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  1. Thank you again! I still need to replace my rondo 2 that I lost a month ago, so yes, I am using sonnet 2s...I use the drier every night. I will keep disconnecting the rechargeable battery connector...I actually have trouble with the rechargeable batteries shorting or coming loose/not staying connected, but it is not too bad. He he...guess I should learn what the mic cover is. Worked today with my husband...words ending in "n" definitely sound like "d." Working on that. In a much better place...I think the stress of what to do with my business has replaced this stress...thanks for putting it all in perspective for me Mary Beth... Stay well! Much gratitude, Kerrie
  2. Thanks so very much for these great suggestions...I feel like something has changed over the past 2 weeks with my hearing...cannot pinpoint it...last appt with research dr he said my hearing seemed to have gotten worse & he questioned my mapping...with all that is going on, I think I just panicked a bit...thanks for the suggestions and for the reminders...I will keep at it and listen to music at my own pace... So so grateful for your time...take very good care! ❤️
  3. Hello Mary Beth...thanks, again for your time and response. I am using my laptop most of the time...I am usually 80% and higher when I look at the words and replay them...a lot...I try not to look at the words, but cannot repeat them back most of the time. Struggling most with the ones where you type the word in after it was said...the music lessons make me crazy...I cannot tell any difference at all for the scale exercises...I continue to listen to familiar music...so far, James Taylor's voice sounds exactly as I remember it...still struggling with the music and most other voices... May I ask, with live voices, what are the best activities? I used the picture sheets with words that you sent and that was fairly simple...got to the point where I was getting them all correct...I am doing well with one on one conversations for the most part... Thank you again...<3
  4. Hello Everyone...I hope you are staying well. I am looking for rehab resources other than Angel Sounds...I am 2 months post activation and am really struggling with the voices on Angel Sounds...my hearing husband does better than I do, but he struggles with it too...for some reason, my hearing seems more distorted these past 2 weeks (last mapping 3 weeks ago)...everything is so loud again...things that I thought I had assimilated to. With owning my own business and all that is going on, I have dropped the ball a bit and am looking to get back to regular rehab. I am part of a study group that uses Angel Sounds to test progress, but I really struggle. When I go to the audiologist, she uses a different program to test word recognition and I do much better with that...I am listening to TED talks, tracking books, etc. Music is still pretty bad...I know I need to be patient and that it is going to continue to take time...I am grateful for any suggestions...take very good care! ❤️
  5. Thank you Anita and Mary Beth...I will reach out to my rep this week and I will look in to the labels...love this group...progress has been great overall...struggling with the sound of traffic and background noises in restaurants, but word recognition has improved immensely...forcing myself to listen to music as much as possible...oh so grateful for your time and input...have a beautiful Tuesday... ❤️
  6. Thank you both...I will need to look through my boxes...I did not see anything...left my number everywhere I was yesterday, but no one has called...I got Sonnet 2s too, so I will be making due with those for a while...I like the sonnets, just like options too...
  7. Well, it did not take long...just 4 weeks activated (bilateral) and one of my Rondo 2s fell off yesterday. Retraced my steps twice with no luck...in the event that I am able to replace it, what are your best suggestions for keeping from losing them? Was trying to think of a way to label them with contact info, since if someone just finds it, they would have no idea what it is (where with a hearing aid, they may be more apt to turn it in, knowing what it is)...so bummed!
  8. Thanks so much...I will try to take a look at it again tonight and if I cannot figure it out, I will reach out to you...<3
  9. Hello Mary Beth and thank you! Appointment went very well, thank you...crazy loud again, but I am excited to say some of the adjustments that were made made voices sound much better. The audio and rep from Med El told me to keep working on my progress with word recognition...Angel Sound, TED talks, and books on tape...and to bring my equipment to my next visit to get the hang of everything. I have to the Roger Select...I think I have just been a bit overwhelmed with returning to work and trying to hear music (dance teacher), which have made me a bit unable to focus on the other stuff...rep told me there are lots of resources on the website and youtube...when I try again, if I have any questions, I will come back here for advice...thanks very much for your time. Hope you are well!
  10. audio processor, roger link and mic...I am certain there is one more, but I am starting with these 2...thank you!
  11. Hello! Heading in for 2nd mapping...not quite 2 weeks from activation. Overall, going well...last week was a bit tough. I am really struggling with all of the accessories...how to link them, what they are used for, etc. I have tried reading the books and instructions, but I think that maybe I am just a bit overwhelmed by everything right now...I realize it will become second nature after a while. My question is, what would be the best accessory to take with me today for my appointment? They told my to choose one, and I am looking for suggestions here. Thanks very much for your time! ❤️
  12. I was considered a candidate almost 3 years ago, but was scared to do it...worried about everything sounding robotic, losing my sense of taste, the surgery in general. I own a dance studio and teach 12 hours a week...music is so important to me both at work and outside of work...I have been unable to talk on the phone, etc. Over the past 6 months I could no longer hear my little dance students, and then eventually I could not hear adults either...social events on top of the business were too much...I finally decided my inability to hear people/words and music was more scary than the procedure and recovery...they were able to preserve my residual hearing in both ears...had a someone from Med El (from Austria) attend the surgery to demonstrate/oversee a new insertion technique...had a Med El rep at my activation appointment today too...was just activated an hour ago...bilateral...my typing sounds like bells, everything is so loud...the wind sounds like fire engine sirens (that I have not heard in years)...voices sound like I had read they would...tinny, high pitched, chipmunks, etc...I am loving every moment of it so far...feeling oh so grateful.
  13. Two more weeks until activation, but this made me smile...happy for you!
  14. Thanks...I will. I was doing pretty good until today actually. I'll get it back...thanks again!
  15. I do not...I will look into it after my nap...thanks very much for the suggestion...two weeks until activation. My husband and I have been texting...funny, first time he texted me I started to text him back forgetting he can hear what I am saying...a much needed laugh yesterday!
  16. Good to know...I know everyone has different experiences, but it is something to hold on to for now...I am a bit emotional/tired today too, which is not helping. I had mostly adjusted to it pre CI, but the past 2 days have been off the charts loud and my head hurts a bit today...I think I might need a nap! Thanks for being so supportive...
  17. I was just thinking about you and this subject Mary Beth...I have had tinnitus for years...really loud. It is so much louder 5 days post op. I am struggling with it today. Was your experience similar?
  18. DncTchr2

