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Rick H last won the day on December 5 2019

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    Candidate for a hearing implant
  • Implanted
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    Under 1 year
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    Cochlear Implant
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    Not applicable
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. @Mary Beth cool that explains a lot. Thanks Rick H
  2. @Mary Beth thanks Mary Beth I’ll give a shot. yes I was under the assumption that you could pair the audiolink to the Artone3max via BT & then as long as you where wearing it could stream from the neck loop to the Rondo2, while sonnets would stream direct without a neck loop. But I’m New to this still & have never streamed before. It’s a learning experience! Lol thanks Rick H
  3. @Mary Beth oh I thought you could connect to audiolink with a neck loop but I guess your right the Artone3max would take care of all streaming! May misunderstanding! Lol. Im not sure but it seems like the deep tones are too loud now. They drown out all the other tones & come across so distorted. When I cup it the deeper tone go down & the midrange comes across much clearer. Rick H
  4. @Mary Beth no im using the Rondo2, I’m a few weeks from getting my Sonnet2. Getting excited for that! I just received my audiolink but can’t use it yet because I don’t have the Sonnet2. I was going to see if my audiologists could drop the bass electrodes more but I’m going to hold off until i go in for the new Sonnet2 mapping. Im thinking it maybe an issue with the mic on my Rondo as the voices clean up so much when I cup my hand behind it. She turned them down last time but still having the issues. I’m going to get an Artone3max next week so I can use the mic off the audiolink with my Rondo & see what that does before I have her change settings. Hope it works at least that might help me isolate the problem. Thanks Rick H
  5. @Mary Beth thanks Mary Beth, that’s really informative. I’m thinking doing my other side later this I just really want to make sure I have the left side dialed in first as it will be all I have once done. Right now I’m still trying to clean it up, the deep tones are so deep that they really distort speech a lot! Once I get that worked out I’m going to pull the trigger on number 2!😁 thanks Rick H
  6. @pdk Me too Peter, percussion is spot on & more heavy guitars seem almost exact too. Vocals seem to come across almost like they are an octave lower than normal. I think my midrange is a little off as well I think that’s why the horn instruments don’t come across as well., but like you I’m just amazed at how the experience of learning the sounds from the CI are coming across. I’m thinking the more I listen, rehab & with further mapping it will only get better! Rick H
  7. @pdk hi Peter That’s funny, I notice mine can become more degraded sometimes toward the end of the day also. When you say gravelly do you mean more in the deeper tones? Rick H
  8. @Mary Beth thats interesting about being balanced . Does one side sound different than the other? Right now my HA side gives me the little things my CI doesn’t & really makes speak much clearer yet it does very little on it own. That’s why I really want to wait until the CI is dialed in better & then get the other side done. Did you notice a similar improvement when you had your other side done or did they both sound pretty much alike?
  9. @pdk for me speech has been great & at times music really comes across great as well but depends on the type of music. My biggest issue I’ve been having lately is the deeper tones for voices are so over powering that the words are muttled & hard to make out . Of course I’ve only been activated for a little over 3 months but I’m thinking of having the audiologists turn down or turn off the deepest electrode to see how that works. Even at that though my last mapping I tested out at 92% word recognition in the booth with my implanted ear as opposed to 18% presurgery with both ears so I can’t complain! Life is much better now!😁 Rick H
  10. @Dave M hi Dave welcome to hearpeers. Be sure to read this weeks Medel blog story about being able to appreciate the color of music again. It’s the story of a man who had another brand CI, & then switched to a Medel. There is also a related story at the bottom of the article from a woman who also had a Medel & another brand as well. When I made my decision I really took to heart the stories from these types of recipients. As they are very rare people to have 2 different brands installed & makes them the real experts that can truly say if one brand sounds or performs better than another! Doctors & audiologists can tell us a lot about reliability issues, or ease of mapping or installation of CIs but both my doctor & audiologists said that all the brands seemed to be the same in those regards. But someone who actually has both installed can give invaluable info as to which brand really performs better in regards to sound quality, MRIs & so forth! I was very happy with my decision as it was but when I read stories like these it just reinforces me that I made the right choice. This next year I’ll be getting my other side done & I'm sure it will be another Medel synchrony! Do your research well & you’ll do great! best of luck to you bud & what ever brand you choose keep us posted! Rick H
  11. Thanks Mary Beth, yes I’m enjoying it very much & am doing great. At my last doctors /Audi appointment they told me after 6 weeks of activation I was sitting where most people are at 6 months so I feel very fortunate for it to be working so well. Still waiting for the Sonnet2 to get here for the swap. I really can hardly wait to see how well does!😁 I’ll keep you posted Rick H
  12. I agree with you Peter about how much better the CI is compared to my old HA, it’s just amazing. I’m only about 3 months in after my activation & now I notice the deeper tones are giving me the hardest problems with voices. Making them sound muttled & hard to understand. Something I’ll have to see if they can correct at the next mapping. Not sure why it’s changing like that but I think it has something to do with the mic sensitivity because if I cup my hand behind the Rondo2 the voices become much clearer. Definitely would be cool to see how everyone does with a selected piece of music also. Some music I hear sounds great while others don’t do as well. I think the style has a lot to do with it! More heavy rock with defined percussion always seems to do better than complex pieces. I’ll keep an eye out & try to get in on the experiment! Rick H
