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dkritter

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About dkritter

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  • Birthday 05/14/1957

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
  • Implant Period
    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Sudden Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Unilateral implant
  • Country
    United States

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  1. So far so good I can hear well in a quiet place but in noisy environment I get a lot of (not sure what to call it) but people start to sound like they are in a phone booth or such. However still very positive and I think it will come quickly
  2. OK thank you I am beginning to understand the process Dave
  3. Ok briefly implanted Sep 20, activated October 14th, unilateral. Rhondo 2 because I'm waiting for the Sonnet 2 swap in the USA. Had second mapping October 28th. Regardless my question is what is mapping? Seems to me at my second "mapping" they just amp up each electrode to a higher decibel to even them out and off you go. I do know from my first mapping and two weeks later, I could hardly detect the implant (very quite). I think i get that, loud at first because it's new and mellows out over time , remapping to jack it up so you're back to first base where your were two weeks ago. But is that it, is that what mapping is - cranking the volume??? With my HA, my audio had it so we'd get to prescription levels (normal hearing if there is such a thing if you've lost it all) setting soon.Plus I have other programs for noisy place, voice in speech, music and on then can dial it down when you need, etc. So the big question is, once I'm on track and deep into this Rhondo2, do you eventually get programs with your finer tuner where you can dial in for certain situations?? Like I've read here, I like omni mic and other settings with this processor or others. Basically trying to close the loop on all the studying I've done but unable to answer the question
  4. okay so i've had tinnitus for at least 3 decades - we live with each other and both know where we stand- however since my last hearing loss 3-14-19 I've had a bit of different tinnitus one of which is phantom music - at least something I can't recognize (before that is was xmas music Ugh). But I look at new tinnitus as a joy, something new - my normal is constant one tone, now i hear new tinnitus - its refreshing (ironically) but its new and welcome. with my new implant 3 weeks old, on occasion I get super , I mean super loud T in my implant ear (not activated yet) that is so loud it's unbelievable. as i said - any new noises up stairs are more than welcome. DK Not really sure how this works but I got activated yesterday 10/14/19. interesting afternoon. First turn on - both audiologist sounded like Dora the Explorer in a fish tank. But after chatting through the sound level experiment they kept sounding more an more natural (other than a high freq - tinsel sound) After 15 minutes both voices became more rich and natural. I'msure we've all been through the - baseball - cowboy- ice cream- protocol- I came away 100%.. What was interesting is that after a lull in the conversation - they both came back initially sounding like a fish in a bowl. So I guess there must be some muscle (i.e. brain) memory there that needs it to have it implanted! On a down note - woke up the next day with the world spinning (not unusual but thought i was past that) not convinced it's not related to over stimulation?? Reason for the delayed post. Bottom line - super glade I did it. And as I said the the audio's maybe I'll be back for the other side - if this pans out like i think it will
  5. okay so i've had tinnitus for at least 3 decades - we live with each other and both know where we stand- however since my last hearing loss 3-14-19 I've had a bit of different tinnitus one of which is phantom music - at least something I can't recognize (before that is was xmas music Ugh). But I look at new tinnitus as a joy, something new - my normal is constant one tone, now i hear new tinnitus - its refreshing (ironically) but its new and welcome. with my new implant 3 weeks old, on occasion I get super , I mean super loud T in my implant ear (not activated yet) that is so loud it's unbelievable. as i said - any new noises up stairs are more than welcome. DK
  6. Yep, activation tomorrow 10/14/19, 2:30 in the afternoon central time. it's been a pretty quick 3 weeks from the surgery but these last two days have dragged. Can't wait to see what happens. Left ear lost all hearing 3/14/19 in two hours while out for a hike, year before 5/28/18 most hearing in right ear overnight, but do have a hearing aid right ear that's somewhat functional. I feel like I've been living with half a brain - exhausting to say the least. Hoping once activated and into my rehab - my head will feel balanced. I'll be activated with the Rondo2 tomorrow and have the Sonnet as well but need to keep that in the package to turn in for Sonnet2 upgrade this fall. Updates forthcoming DK
  7. Hi, I've read about all the rehab and training and am somewhat confused where to start but anxious to do so. With the hearing loss I've had so far, I know the more and better exposure the faster the gains are made. So let me begin here, I am being activated on October 14th (surgery was 9-20) then I am leaving Wisconsin on the 16th, and flying to Maine to visit my wife in our home out there for a week. It will be me, her and the dog. I'm sure you can imagine that being in Maine there is a lot of alone time or one on one time. We love to hike and enjoy the outdoors. So I am looking for recommendations for a jump start program to start training my left side CI. I have a willing partner and 7 days of leisure time to concentrate on this. Preferably something we can train with whether we are hiking or sitting on the seashore, as well as in the quiet of the living room (mornings, evenings) for more concentrated rehab. I do have one mildly functioning right ear with a hearing aid - maxed out - if that makes a difference Let me know your thoughts Oh and I'm android guy - which leads me to another question - should i switch to iphone, I don't want to but that's where all the tools are it seems. Dave
  8. Mary Beth, I am using the Koss Cochlear Implant Center at the Froedtert Medical College of WI - in Milwaukee area. Real good outfit, great doctors and staff. I will join up with the hearpeers US group, I don't do Facebook but maybe I should. Dave
  9. Yes good morning and thank you for the welcome. Restless sleep last night with this big plastic thing strapped to my head - oh well only one more night. To answer your question Mary Beth, I chose the Rondo 2 and the Sonnet. I'm going to activate with the Rondo 2 and hold off activating the Sonnet. I was told by my audiologist that the Sonnet 2 is being released this fall in the US and if I keep the Sonnet in it's packaging - I can upgrade at no charge when the Sonnet 2 comes out. Do you know anything about the release date of the Sonnet 2 in the US? Thanks in advance, Dave
  10. Hi, New guy here, just had my CI implant this morning - now at home relaxing. Bit of history, 62 years old, had severe hearing loss in right ear the day after memorial day 2018. Had the shots, no help. Had some dizziness also which eventually went away, got 2 hearing aids and was able to function mostly normal. Fast forward to March 14th 2019, took dog for a 2 hour run, when i got back to my truck, realized my left hearing aid was not working. Did the maintenance (wax build up) and no, I was deaf in my left ear. Went to ENT and my left (good ear) had a profound hearing loss. Again shots to no avail. Also some dizziness, vertigo (less then 10 min) Various diagnoses from SSHL to Meniere's and back again. In other words nothing conclusive. So I studied online, read a lot, and visited here frequently and decided to move forward with the implant which I had today with no complications. October 14th is my activation day and am looking so forward to it. I have my hopes up since I've only been without hearing for less that a half year, but also know there is some hard work ahead. But I'm willing to put that in because I really dislike (nice word) not being including in the conversations and enjoying just being in the here and now. I did have one question to the forum, two days after activation I am leaving town for a week, wasn't sure if for that first week or so you want to access to your audiologist. My thought is activate it, leave and work on rehab exclusively for a week and then if have issues see the audiologist on my return. I guess worse case i turn it off till i get back. Thanks for listening and any newbie advice will be appreciated Dave
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