observes that the implant may have made my head wider and that is causing tightness with the glasses.  Has anyone else experienced this?  Otherwise, I'm geeked for the turn on!
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    Lynn Agnes got a reaction from VeroNika in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Thanks so much MaryBeth and VeroNika for your feedback.  I find this forum very helpful for the questions I've had!  @Lori Martin:  My process for deciding to get this surgery was that I wanted to feel like I was doing everything I could for my hearing.  It was a great loss to lose my hearing in that ear.  I want to have the best quality of life I can with the time I have left on this earth and improved hearing would be part of this.  Also if I can insure myself against total deafness, should anything happen to my right ear, that is an added benefit.  Best wishes to you!
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    Lynn Agnes reacted to Lori Martin in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Hi Mary Beth
    My choice of Cochlear Implant Is MED EL. I am having my surgery in the State of Boston. Alos in place is a  wonderful team aboard.
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    Lynn Agnes reacted to Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Your story is amazing @VeroNika!  Thank you for sharing.  I’m so happy your CI has worked so well for you even after all those years of deafness!
    My right ear was completely deaf and unaided for 24 years.  I am so amazed at how it hears with a CI.
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    Lynn Agnes reacted to VeroNika in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    Hi there @Lynn Agnes and welcome.to hear peers! 🤗
    Like @Mary Beth mentioned, I am also deaf one one ear - my left, just like you - and hearing on my right ear. Just to give you a little background as to my experience with ssd and the ci: I was born with regular hearing, turned deaf due to an unknown virus at three and got my implant aged 21- rather late, it was believed that the hearing nerve is damaged so I had no hearing aids, at 20 doctors found out my auditory nerve actually is working so - yaaaay - I could get a ci and have been a very happy user since 2011! 
    You mentioned sound localization:
    - without the ci: only possible through some compensating strategies which help in known indoor surroundings, outdoors not possible (no idea where a car is coming from if I don't see it)
    - with the ci: I can - mostly - tell were noises (cars, music,...) come from - hurrray! 😃
    In regards to music:
    I started playing instruments and singing without the ci and can also enjoy  and appreciate music without the ci.but - for me - it was like a whole new music-world opened when I got the CI - I will never ever forget the first time I sang in the choir with the ci, playing the piano to me sounds a lot better with the CI and also I appreciate live concerts more with the ci.at the beginning of my ci hearing journey we had to fiddle with different settings but the Medel technicians were and are awesome about it and we found great settings - and when at concerts I use the fine tuner (a remote for different settings of your ci) to adjust to the type of music that I am listening too. also oit of curiosity at concerts I even tried turning the ci off/on again and with the ci to me music is a lot more enjoyable! 😊 So personally: yes, I do experience music differently, that is: better.
    If there's anything else you'd like to know like strategies for noisy environments or anything else that comes to your mind: just let me know - also I wish you all the best for your decision! 😊
     
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    Lynn Agnes reacted to Mary Beth in Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness   
    @Lynn Agnes
    Welcone to Hear Peers!
    Our friend @VeroNika has single sided deafness and is a superb pianist.  
    Wishing you the very best!
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