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Kirk S.

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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  1. I’ll be there! Sorry I missed you guys this time. Hope you had a great chat. ... Things area going reasonably well at the hospital. With some luck, I should be home on Friday.
  2. That’s very helpful, Mary Beth. Thanks! I’ll definitely pass it along to Kubota-san at my next appointment since the default settings don’t seem to be very effective for me, so far. Of course, I know that everybody’s experience is a little different and I have plenty of patience for my brain to catch up. Even though the sound quality is still pretty yucky for me, the new CI has decreased my tinnitus to a tremendous degree, and that alone has made a tremendous improvement in my quality of life. Also, simply hearing a roughly equivalent level of sound entering both ears in tandem — whether they
  3. Oh, that’s exactly the kind of advice I need over here, Mary Beth. Thanks! I have an appointment with my new audiologists next week Friday, assuming I’m out of the hospital and I’ll pass it along. Hopefully they are experienced enough to do that.
  4. Hi Mary Beth! Thank you for the note and kind thoughts. Yes, actually, things are going a bit better, though it looks like I’ll remain in the hospital through next week. They put me on a course of heavy cortico-steroids and (mostly) bed rest and it seem like that has more or less stopped the damage to my “good side” for the time being. My left-side lower tones (125Hz and 250Hz) had dropped to -70dB and -65db, but have clawed back up to 55db and 60dB, respectively, since Monday. The mid-tones had not dropped quite so bad, but have leveled off and have climbed up an average 5db. That’s not gre
  5. Hi Mary Beth. Just a quick heads up that unfortunately won’t be able to attend the HearPeers Virtual Coffee Chat next weekend. I had a hearing test and appointment with my otolaryngologist today and the results were so bad that he ordered me straight into the hospital. It appears that my left-side hearing (the “good side”) suddenly crashed badly over the weekend (after beginning to weaken a couple weeks ago) and my doctor wants me in the hospital straightaway for daily tests, observation, treatment, etc. Maybe surgery, too. He said I should plan on being in the hospital at least a couple weeks
  6. Hi Mary Beth. Thanks for the invite. I’ll be there. Looking forward to it! Best, Kirk
  7. Hi Mary Beth, By the way, I was doing some research and ran across someplace called the Presbyterian Ear Institute、、 in Albuquerque. I think Presbyterian is a major national hospital/medical chain. It seems pretty professional but I’d like to know if you’ve heard of it or have any thoughts on whether it might work for me. The location wold certainly be convenient. Please let me know what you think. Thanks! https://www.presbyterianearinstitute.org Best, Kirk
  8. Hi Mary Beth! Thank you for your note. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do like road trips. That was my Plan A for New Mexico: Stay in Santa Fe, then make a quick 60- to 90-minute trip to Albuquerque every week or two for CI appointments, mappings, etc. There’s lots of hiking, biking and skiing in Santa Fe, which I really like, so I could pass a few months like that pretty easy, even if my wife was stuck in Tokyo. Plus the COVID outbreak in New Mexico seems manageable; there’s literally plenty of room there for social distancing. But so far, I haven’t been able to find a top-notch audiology/CI
  9. Hi Mary Beth! Thank you for your note. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do like road trips. That was my Plan A for New Mexico: Stay in Santa Fe, then make a quick 60- to 90-minute trip to Albuquerque every week or two for CI appointments, mappings, etc. There’s lots of hiking, biking and skiing in Santa Fe, which I really like, plus the food is great, so I could pass a few months like that pretty easy, even if my wife was stuck back home in Tokyo. Plus the COVID outbreak in New Mexico seems manageable; there’s literally plenty of room there for social distancing. But so far, I haven’t been abl
  10. Thanks, Mary Beth. This looks very useful. I’ll make sure to discuss OTOPLAN, etc., with my doctor when I meet with him on Friday of this week... Our HearPeers meeting last night was very helpful for me, as always, so thank you for that. I really hope that my electrode array has been properly placed and that my recovery/rehab is simply taking a little longer than standard, or that language and cultural issues here in Japan are just slowing things down a bit. However, as you apparently detected during our meeting yesterday, I’m starting to get a bad feeling that something is seriously wrong. Ma
  11. Hey, Mary Beth. Count me in, of course. Here’s an idea: Why don’t we suggest that everyone start the meeting with a cup of coffee, tea or whatever they drink wherever they are (although Heaven knows what Kylie and her friends drink in far-off Perth — probably beer!). That’ll keep it friendly, social, convivial. Slurping allowed! Kirk
  12. Hi Mary. Thanks for the note. Yes, Mayo’s audiology department seems to have a really good reputation. I’m not sure I want to spend six months or a year in cold, cold, cold Minnesota, however! I’m used to mild Tokyo weather. But it’s definitely an option. Maybe we can talk about it during our group chat next month. Look forward to seeing you then! Best, Kirk
  13. Thanks, Mary Beth! That’s very helpful. I was already thinking about Vanderbilt and Chapel Hill, so I’ll put those high on the list. I’m still hoping to find a location where I currently have friends and where there are outdoor activities. I do a lot of skiing in the winter and hiking and outdoor sports in the summer, so Santa Fe would an ideal place for me, especially since some old friends are retired there. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any top-rated ENT/Otolaryngology departments or audiologists in Santa Fe or Albuquerque (which is just an hour away). Presumably, they have some nat
  14. Hi All, Does anyone have any ideas about finding a good audiology department in the States to help me MAP my new CI? I live in Japan, as many of you know. I switched to a new audiology department about six or eight weeks ago, after poor results with my first group, but I’m still having difficulty communicating; the personnel are all very nice and seem reasonably competent, but the language and cultural barriers here in Japan are pretty severe. Everything seems to get lost in translation. I know that audiologists are key to the post-op/rehab process, so I’m thinking about moving back to t
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