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Rick H

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    Candidate for a hearing implant
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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. @Tommy C yeah the phone works best on speaker. I have only done one actual phone call since activation & that was the day of activation! but for some reason FaceTime really comes across really loud & clear . I can hear my daughter from 5 feet away with out even looking at it. I don’t know if the speaker is louder on FaceTime than a normal phone call on speaker or not but the difference is night & day to me. Try FaceTiming someone you tell me what you think. The TV seemed like it was far away & not very clear compared to my wife talking to me at the same volume & distance she was loud & clear. But by day 2 I really noticed the TV clear as can be, being able to understand the news like it was normal. That really made me happy! I have noticed sometimes that it changes & some days it’s harder to understand, again I think this is just part of the learning & adjustment process. Still way better than before the implant. How are you with music? Have you tried that yet? @Mary Beth thanks for the advice on the artone I’ll have to check it out! Rick H
  2. @Mary Beth yes im hoping that the echo will go away as time goes on & with further mappings! It sounds like numerous people have experienced it so it think it’s just part of the process! thanks & I’ll keep you posted Rick H
  3. @Jewel thanks jewel Yes I've got the same electrode, flex 28, so far I am loving this ! I can’t wait to hear the Sonnet2 & try out the new audiolink even though I am loving my Rondo2 so far! The first few days was a little tough as the magnet wasn’t strong enough & it kept falling off, but Medel sent me a #4 magnet right away no problem since! Great service! Music is coming across great too ! I can recognize songs on the radio as they play & my guitar sounds great! Heck I might even learn to play it! Lol thanks for your comments Rick H
  4. @Tommy C that sounds great Tommy! Yes we are both pretty much alike on all counts. I too waited for a long time before doing this but once I made the decision I just went with it! I kept hearing all the simulations & they would scare me off of it. But after reading recipients saying that the simulations are so far off I just decided to take a leap of faith & I'm so glad I did! Glad to hear your doing so well also! Aren’t these things great!!! I’ll have to see if I can tweek the volume to eliminate the echoing. It only does it some of the time. Isn’t it great to be able to hear the TV again! I can hardly wait for the Sonnet2 to get here it should be even better & be able to stream as well! Best of luck to you & take care man & me posted on your progress! Rick H
  5. @Mary Beth did you ever hear an echo or reverberation of the deeper tones , almost like a second voice after someone talks as you where getting used to the new sounds? It’s still understandable but don’t know if it’s just me or the new mapping or just part of the process of learning to hear speech. Rick H
  6. @Mary Beth thanks , this really is life changing! Rick H
  7. This is my first updated post since being activated on October 29th, I’ve been so busy working I haven’t had a chance until now. A little info about myself my name is Rick Horton, I’m 57 years old & I live in Everett, Washington. I have profound noise induced hearing loss in both ears. My left side was implanted with a Synchrony & the right side I use a hi power HA. I was activated about a week & a half ago using a Rondo2 processor ( waiting for a Sonnet2 as well) . All I can say so far is WOW!! This is the most amazing experience! I was surprised that I was able to understand speech immediately, wasn’t expecting that! Aside from the initial robotic sound of voices I was also amazed at how realistic the voices are! Watching TV ( no more closed captioning) Tom Selleck sounds like Tom Selleck & Julia Roberts sound like Julia Roberts! Wasn’t expecting that either! I’ve already had so many wow moments! I can now talk on FaceTime with my daughter! Never been able to do that! & last Friday I went thru a 3 hour class at work that 6 weeks ago would have been impossible! With the instructor constantly turning his back to us to point out slideshow or talking behind his computer monitor where I couldn’t read his lips, I sat at the back of the class & caught every word he said! Amazing!! & soo many sounds that I haven’t heard in 15 years. The sound of my footsteps, running water, & falling rain. Also the sounds of my granddaughter breathing as she sleeps on my shoulder! That one is priceless! It’s not perfect & I still have a long way to go as far as improvements but I went into this expecting to be disappointed at first & I am completely amazed at how much better I communicate already. My confidence & self esteem are quickly returning & it’s as though my old self is awakening from a long sleep! So thankful for that! I had the first mappings a few days ago & everything is so loud now that it was almost like starting over again but it settled down the next few days fairly quickly. I figure that’s just part of the process! This journey is incredible! Looking so forward to all the coming wow moments!!😁 Rick H
  8. @dkritter sounds awesome DK glad to hear it went so well for you! I’m about 2 weeks out for activation! Starting to get excited! Hopefully your spins will go away quickly. I think your probably right its most likely over stimulation! Take care & keep us posted! Rick H
  9. @MaryGP hi Mary Good luck on your upcoming decision. Sounds like you can’t go wrong with either one they both have some excellent pros. I know the feeling for travel, my center is about an hours drive but with rush hour traffic I always have to add an hour for safe measure for my appointments. But for me it’s worth it to go where I’m going to get the best outcome from my CI & the best care. One more thing you may want to consider when checking the places out I’ve heard that some centers are single processor centers & others are 2 processor centers meaning they can get you approved for 2 processors. Wether that would be Sonnet2/Rondo2 or Sonnet2/Sonnet2, processors are expensive & having a back up if something happens to one is a major plus! If one of them is a single & the other is a two, it could be the decision maker! Just a thought! Mine luckily was a 2 processor center. Check them out but I’m sure you’ll be great no matter what! My surgery was about 10 days ago & it was a cake walk! One of the best surgeries I’ve had, still waiting for activation. I’m just starting my journey but so far it has been great & I know the best is yet to come! Technology is a wonderful thing! You’ll do great!! Best of luck to you & take care! Rick H
