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Tommy C

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
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    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
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  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. Music does not sound good to me either. Voices sound fine but instruments not so good. The number of instruments effects the sound quality that I hear. My Church has an orchestra and it sounds like static to me but if only a few instruments are playing it doesn't sound so bad. I have never been a big fan of music therefore I have not put in much practice time. That probably is a lot of the reason it sounds so bad to me.
  2. Thank you @Mary Beth for posting this article. This research addresses the problem that carries over from what I viewed as the biggest in programming hearing aids. After the audiologist have made their best guess and the quality is not good, it is very difficult for a patient to explain what they are hearing in a way that the audiologist can understand the description and make correct adjustments. I am experiencing some of this with ci mapping as well. Overall my progress has been exceptionality good but television continues to be a struggle for me. The phone was very good on an early mapping but degraded on later mappings. Most people sound great, but some dont. I could understand my daughter almost perfect on an early mapping but can hardly carry on a conversation now. The problem now is I dont remember which was the good mapping, SHOULD HAVE KEPT NOTES. Maybe we will find it and the audiologist can setup a program for phone use. Maybe the audiologist can listen to my daughter on the phone and make adjustments from what she hears. I hope that this research at Vanderbilt will benefit all of us.
  3. Yes, i would definitely wear the ear muffs. My ear muffs have some amplification for voices but cut out the gun noise. This is what i used without hearing aids before i was implanted but i don't know if it would work with just my natural hearing in my right ear. The only sure solution would be to always have someone with me to make sure that i dont unintentionally disobey a range command.
  4. @Neal I have not been to the range since since I was implanted in August 2019. The thing that i am concerned about is, I feel that the noise would be uncomfortably loud through the processor on my left side. I would take off the processor wear ear muffs to protect my right ear that I hear very little. In doing that I am concerned that I may not hear the range commands with my right ear. Now that we are dealing COVID 19, I guess I will have plenty of time figure something out before I will be able to go. I too will be interested in what your doctor has to say about the subject.
  5. @Richard GI am assuming your last question was directed to me, if not please excuse me for answering. Before I was implanted I was ask to make a decision as to which processors that I wanted. I was implanted only on my left side but I was to get two processors. It was suggested to me from another MED EL user that I choose one Rondo2 and one Sonnet. Sonnet 2 was scheduled to be released in the U.S. in two to three months and there was an exchange program to swap out the Sonnet for Sonnet 2 when it was released, providing the package was not opened. I did not know which processor was better or which I would like better, so it seemed to me that one of each would be a wise decision. I was activated with the,Rondo 2 and the audiologists held the Sonnet to make the exchange when Sonnet 2 was released. The audiologists made the swap for me and then before I could get in to activate the Sonnet 2 the Corona virus hit and my appointment was canceled. So when I do get it activated i will have a choice of which one that I want to wear for the situation that I am exposed to that day if one is better than the other for that situation. I am extremely happy with the Rondo 2, so it is hard for me to see that I would prefer the Sonnet 2 over the Rondo2. I think that the weak magnet problem can and will be fixed. I think it would have already been corrected had the virus had not necessitated cancellation of my March appointment. I have not seen my audiologists since December. Hopefully July 1, I can get all of this addressed, but I consider all of it to be only minor problems.
  6. @Richard G My audiologist gave me the same reason that @Tracey_66 mentioned above plus the stronger magnet can cause skin irritation if it is too tight. I dont have much hair so I keep it cut very close. When it grows out a little there is a weaker attachment. I suppose a person with longer hair would require a stronger magnet. The spot where the magnet sets on my head is completely bald, no hair grows there. With all this being said, I still like the Rondo 2. I will get my sonnet 2 July 1, if the Corona virus allows me to keep that appointment. The Sonnet 2 will have to be absolutely amazing for me to prefer it over Rondo 2.
  7. @Richard G I too sometimes have a problem with my Rondo 2 falling off. The magnet alignment technique that @Mary Beth posted above did help some but i still have the problem from time to time. It seems to be weaker of the mornings when I first put it on. As time goes by it has a stronger attachment later in the day. I know that does not make sense but that is what is happening. My audiologist thought that the magnet was too strong and put a weaker one in and that is when I started having the problem.
  8. @Mary Beth i do not fit the age that you Ask for exactly, but close. I was implanted late August 2019 at age 79. As of May 2020 I am 80. I would be happy to answer any questions about my experiences and decision making process if it would be of benefit your friend.
  9. @Mary Beth. @Tracey_66 If I am not mistaken, my audiologists did not activate the MT and T buttons until my third mapping, when she set my Roger Select.
  10. I am presently using my Rondo2. I have a sonnet2 at the medical center that has not been mapped yet. I have an appointment for that July 1. I am happy with the Rondo2 so I expect the sonnet2 to be my secondary processor.
  11. I don’t like to recommend phones to people because everyone has different standards. With that being said I have a Kyocera. They are built tough for people who work construction. I don’t work construction but I am tough on phones, I dropped it from my pocket into about two foot of water in which it rested for about five minute before I figured out how to retrieve it and it still worked fine. The reason that I recommend you checking out this phone is that it seems to have more volume than other phones that I have had in the past. I don’t use any assistive devices with the phone. I just hold it near the Rondo 2 processor and I have to turn the phone volume down to half volume. Stands to reason that they may have a little more volume being build for construction workers in a noisy environments. What ever phone that you are interested it get them to demo it at the store so that you can see first hand how the clarity works for you.
  12. @Jewel ooh, I did not realize that. Maybe the fishing line and an alligator clip from the hardware store is your best choice.
  13. @Jewel I saw the tether and clips on line at the MedEl store. They are pricey but can be ordered. Not as pricey as replacing a lost processor though.
  14. I think that some audiologist want you to have low expectations going in. I know that in my case their pestomistic expectations at the first surgery center that I went to caused me to back out. My daughter wanted me to try a different surgery center and got me an appointment. That audiologist was just as negative as the first. I was about to cancel out there too but the Doctor was more positive. I had 0% speech understanding on the test, the Doctor told me that he thought he could get me 65 % . I also met with a ci recipient that was very positive and had great results, just so happened to used the same Doctor. I went through with it and was assigned a different audiologist . At 3 months after activation my speech understanding was above 80% and is probably better now. I think they are doing a great disservice to their patients by giving low expectations. Just my opinion.
  15. This is not an every day problem, only happens occasionally. The tip of rotating the processor from 10 o'clock to 2:00 o'clock and back to 12:00 o'clock seems to fix the problem when it occurs. Thank you @Mary Beth for this tip. I personally prefer a stronger magnet but my audiologist disagrees with me and I trust her to know more than I do.
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