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Don Doherty

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Under 1 year
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    Cochlear Implant
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    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Other
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    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. Don Doherty

    The ReadApp

    I have a great program on my iPad called the ReadApp. It basically gives you two words, then a speaker pronounces the word, and you select the correct word. If you get more than two out of 6 words incorrectly, then you go yo practice where the word is repeated three times in sequence to help you recognize it. Then you go back to the original comparison and try to answer correctly. The first lesson on Vowels is free but to continue with all the other lessons you pay $19.95 which have been OK but I still can’t unlock the other lessons. I sent an email to the App developer and the support desk. Has anyone had any experience with this App that you would like to shareable? Thanks. Don
  2. Thanks. If I see any mugs I’ll grab one. At the HLAA Convention in June I was able to get a nice red t-shirt. I’ll let folks know if I see any mugs.
  3. I had to swap out my magnet to a level 4 and so far it’s been holding up well. I was glad to get a strong recommendation to keep my Rondo attached with a clip. While attending to toilet duties I had an itch and scratched forgetting for a moments that my Rondo 2 was attached to my head. You all know what happened next, my Rondo took a dive straight for the hopper saved at the last moment by my safely line. I will always keep my line attached. I don’t know for sure but I’m pretty positive my Rondo 2 can’t swim! Don
  4. Thank you Mary Beth. I like the Pirate cover the best and as it generates attention it gives me a chance to talk about hearing loss and what folks can do to communicate better. I also ordered the container case you recommended. It will be much easier to store and transport my various pieces of equipment. Now to find some Med-El stickers.... Are they available too? Thanks again for your help and support. Don
  5. Hi Everyone, I have been enjoying your posts. It helps to realize there is so much more to learn. I was implanted on September 5th and activated September 24th. I am trying to find out who to go to order the more colorful Rondo 2 covers. The product catalog says contact your local Med-El representative but I don’t have one that I know of. I may have to wait until I see my audiologist again and ask the question. How have others been ordering accessories. Thank, Don
  6. Hi Dave, I am a new CI recipient as well. I wan implanted on 9/5 and activated with a Rondo 2 on 9/24. I’m also waiting for the Sonnet 2 to ship and from what I am reading it will be worth the wait. If you get any pain issues I was taking two Tylenol every six hours and was told to take two ibuprofen at the three hour mark. That did the trick and I didn’t need any major pain meds. After 4-5 days I had no pain but still have quit.e a bit of swelling. With regard to your trip you will probably not have very much discrimination. My audiologist has me still getting used to volume. She gave me four programs of increasing volume and wants me to be at program 4 at my next mapping session in two weeks. If you have a hearing aid fo your non implanted ear I would take it. Goo.d Luck, Don Mary Beth, I had not heard of the new HearPeers US group - I thoughT this was the HearPeers Forum. How do I register for this other forum? Thanks , Don
  7. Hi Gang, I’m also new to the Rondo 2 experience. I was activated on the 24th and heard high pitch sounds that I hadn’t heard in 50 years. So while I can’t understand conversation yet, I am working on getting used to volume and practicing on drills every day. I was also a little disappointed with the packaging of my Rondo 2. From my attending MEd-El Mingle groups I anticipated getting what looked like luggage or a suitcase to hold all my equipment. Imagine my surprise when I was given a large carry all bag containing two oversized boxes and two small black cases. This was ju.st for the Rondo 2 as my Sonnet 2 hasn’t come in yet, but am told it will be in similar packaging. Are the suitcases still available? If not I’ll be buying some clear plastic boxes that I can label and store in a suitcase I will select. Regards, Don
  8. Hi Dawn, You made the same choices that I did for audio processors - the Sonnet 2 and Rondo 2. I was activated yesterday and will be using my Rondo 2 until my Sonnet 2 comes in. I think it will be worth the wait for the Sonnet 2. Let me know how your experience with the Sonnet 1 goes. Good Luck! Don
  9. Hi Rick, I’m new to CI’s and was implanted on September 5th and activated on the 24th. I did a lot of research on the cochlear implants themselves and the audio processors. My CI doctor used the Synchrony 2 array and felt the flexibility of placement could get close to the auditory nerve which helps in brain discrimination. She said she had a lot of success with the particular implant. I opted for the Sonnet 2 audio processor because it is the latest technology and does many listening adaptations automatically. You can read about it on the Med-El website. I guess it’s so new, their delivery schedule has been delayed, as my Sonnet 2 wasn’t available on my activation date. I started out yesterday with the Rondo 2 which I selected because it is easy to wear and charge especially if you are active. I can’t understand well yet but Rondo and I are going to give it our best shot. Good luck on your implant and selection of audio processors. Don
  10. Does anyone know when the Sonnet 2 will start shipping? I was a little disappointed that it hadn’t arrived by my activation yesterday. Thanks, Don
  11. Well, I was activated yesterday and after the wait it was an awesome experience to say the least. During activation I heard high pitch sounds that I haven’t heard in over 50 years. I was using a Rondo 2 audio processor because my Sonnet 2 hasn’t come it yet. I had a problem with the Rondo 2 in that the processor kept falling off because the magnet wasn’t strong enough. Without the wires I was able to keep it on but with a safety line clipped to my shirt. I heard sounds but wasn’t able to discriminate words without lip reading. When I took off the processor at bedtime I heard after sounds that were almost like melodies. Today after morning chores I read and listened to an audio book for about four hours. It was tiring as I kept losing my place with the speaker because the discrimination wasn’t there yet. Later I went out to a Capt D’s Restaurant with just the CI and I was able function but only by reading lips. I’m still using my left hearing aid for phone calls as I’m not set up for CI calls yet. My audiologist just wants me to get comfortable and get used to the volume. I was given four programs of increasing volume with a goal of reaching program 4 by my next mapping in two weeks. I want to use some other listening programs tomorrow. I looked for Soundscape on the Med-El site but it was down. I have a lot of support from two members of my HLAA Chapter (Thank you Jane & Angela) and am encouraged that my hearing and discrimination will improve. That’s the latest from this end. Don
  12. Thank you Daniel for your stories post activation. It gives me additional perspective of what to expect after my activation on September 24th. I may do a day by day report as you have on my experiences.
  13. Thanks Mary, that is encouraging.
  14. Semper Fidelis, Implant -Synchrony 2 - Sep 4, 2019; Activation with Sonnet 2 & Rondo 2 on 9/24/19.
  15. Thanks for the help on getting my pictures straight. I have one for profile and one for my posts. Really accents my approaching frontal baldness. That’s fine as I plan on making my future audio processors colorful and noticeable. Maybe then folks will look at me when talking, especially my many cashiers, who look down while talking and making change!.
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