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    Watersail got a reaction from phobos512 in Soon to be bilateral or considering bilateral   
    I'm considering going bilateral. It's been my plan since the beginning. I'm just not sure when. I know I'm doing better with speech than when I started. Even with speech in noise. Listening on the HA alone, it's amazing how different it is. By itself, the HA is so muffled, unclear, blurry sounding, and missing a lot in comparison.
    But, I'm a long way from what I originally expected. I still have trouble separating layered sounds. Music is still a challenge and feels like I'm missing a lot. And some sounds are overwhelming like running water or crinkling paper. It's like what they say about how to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice.
    Still, understanding speech is my priority. So I'm still in a debate with myself: do I wait for the CI ear to be more "natural", or do I keep forging ahead and get the second CI.
    It's nice to know how other people reach their decision point. This discussion topic is great for that.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Soon to be bilateral or considering bilateral   
    I'm considering going bilateral. It's been my plan since the beginning. I'm just not sure when. I know I'm doing better with speech than when I started. Even with speech in noise. Listening on the HA alone, it's amazing how different it is. By itself, the HA is so muffled, unclear, blurry sounding, and missing a lot in comparison.
    But, I'm a long way from what I originally expected. I still have trouble separating layered sounds. Music is still a challenge and feels like I'm missing a lot. And some sounds are overwhelming like running water or crinkling paper. It's like what they say about how to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice.
    Still, understanding speech is my priority. So I'm still in a debate with myself: do I wait for the CI ear to be more "natural", or do I keep forging ahead and get the second CI.
    It's nice to know how other people reach their decision point. This discussion topic is great for that.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Do you use a dry kit? Which one?   
    I also have the DrySpace UV. It's nice that it's USB powered so I could use my USB powerbank for my trips (camping/sailing). Though I need to test and find out how much battery it takes for one cycle before I do. 
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Share a recent WOW moment   
    This morning I had a mini-family reunion over Google Meet. Mainly because of the auto-captioning feature. But I did find myself using the captioning not as a primary means of understanding, but as a fallback means. Meaning that I could listen and understand other family members and only fall back to the captioning when I'm not latching on. No way I could that with just hearing aids before.
     
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    Watersail got a reaction from Kylie in Do you,or I should ask...have made peace with being deaf/hearing impared?   
    I lost most of my acoustic hearing when I was a baby. Since I grew up with it, I didn't really have a mourning since I didn't really experience hearing beyond hearing aids. Even still, with hearing aids, it was ok but not great. I'm pretty much a deaf person in a hearing world, which means I've been extremely reliant on hearing aids and have relied heavily on sign language interpreters (they're amazing rock stars) in my education.
    Life will raise challenges that hearing people do not usually have to contend with. It's the attitude that I take on that will allow me to rise above the challenge. One of the life skills that I've acquired is that when a situation arises, I don't panic, I just go along with the situation until I learn enough to figure out a way to use accommodations, utilize people, or skills to get past it. There will be nay-sayers that will say "oh, no, you can't do that because of your hearing loss." But, that's when I roll up my sleeves and show them that I can do just about anything I set my mind to.
    A couple years ago, I started noticing I wasn't hearing as well in my left ear with my hearing aids. I went to audiologists, had new hearing aids, tuned them, etc. It didn't help much. Losing performance in my left ear gave me pause because I started thinking about how much different my life would be with only one ear to do all the listening in meetings, talking with family at reunions, and being out with friends, etc. That's when I realized it was soon coming to an end for the left ear and started to heavily consider cochlear implants. I reached out to different support groups, talked with people (audiologists, CI users, etc). After learning more about CIs, I "told" my left ear that I'm proud of how far it has taken me in life, doing the best it could, but now it's time for it to have help beyond hearing aids.
    It's been a year since I've been activated. Hearing people have been easier than before with hearing aids, but I still have a long way to go. I'm still utilizing the life skills I've learned along way and it has helped me so much.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone   
    That is a great plan. I have two neckloops. I used to keep one at work but with COVID-19, I brought it home and use it exclusively with my work computer and conference calls. Sometimes I forget which neckloop is paired with which device and end up trying to figure out why the neckloop I'm wearing isn't giving me sound. Ooops, it's the other neckloop I wanted to wear.  
