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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in For those of you that don't know   
    Hi T.! Welcome to HearPeers! I'm sure this is a really exciting time for you and your grandson, and there are lots of different ways that you can help him build language skills. One place I'd recommend going is the MED-EL blog, where we've got over a hundred different articles that have hands-on information about building language skills.
     
    Here are two ones we've recently posted, which I think would help you out in the next month:
     
    5 Things to Do Before Your Child Receives a Cochlear Implant Help Your Child Develop Language Skills with Rhymes  
    And you can check out all the articles here: http://www.medel.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/
     
    Otherwise, just ask a question here and I know you'll get lots of great answers!
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    ErikHaugsby reacted to Luqman055 in About SYNCHRONY   
    Sir Erick, Thank you for contacting with me. I will soon met to that person that you told me and discuss with him. He is also my baby's audiologist. As i met him I will contact with you. Also thanks for Mary berth for considering  my concern
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Luqman055 in About SYNCHRONY   
    Hi Luqman, as Mary said I help moderate this forum. I'll send you a PM with some information about who you can talk with at MED-EL.
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Mary Beth in About SYNCHRONY   
    Hi Luqman, as Mary said I help moderate this forum. I'll send you a PM with some information about who you can talk with at MED-EL.
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    ErikHaugsby reacted to Kara of Canada in Checking in on Cara Mia   
    I had the same problem Cara. I was using the cochlear phone training program and found that helped. But I was almost terrified to make a live phone call. On day I took the leap and called someone. It was actually really good. I was afraid still of automated calls. So I availed those. Then I started listening to voicemails and sure enough I got mist of the conversation. So now I am making regular calls. I still have some apprehension but I do it for the sake of doing it. Still have some issues with people who talk really fast but generally I get it all. I don't use any add one. Just phone to the head no changing programs. Works best for me. I tried it the other way and found I got this strange static noise so I stopped. I didn't start using the phone till the third month after activation in training that is. So good luck Cara!! Hope this might help.
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in Frustrated CI user   
    Hi Lucy, I'll send you a private message with some contact info for our MED-EL representative for Honolulu!
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Mary Beth in Frustrated CI user   
    Hi Lucy, I'll send you a private message with some contact info for our MED-EL representative for Honolulu!
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    ErikHaugsby reacted to Mary Beth in T-hooks for listening music   
    Wow you really can tell which sounds are coming into which CI with this. I think it's the first time I have heard music in stereo in over two decades. Wow.
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Mary Beth in Question for admin   
    Hey all, I'll ask our technical team to see what can be done!
     
    As another possibility, it's also possible to go to a "New content" page where you can see everything that's been posted in the last 24 hours, week, two weeks, month, etc. -- or sorting by "unread," or what's been posted since your last visit.
    Here's the link: http://forum.hearpeers.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=viewNewContent&search_app=forums
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in Question for admin   
    Hey all, I'll ask our technical team to see what can be done!
     
    As another possibility, it's also possible to go to a "New content" page where you can see everything that's been posted in the last 24 hours, week, two weeks, month, etc. -- or sorting by "unread," or what's been posted since your last visit.
    Here's the link: http://forum.hearpeers.com/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=viewNewContent&search_app=forums
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in MED-EL Blog: your ideas?   
    Hey gang,
     
    (first time starting a thread here, oh boy!)
     
    I've got a question about articles on our blog, and I'd like your ideas.
    Are there specific topics you'd like to learn about, that you'd like us to write about? Are there hearing implant-related questions that you've got--or know other people have? 
     
    While I know there are some topics I wouldn't be able to cover (company secrets, specific medical advice, country-specific info, or sometimes there's information that just isn't available to me), I'm open to suggestions.
     
    If it adds anything, here are the posts that have been viewed most in the last 12 months:
    Pictures of the Ear: Deep in the Cochlea
    5 Ways to Identify High Frequency Hearing Loss
    How The Ear Works
    Learn About the Different Types of Hearing Loss
    The MED-EL SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System FAQ
    What Is Residual Hearing?
    What Batteries Should I Use With My Cochlear Implant?
    5 Amazing Facts About the Ear
    How the Ear Hears Sound
    Introducing the MED-EL SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System
    And here are the 10 that've gotten the most interaction on Facebook, since the beginning:
    Pictures of the Ear: Deep in the Cochlea 3 Free Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation Activities for Any Child Low Frequency Sounds with a Cochlear Implant WaterWear for RONDO: Mary Shares her Experience Listening Games: 5 Ways to Help Your Child Detect Sounds How The Ear Works The Difference Between Speech and Language Bilateral Cochlear Implants: Mary Beth’s Story MED-EL Musicians at the International Piano Festival by People With Disabilities The MED-EL SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System FAQ  
    So, hit me with your best shot. What do you think should be on the blog?
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in My story   
    If you want to keep writing, Adam  just let me know! What could we talk about, what would people want to hear about? 
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in New jorney   
    Hi Outoforder, thanks for writing to us. I'm not a doctor, so can't give you any specific advice on the echoes that you say you're hearing, but what I have done is sent this on to our MED-EL USA team so that they know about it. I recommend keeping your audiologist informed about what's going on, and getting in touch with your local MED-EL representative as well. So I'll send you a private message with more information about your representative. 
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in Our Bionic buddy Ivana   
    Congratulations Ivana!
       