  10. @dkritter & @Tutz67 yes I definitely notice that tinnitus has changed since the surgery, I noticed the same things as well beeps & rings like I have already been activated. Whenever I burp I hear a beep like something electronic & the oscillating ringing that came on shortly after surgery has pretty much been constant but at times gets much quieter but when I really listen for it it’s still there but faint. Im only guessing of course but I’m thinking it could be that the electrodes are in the cochlea & with the swelling from the surgery & any change in pressure could be slightly pushing the electrodes against the nerve cells which we interpret as sounds, that would explain why I heard the Wind chimes & loud ringing when I got sick, & the beeps when I burp. The oscillating could be my pulse. It’s really strange . I’ve had this ringing for 20 years also but it has definitely changed since surgery! It will be interesting to see how it changes as the swelling goes away & after activation! At any rate I could be way off but it sounds possible especially since we are all experiencing the same things. Rick H
  11. @dkritter best of luck to you tomorrow! Your not alone! I know the feeling when you loss your hearing you feel like you loss part of your brain as well! It all starts getting coming back to you tomorrow!! Good luck! Rick H
  12. Hi everyone & thanks for checking in Mary Beth! Yes I had my surgery a little over a week ago (October 4th) but I just didn’t post anything yet as it was so uneventful! That is, not much to report, so I figured I would post after my activation. I have to admit this was one of the best surgeries I’ve ever been through. Everything was pretty much what I expected or less! My surgeon Dr Trac Duong , & the surgical staff at Overlake in Bellevue were fantastic! The surgery was just over 3 hours & they implanted a Medel Synchrony with flex 28 electrode array. All electrodes got inserted & the doctor turned it on during surgery to make sure it worked. I went home that day & was surprised at how little pain or discomfort I experienced. The hardest thing was the plastic piece over my ear for 2 days riding on my ear lobe! Lol. I took all my pain meds & antibiotics as instructed but really the pain was never more than a 2 out of 10. I had a little pain in my ear when chewing at first but that went away before I finished my first meal! The other things were pretty much all the normal things we read about with this surgery. A little discomfort in my throat from the breathing tube that went away the next day & my sense of taste was gone on half my tongue which is getting better also. The good news is now my cooking is only half as bad! Just kidding! As expected there was some numbing on my implanted side & I expected My tinnitus to increase which it hasn’t at all. In fact the only difference I noticed is since shortly after surgery it has changed to a constant oscillating ringing which is slowly going away. At first I thought I might have retained some residual hearing as I didn’t notice any difference in my hearing right after surgery but as the swelling kicked in the hearing went away in that ear so time will tell when the swelling goes completely away. I didn’t really notice how deaf I am since the surgery until a few days ago when I took one of my cars to the store. I’ve always been a car nut & people at work know me as the guy with the nice cars. But with my hearing loss I’m a little reluctant to drive them as they draw so much attention! When I came out of the store there where already 3 people waiting to talk to me. Even after telling them I had ear surgery a week ago & couldn’t hear them, they still kept asking questions. I felt really stupid having to asking them 2 & 3 times to repeat themselves. I guess until I’m activated I’m going to have a hard time understanding people! Oh well again expected that also! the only other thing I was surprised about was the level of vertigo was almost nothing until 2 days ago I had one strong episode that was so bad it made me sick & lost my dinner ! & when I got sick I heard like a wind chime going off in my implanted ear that changed to a loud ringing that lasted about 30 seconds. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about & I should take my nausea meds. I don’t know what brought that one episode on but other than that I’ve had almost no dizziness or nausea at all. So over all I’m very happy with the way this surgery has been. They did move my activation up to October 29th, so I’m really looking forward to getting my Rondo2 & Sonnet2. If activation goes even half as good as this experience I will be happy as can be! Thanks & wishing everyone the best on the journey! I’ll post again after activation! Rick H
  13. Thanks Peter yeah it’s hard to say wether that would be possible or not as I did read there is a difference as to how cochlear & medel process their electrodes ( one fires sequentially & the other fires simultaneously & is paired to other electrodes in sequence, but that part gets confusing to me, I’m no sound engineer! Lol) i agree I’ve pretty much figured it’s unlikely to retain any residual hearing , would be nice but even my doctor says it’s only a 30% chance & he has had better results with the Cochlear brand for that as they have the thinnest electrodes. I’ll be learning more about the mapping experience soon enough! Thanks Rick H
  14. Hi Peter thanks for your response. Wow that’s really great that you could understand speech right off the bat! I’ve seen that a few times in some of the activation videos. I was really torn between Cochlear & Medel . After all my research I’ve concluded that you really can’t make a bad decision on implants. For the most part all 3 brands seem to be very good, & about 98 to 99% reliable. The biggest real gage to go by is how happy are the recipients with the brands they chose & in that respect they all seem to be very satisfied with their brands! As far as music it’s like you said everyone is different & there are so many variables that go into the mix as well as just brands such as how successful the surgery was & how good the surgeon was at getting the exact placement of the electrodes, how much time the person devoted to rehab, etc. but I do agree with you it would be hard to imagine 12 to 22 electrodes doing as well as 20,000 hair cells. Unless someone had one of each brand in each ear it would be impossible to really say which one is better musically! Again it’s really how satisfied you are with your results. Being you have picked it up so quickly I’m sure it will continue to improve over time for you! My surgery is this Friday that’s when I officially join the club of recipients! In the end I chose Medel mainly for the OTE processor being rechargeable & a number of other features that I really liked but I think in actuality I would have been happy with Cochlear as well. Glad to hear it’s working out for you so well & best of luck to you! Thanks Rick H
  15. Thanks Mary Beth I’ll Check it out! Rick H
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