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Tinnitus and CI   
    I've noticed my tinnitus 3 months after implantation/activation. It was a sudden onset and LOUD. Fortunately, with the CI, it isn't as noticeable. And 9 months after, it has quieted down overall, even without the CI. It's still there, but much more tolerable. And with the CI on, I don't notice it at all.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Missing the true sound of music   
    I'm a year in with a CI and music is still very challenging for me. It's certainly a journey that is improving over time, but doesn't sound nearly like what it did with a hearing aid, yet. It's being persistent and having repetition of the songs playing that helped my brain decode the signals from the CI. I found it most useful to listen to simple songs (single vocal, simple instruments) that I knew before the CI. And listening to them over and over and over again. Eventually the beeps gave way to periodic words being understood, and then to vocals being more clear, to some instrumentals. My brain is still broadening my comprehension of music every day. It's a challenge, but it's one I take on every day with ambition.
    In other words, hang in there, keep listening, keep trying. Don't give up.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Megan L. in Do you,or I should ask...have made peace with being deaf/hearing impared?   
    I lost most of my acoustic hearing when I was a baby. Since I grew up with it, I didn't really have a mourning since I didn't really experience hearing beyond hearing aids. Even still, with hearing aids, it was ok but not great. I'm pretty much a deaf person in a hearing world, which means I've been extremely reliant on hearing aids and have relied heavily on sign language interpreters (they're amazing rock stars) in my education.
    Life will raise challenges that hearing people do not usually have to contend with. It's the attitude that I take on that will allow me to rise above the challenge. One of the life skills that I've acquired is that when a situation arises, I don't panic, I just go along with the situation until I learn enough to figure out a way to use accommodations, utilize people, or skills to get past it. There will be nay-sayers that will say "oh, no, you can't do that because of your hearing loss." But, that's when I roll up my sleeves and show them that I can do just about anything I set my mind to.
    A couple years ago, I started noticing I wasn't hearing as well in my left ear with my hearing aids. I went to audiologists, had new hearing aids, tuned them, etc. It didn't help much. Losing performance in my left ear gave me pause because I started thinking about how much different my life would be with only one ear to do all the listening in meetings, talking with family at reunions, and being out with friends, etc. That's when I realized it was soon coming to an end for the left ear and started to heavily consider cochlear implants. I reached out to different support groups, talked with people (audiologists, CI users, etc). After learning more about CIs, I "told" my left ear that I'm proud of how far it has taken me in life, doing the best it could, but now it's time for it to have help beyond hearing aids.
    It's been a year since I've been activated. Hearing people have been easier than before with hearing aids, but I still have a long way to go. I'm still utilizing the life skills I've learned along way and it has helped me so much.
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    Watersail reacted to Mary Beth in Do you,or I should ask...have made peace with being deaf/hearing impared?   
    @Watersail I love this statement.  I had the same kind of talk with my left ear before getting it implanted!
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Do you,or I should ask...have made peace with being deaf/hearing impared?   
    I lost most of my acoustic hearing when I was a baby. Since I grew up with it, I didn't really have a mourning since I didn't really experience hearing beyond hearing aids. Even still, with hearing aids, it was ok but not great. I'm pretty much a deaf person in a hearing world, which means I've been extremely reliant on hearing aids and have relied heavily on sign language interpreters (they're amazing rock stars) in my education.
    Life will raise challenges that hearing people do not usually have to contend with. It's the attitude that I take on that will allow me to rise above the challenge. One of the life skills that I've acquired is that when a situation arises, I don't panic, I just go along with the situation until I learn enough to figure out a way to use accommodations, utilize people, or skills to get past it. There will be nay-sayers that will say "oh, no, you can't do that because of your hearing loss." But, that's when I roll up my sleeves and show them that I can do just about anything I set my mind to.
    A couple years ago, I started noticing I wasn't hearing as well in my left ear with my hearing aids. I went to audiologists, had new hearing aids, tuned them, etc. It didn't help much. Losing performance in my left ear gave me pause because I started thinking about how much different my life would be with only one ear to do all the listening in meetings, talking with family at reunions, and being out with friends, etc. That's when I realized it was soon coming to an end for the left ear and started to heavily consider cochlear implants. I reached out to different support groups, talked with people (audiologists, CI users, etc). After learning more about CIs, I "told" my left ear that I'm proud of how far it has taken me in life, doing the best it could, but now it's time for it to have help beyond hearing aids.