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in Does Automatic Sound Management really work?   
    Hey there Leah, I'm Erik and I work at MED-EL. Thanks for writing to us about your hearing. As usual Adam, Ivana, Mary Beth have all got some good input--thanks guys and girls  ! So what I can add is hopefully a bit of reassurance.
    First, you've got the right attitude with wanting to persevere. Since you've been hearing with a cochlear implant for only 8 months, that isn't a very long time at all. Everybody's hearing and hearing journey is different, but there's usually lots of changes that happen in the first 12 months of hearing. It's important that you keep in contact with your audiologist about this, because he or she is firstly the one who can change your processor's programming depending on how you're hearing. Automatic Sound Management is automatic in use, but before it can be automatic it requires some settings to be manually entered in during your fitting sessions. Secondly, your audiologist is the one who can help give context to your hearing: how others at your "hearing age" are hearing, how others with your specific hearing loss are doing, and so forth. Again, everyone's hearing is different and because of that it's hard for anyone to judge just how well a given person will be able to hear with a cochlear implant.
    If you'd like to speak with your MED-EL rep. as well, I'll send you a private message with some more information about who you can talk with. And if you have any other questions just leave us a note and I'll get back with you.
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from new_user24 in rehab programs?   
    There have been lots of great responses above, so I'll follow up with some of the specific rehab activities that we've put together at MED-EL specifically for word recognition:
    Interactive listening activities like Sentence Matrix and Sentence Matrix 2, and a downloadable set of additional activities you can do with friends. These are all free to use.
    Also, we make a "Listening Up!" rehab program, which is a set of 3 CDs that help with hearing and recognize spoken words and letters. You can buy these by contacting your local MED-EL representative.
    Happy hearing!
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from sethum2014 in Bilateral activated - 11 months old son   
    Hi there, thanks for writing to us about your son. It's nice ot hear that he's progressing well!
    For the SONNET, additional wearing options or a rechargable battery packs currently aren't available. When they are released you'll be able to order them by contacting your local MED-EL representative. Due to company policy we cannot talk about products that are currently under development, so I can't share any dates as to when they will be available. I'll send you a private message with more information about your specific representative. Thanks!
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    ErikHaugsby got a reaction from Mary Beth in Mapping appointment next week.   
    Hi Marion,
     
    Just wanted to add a bit here from our audiologists and rehab specialists at MED-EL. The key bit is that this can be a difficult situation--and you are not alone. Sound is something that's hard to describe and it's perceived differently by everyone. To add to that, sound quality will change over time as your brain learns how to hear with a cochlear implant.
     
    Here's what they've said after reading your post:
     
    Many people find this difficult, so you are not alone with this challenge. We have very few words in our language to describe sound, so even for hearing people describing the quality of different sounds can be hard. Some things you can tell her to help her are: Are there any sounds which are uncomfortable for you? Which situations are easy to hear in, which are difficult? Are some people easier to understand than others-if so, are they females/males, do they have high or low pitched voices, can you describe why they are easier to understand? Which environmental sounds can you hear well, which are more difficult?
     
    You may also want to consider keeping a sound diary for at least a few days.  When certain situations arise, describe as much as you can about the situation.  Having specific situations you can refer to can help the Audiologist understand more about how your sound quality changes in certain environments or with certain individuals.  
     
    The comments you have given would be very helpful for the audiologist. If you wish, you can ask the Audiologist if you could go outside during your fitting appointment to try out the new program in different situations.  This way if the sound quality is not ok for you, then the Audiologist could have the opportunity to improve it for you before you leave the office. You can also request that the audiologist keeps the ‘old’ program as an option in your processor, so that you can return to it if you want to later.  
     
    I really hope this helps, in addition to what Adam and Mary Beth have said.
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