    Sonnet 2

    Hello...I was at UCLA. and I cannot wait...Beauty and the Beast is my favorite...a goal!
  19. DncTchr2

    Sonnet 2

    Hello...I wanted to give you an update! I am home and the surgery went well. They had two techs (one from Austria) who specialize in preserving residual hearing...they did an experimental procedure with the implants specific to preserving hearing and it seems to have worked! There was also a group from Japan visiting the hospital who sat in on the procedure. It was quite a party. I did not lose my sense of taste...have been sick just once, and pain has been managed with extra strength Tylenol. I think most of the pain is coming from the dressing, but I have to leave it on for 3 more days. Anyway, you have been so kind and I wanted to let you know so far I am feeling great. Hope you are well and that you enjoyed the show last night. Funny, I first realized just how bad my hearing had gotten watching Jersey Boys...I could hear the music, but none of the dialogue. I cried...that was 4+ years ago. Much gratitude, Kerrie
  20. Thank you...the final post I read at 2 am was a music post...after 1.5 years, 5 years, etc, music still sounds terrible... My sign to shut it down...I will update tonight or tomorrow...grateful for your time Mary Beth... ❤️
  21. Thank you so very much Mary Beth...really need to go to bed...but well, yeah, you probably know already...
  22. Ha! My head is spinning with all of this information...I have a lot of work to do starting next week...
  23. Do you need Audiolink in order to use Audiokey with Sonnet 2?
  24. DncTchr2

    Sonnet 2

    Me too! I vacillate between eating healthy all weekend and eating all of my favorite foods in case I lose my sense of taste...that is a concern. No other ear surgeries to compare it to, but I have had 2 c sections...have a terrific weekend Mary Beth.
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