    It's been a year since I've been activated. Hearing people have been easier than before with hearing aids, but I still have a long way to go. I'm still utilizing the life skills I've learned along way and it has helped me so much.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone   
    I have my Artone paired to multiple devices. I usually have to disconnect my Artone from my iPhone if I want to use it with my iPad. Same thing with the laptop.
    It has been great for all the conference calls I've had to do.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    Either is fine
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in HearPeers First Ever Video Meeting was a success!   
    I'm curious on joining in. It depends on time of day and other commitments, of course.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Dinner at a restaurant   
    I had dinner out at a restaurant with my partner last weekend. It was quite loud, but we sat down, ate, talked. After a little while, I suddenly remembered that I left my hearing aid at home and was able to converse with my partner over the course of a meal with using just the CI. Then I remembered that I also left the remote at home, and was still using my every day program.
    Wow, I could hear in a noisy restaurant. I don't think I've ever had that before.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Dinner at a restaurant   
    I had dinner out at a restaurant with my partner last weekend. It was quite loud, but we sat down, ate, talked. After a little while, I suddenly remembered that I left my hearing aid at home and was able to converse with my partner over the course of a meal with using just the CI. Then I remembered that I also left the remote at home, and was still using my every day program.
    Wow, I could hear in a noisy restaurant. I don't think I've ever had that before.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in What was the last straw that pushed you to get a cochlear implant?   
    I pretty much did the hearing aid thing for years, upgrading and staying with the maximum power hearing aids available. It was "good enough" and let me get by in life. Last year, I noticed more-than-usual problems with hearing in my left ear. And I was struggling very much in meetings and every day life understanding people. I would be at a complete loss at understanding without my right hearing aid.  I went to the audiologist and ruled out the easily fixable things (e.g. ear wax, hearing aid malfunctions, etc), and was not successful. The audiologists have been suggesting that I look into CIs for years, but I've put it off because I've been doing ok with them and heavy reliance on lipreading. But, I decided that the hearing aid in my left ear wasn't good enough for me anymore. I went in to get my CI evaluation done and implanted 8 months ago.
    As for timing, a lot of my hesitation was that I considered it to be a huge step since it's not really reversible back to hearing aids. Given that the hearing aid was no longer working well in my left ear, I was ready to take that step. The timing was right for me.
    If you ask me about my right ear, I do plan to get a CI for it, but not until my left ear is ready to stand on its own. It's still improving every day.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioKey now available in Apple App Store (US)   
    Darn. I was hoping that both would be able to be used at the same time. I may stick with the remote for now. Though, I do like the visuals that the AudioKey app offers. I'll have to think about this some more.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioKey now available in Apple App Store (US)   
    I am hopeful, that we'll still have both options.
    It would be nice if AudioKey does stream music at the higher sound resolution than it currently does through the converter apps. Fingers crossed!🤞
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in 1st time flying since implant   
    I recently flown over the holidays, there were no problems. I do the same thing that @Mary Beth does (CI on head, in M, CI accessories in carry-on). Had no problems with my CI. The TSA was more interested in my box of cookies than my CI.
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    Watersail got a reaction from MaryGP in itchy cochlea   
    After surgery, I didn't have the itchy cochlea, but had the sensation of something deep in my ear, and that I could feel it. And if I touch or brush my hair by the ear, I could "hear" it. The feeling and "hearing" went away as the swelling went down.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone TVB. It is AWESOME!   
    That is fantastic, thank you for the update!
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioLink is available in the US   
    The working voltage is regarding the separate power supply input that goes to the volume control amplifier. This does not directly feed into the audiolink and is not intended to power the AudioLink. The only thing that goes into the AudioLink from that volume control amplifier is the stereo plug.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioLink is available in the US   
    This is similar to the receiver that I have: https://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-Simultaneously/dp/B01EHSX28M/
    iPad/iPhone/other Bluetooth transmitter paired/connects to the Bluetooth receiver Bluetooth receiver is connected to the 2.5mm AudioLink input jack via 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable It has its own rechargeable battery and is relatively compact.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Artone Neckloop   
    The Artone has been great for me as well. It's a good way to exercise my brain while at work between meetings. My coworkers are surprisingly quiet out of meetings. The beginning is difficult, but gets easier as the brain's interpretation of the sound spectrum widens.
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