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Rick H

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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Featherston in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    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
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in October, November, December 2019 surgery/activation   
    @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
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Thanks Mary Beth 
    I’ll Check it out!
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi Don
    i chose the same set up as you pretty much for the same reasons, everyone wants the latest & greatest & think it’s going to work out really good for you! My surgery is one week from today & won’t be activated until November 5th! I’m getting excited though, it will be so nice to be able to communicate again. 
    Sounds like your off to a good start, everyone says it can be a slow start but it keeps improving everyday! I’ll be using my Rondo2 like you until the Sonnet2 comes in.
    wishing you the best on your journey & keep us posted 
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Thanks Mary Beth & Mary Featherston! 
    Ill keep you posted 
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Featherston in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi everyone 
    i just wanted to thank everyone for sharing your experiences & advice! It really helped me to make an informed decision! I had my pre-op appointment with my surgeon & audiologists yesterday.  In 2 weeks from today I’ll start my new journey & be implanted with a Med-el Synchrony with Sonnet2/Rondo2 processors! Yeah!!😀
    getting nervous but I’m sure it is going to be great!
    thanks again
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi everyone 
    i just wanted to thank everyone for sharing your experiences & advice! It really helped me to make an informed decision! I had my pre-op appointment with my surgeon & audiologists yesterday.  In 2 weeks from today I’ll start my new journey & be implanted with a Med-el Synchrony with Sonnet2/Rondo2 processors! Yeah!!😀
    getting nervous but I’m sure it is going to be great!
    thanks again
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Evren in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi everyone 
    i just wanted to thank everyone for sharing your experiences & advice! It really helped me to make an informed decision! I had my pre-op appointment with my surgeon & audiologists yesterday.  In 2 weeks from today I’ll start my new journey & be implanted with a Med-el Synchrony with Sonnet2/Rondo2 processors! Yeah!!😀
    getting nervous but I’m sure it is going to be great!
    thanks again
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Evren in Here comes a new challenger   
    Hi Evren
    Just thought I’d check to see how your activation went, I know you said you were getting activated on Monday! 
    Wow sounds like your experiencing a lot of new sounds! That’s really exciting! Sorry about the fainting spell but maybe you were just too excited by that much new sound! I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about! 
    Of course I don’t know yet but everything I’ve researched about it sounds normal, the odd sounds, & increased tinnitus. All that should calm down in the coming weeks & you will begin to progress to the point where things seem normal! I’m still about 6 weeks behind you. I get implanted in 2 weeks. Can’t wait!
    How is your wife liking you hearing her better? I know my wife can hardly wait to be able communicate better with me. I’ve been with her almost  35 years so she’s used to me using her as my own personal interpreter! Lol.
    well wishing you the best my friend! 
    Keep us posted on your progress!
    Rick H
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    Rick H got a reaction from Evren in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Thanks Evren
    i think you & I are on the same page! I’m really leaning toward MedEl for the exact same reasons. The rechargeable battery of the Rondo2 is really a nice feature & to stream either one of the OTE processors would still require some sort of ALD anyhow. 
    I agree also if I had to choose between speech & music I’d take speech, & think medEl is going to give the best chance at acquiring enjoyable music! Guns & Roses would have been a great concert! Sounds like we both enjoy the same music also! 
    Best of luck to you on your activation I hope it all works out for you!
    thanks
    Rick H 
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Thanks Mary Beth 
    i agree it really is the implant itself that will be the most important for music! 
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Hi Mary Beth 
    yes I'm really looking forward to hearing my granddaughter talk! I also only plan on using tech for limited things like that & phone calls, maybe TV.
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    Rick H got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to hear peers & Choosing brands   
    Thanks Mary
    thats kind of what I was thinking . The streaming sounds beneficial but most of the times I’d be using my implants just the way they were intended, just hearing. Hi tech features are great but I don’t want to base my main decision on them. As new technology improves processors I’m sure the MedEls will stream like the cochlear s do but Like I said before I think the implant itself is the most important thing. Its what we live with for years or a lifetime & I just want to get the best I possibly can. 
    I am so looking forward to just being able to hear & communicate with people again! I am so inspired by reading about everyone’s experiences & wow moments on this forum. Its just great & gives me so much hope for the future. One of my biggest reasons for taking this leap of faith is I have a 4 month old granddaughter & I don’t want her to struggle to communicate with me. 
    Thanks again Mary for all the advice
    Rick H
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