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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Any item in your kit that you would like help with?   
    The travel case... what's the best way to make use of it? What to put in it? How to organize things in it?  I understand it's a matter of personal preference for the most part.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in Cochlear Implant   
    Good luck! We'll be cheering for your success!
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Getting the right ear done   
    Glad to hear your surgery went well! The leak fix is a nice added bonus!  
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    Watersail reacted to Marion nancy in Artone vs Quattro Pro 4   
    I am 7 months post and I promise you music will sound great.  I have the artone listening to classical every time I can plug in or should I say plug out
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    Watersail reacted to Jewel in My First Concert   
    Hi everyone. 
    I attended my first concert since getting my CI last year. It was a couple of local musicians as well as Air Supply. I decided to wear my Sonnet to this outdoor event. There were over 1500 people in attendance. 
    Some of the performers I was hearing for the first time ever, so I wasn't acquainted with their music. The first one I could hardly make out the actual lyrics but I was able to make out the music. Maybe I couldn't make out the lyrics cos the performer had the mic so close to her mouth. 
    Things got better with the male performers, and I recognised some tunes. 
    When Air Supply came on they had some strong electric bass guitars that kinda drowned out the lyrics sometimes. And sometimes it took a while for me to figure out which song was being sung. 
    I had to keep my Fine Tuner out and keep adjusting to see which setting I heard best in. I think Natural and Omni were best. 
    When the MC and others on the platform spoke I heard them loud and clear. 
    Note I was sitting maybe in row 30! I was pretty pleased how things went as this wouldn't have possible had I not had my CI. 
    I just hope my audi can tweak things so next time the experience is even better!
    What mic setting do you use for concerts? And what has been your experience? 
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Mrs. Robin Schmidt   
    You can also find a hospital/clinic near you that does Med-El implant here: https://www.medel.com/us/clinic-finder/
    Both Med-El and AdvancedBionics current implant offerings works up to 3.0T MRI scans. The MRI technicians should be able to work with you to ensure a good experience for MRI scans post-implantations. For more information on Med-El's implant compatibility with MRI scans:
    https://www.medel.com/hearing-solutions/cochlear-implants/mri-and-cochlear-implants
    I also hemmed and hawed between Med-El and AdvancedBionics. Both have good, solid, innovative offerings. But, there are trade-offs. It would have been great if it was possible to mix and match. However, that's not possible for a variety of reasons. I ended up making a list of pros/cons and what I wanted in 5 years and 10 years to help me assess my priorities. My list showed me that Med-El is the one for me.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Freshly activated, so I started with my expectation super low. All 12 electrodes are in good health and active. Currently, I hear everything super, super high pitched, like everything is beyond helium. I can detect syllables, but can't differentiate speech or distinguish different layered noises yet. Time to learn how to hear all over again
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Freshly activated, so I started with my expectation super low. All 12 electrodes are in good health and active. Currently, I hear everything super, super high pitched, like everything is beyond helium. I can detect syllables, but can't differentiate speech or distinguish different layered noises yet. Time to learn how to hear all over again
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    Watersail got a reaction from Kylie in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Freshly activated, so I started with my expectation super low. All 12 electrodes are in good health and active. Currently, I hear everything super, super high pitched, like everything is beyond helium. I can detect syllables, but can't differentiate speech or distinguish different layered noises yet. Time to learn how to hear all over again
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in AudioLink is FCC approved!   
    Awesome! I'll wait and see how to acquire this then. 🙂 
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    Watersail reacted to Mary Beth in AudioLink is FCC approved!   
    Yup the Sonnet 1 has the internal 2.4 receiver!