  13. Hi Melissa that statement was from Daniel the stranger, who I believe is a CA recipient.
  14. Hi Melissa yes I do like the streaming capability of the CA implant both in regards to their hearing aid & to the direct to iPhone as well. It was definitely one of the things that made me think of them as a possible implant choice. It seems like all the other companies do tend to catch up & get the latest technology as time goes on. It’s like when I first started looking into my CI Medel was the only one that was MRI safe & by the time I had to make my decision all 3 had that feature which really made it even more difficult. For that reason I focused mainly on the features of the implant itself as that is what stays with you while the exterior processor & their streaming technology & other features improve & are upgraded about every 5 years or so without the need for surgery. another nice feature that I liked about the CA nucleus implant was that they have the thinnest electrodes which is good for preserving any residual hearing. That’s a great feature! Also they have 22 electrodes compared to medels 12 & AB 16, even though my surgeon told me it’s not the number of electrodes but the processing that make a big difference. If you go to this website (cochlearimplanthelp.com) the article there on electrodes & channels explains the differences in how each brand processes sound (the actual way they fire their electrodes to simulate sound) . There is a big difference in the way each brand process sounds, Medels electrodes can be fired simultaneously in pairs & are further divided into different electrical band width between the pairs to give up to 250 different audio frequencies or tones. AB has 16 electrodes that also fires in pairs split between different band widths to create phantom electrodes to generate 120 different frequencies, CAs has the most electrodes at 22 but fire in succession & don’t create any phantom electrodes. I’m no audio engineer but It’s a great article to read to get some insight as to how the brands differ from each other. Medels electrodes are softer & more flexible & reach further into the cochlea they claim that this feature is also great for preserving residual hearing. In the end I chose Medel mainly because of the sound processing differences & the fact that they have had no recalls. Also hearing how satisfied the recipients were with their devices. I’m not trying to push Medel but just giving some insight as to how I made my final decision.😁 also as you do your research you will hear many simulations of what it sounds like with a CI. I used to hear these & it scared me away from doing this for so long. Don’t be scared of these, they are terrible examples of what it really sounds like! I have never heard a simulation that sounds anything like my CI! I have only had mine turned on now for about 3 months & I can tell you mine sounds very very natural to my original hearing. I could understand speech from the minute it was turned on,. There is a slight mechanical sound to them but my family’s voices sounds like my family’s voices. when I watch TV the actors voices sound very much like they used to & most environmental sounds are spot on the way they where before. i would do as much research as you can, pick a good surgeon & talk to as many people on the forums or in person with all the different brands & then go with your gut instinct! Most Everyone with a CI is very open to let you know about their experiences both good & bad. You really can’t make a bad choice! They are all good products! I don’t know how old your son is but I can assure you & your husband that he will be able to live a very normal life with his CI which ever brand you choose! Hope I’m not being too long winded with my responses but I know what a big decision this can be & I’m trying to give you as much info on my own personal experience of this. Best of luck Melissa & if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask! Rick H
  15. Hi Melissa Your husband has a legitimate concern however when it comes to medical devices I would always go with the one that you feel is the best possible product that will give your son the best outcome. That is what is really important. That being said it really is difficult to say with any absolute answer as to who makes the best implant. Sometimes the company selling the most doesn’t necessarily mean your getting the best. I did a lot of research before making my final decision & the one thing I can tell you is that all the recipients from all 3 companies seem to be very happy with their choices & the reliability is very good with all of them. Medel is the only family owned of the 3 but it is also the one that has been around the longest & was the first to invent the modern multi channel CI & also the first to invent a CI that was MRI safe to 3.0 Tesla. I don’t know if Medel is the best for sure as that was my choice & I don’t know how the CI from CA performs compared to mine. There where a few people that were implanted with a CA in one side & a Medel in the other & those people said that the Medel sounded richer & music was much fuller. Those were the real deciding factors for me. I don’t know if your son is getting bilateral or just one but if bilateral that is also an option to go different brands in each side but most people usually stay with one brand for ease of use. What I can tell you is I am very happy with the customer service I have had so far & the sound quality of the Medel is very realistic to natural hearing & music comes across very good as well. Also just because a company is a publicly traded company is no guarantee that they can’t run into financial hard times as well. There really is no guarantees for companies longevity’s but I think both companies have been in business long enough & have enough market shares to where their futures are pretty certain. I really don’t think you can go wrong with Medel or CA, they are both good companies that produce a great product! One thing I can assure you & your husband is that which ever brand you choose your son is going to do fantastic with his new CI. These devices are amazingly hi tech & life changing. My sister-in-law is a special education teacher in Connecticut who has many children with CIs & she says it is amazing how well they do with them. Mine is still at the point where it still is being dialed in & adjusted every few weeks as is the case for the first 1 to 2 years with any brand. But I am thrilled with my CI so far & I’m doing great with it. I have no regrets at all about my choice & am looking forward to getting my other side done after this one is further dialed in. I wish I’d done it much sooner. Hope this helps you out & best of luck to you & your son! Rick H
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