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Music in true stereo options   
    Seems like the Bose QuietComfort 35 / QC35 will be replaced by the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 soon.
    https://9to5mac.com/2019/05/29/bose-noise-cancelling-headphones-700/
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Future possibly of totally implanted cochlear implants   
    What an interesting concept! I could see how the Rondo 2 could evolve into this as it already has wireless charging. There's a few cool benefits out of this form factor:
    Extremely discreet since the battery button is the only external component and doesn't need to be on to run it, just to recharge it No more retention straps/clips WaterWear is not needed (assuming the recharging battery button module is not used while swimming and microphone is waterproof)  
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Kanso v Rondo 2   
    To name some of the unique factors that drove me to choose Med-El:
    Electrode array options and the impact the longer electrode has on reducing the time to return to natural hearing Atraumatic electrode for the best chances at preserving residual hearing in case my residual hearing post-surgery is good enough for using EAS (electrical-acoustical simulation) for more wholesome sound. Backward compatibility for newer processors with older implants and warranty support for future processor upgrades Consistently innovating in speech processing/coding technologies IDR/Automatic gain control for minimal fiddling with the various settings for day-to-day life 250 virtual channels for higher fidelity (better music appreciation) In short, I prioritized setting myself up for the best current and future success from the implant and speech processing technology standpoint.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Kanso v Rondo 2   
    It's a tough choice picking the brands for sure.  Getting a CI is unfortunately not like test driving a car before buying, so you won't know what to feel and expect until you commit to one. You'll find happy users with all the brands, but keep in mind that their experiences are most likely limited to just one brand as most people can't test drive all the brands before getting one.
    I've admittedly been hemming and hawing for a good long time between Med-El and another brand before committing to Med-El. I made a list of what my current and future (5 years, 10+ years) priorities are and tried to map out the different brands' current capabilities relative to my priority list. Making the list made me realize that there are trade-offs between the different brands. Some trade-offs were minor, other trade-offs were a larger issue. However, making my list ultimately helped me choose Med-El.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Yup, it'll fly by real quick! I'm looking forward to activation day and see what I hear. The ibuprofen and tylenol are definitely doing its job as I have minimal pain/discomfort today. I do have a minor side effect, but it should resolve itself once the swelling goes down (if I recall correctly per pre-operative consult). I've sent a note to my doctor regarding the side effect to confirm my understanding that it's just temporary and nothing to worry about for now.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in Activated today!! So many questions..   
    @lizjlong
    This is exciting to read. I get activated end of next week, so reading about your activation experience definitely helps me understand what to expect and how to go about improving my hearing. I look forward to reading more about your post-activation experiences and all the hints/tips that you have.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Surgery went without issues. I'm at home now and resting up comfortably. 👍 Hitting up the ibuprofen and tylenol (per discharge instructions) and trying to avoid the prescribed strong stuff.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Surgery went without issues. I'm at home now and resting up comfortably. 👍 Hitting up the ibuprofen and tylenol (per discharge instructions) and trying to avoid the prescribed strong stuff.
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    I feel like a Mogwai (Gizmo from the Gremlins movie) with not being able to eat or drink after midnight.
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    Watersail reacted to Mary Beth in May, June, July, August 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Thinking of you @Watersail and wishing you the best tomorrow!
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    Watersail got a reaction from Mary Featherston in A different kind of WOW moment   
    @Mary Featherston
    Wow! 97% bilaterally! That is astounding and fantastic. I am curious about which electrodes you have? I can't seem to find it easily in the forum history. I see you switch between the Sonnet and Rondo2 for the processor. I assume they have similar MAPs so when you switch, it isn't drastically different to your brain? 
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    Watersail got a reaction from Jewel in Waterwear Alternatives   
    I would love, love, love something like the AB's reusable AquaCase and waterproof mic.
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    Watersail reacted to Jewel in Waterwear Alternatives   
    @MED-EL Moderator
    Are you able to say whether Med-El is exploring alternatives to Waterwear? Or is this something that will also be used with Sonnet 2?
    I think a lot of people pass on Med-El because there is no waterproof option other than Waterwear which can only be used for a few times and can be costly if you swim a lot. 
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    Watersail reacted to Mary Beth in AudioLink for Sonnets   
    The new Med-El intermediary device for streaming audio to Sonnet processors has been approved in Canada according to posts on FB.  This will use the Sonnet’s internal 2.4 connection for the first time.  It is called AudioLink.  Availability date is not known,
     
    I have been eagerly waiting for the AudioLink since receiving my Sonnets in 2015.  I hope it is approved in the US soon! I am so excited!
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