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    Sandy got a reaction from wpeters in Hello and Surgery Date   
    Hi Wayne.  This is Sandy.  I just replied to you on Facebook regarding the London hospital.  This has been the most fantastic journey for me.  It took patience, practice and perseverance (what we call the 3 Ps) but it pays off.  I can hear.  There’s a section in here called WOW Moments where people post the amazing things they can now hear.  Just remember that it’s a marathon not a sprint and requires a lot of work both for you and your support team.  Any questions, please ask.  Let your journey begin.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hello and Surgery Date   
    Hi Mary Beth.  Yes I am.  I’ve had it going on seven years and love it.  I can only get a new one if this one becomes inoperable. Our government will then pay a portion of the cost of a new processor and Med el will take this one back and reimburse me some of the cost.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hello and Surgery Date   
    Hi Wayne.  This is Sandy.  I just replied to you on Facebook regarding the London hospital.  This has been the most fantastic journey for me.  It took patience, practice and perseverance (what we call the 3 Ps) but it pays off.  I can hear.  There’s a section in here called WOW Moments where people post the amazing things they can now hear.  Just remember that it’s a marathon not a sprint and requires a lot of work both for you and your support team.  Any questions, please ask.  Let your journey begin.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo and High Humidity   
    Thanks Mary Beth.  I too find it tinny when my batteries are about to go.  I’ll keep you informed. 
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    Sandy reacted to Kylie in Feb/March/April 2019 CI surgery and/or activation   
    Aww thanks for this. Still awaiting my letter with my surgery date! They said Feb or March so hopefully any day now I'll hear (pun intended). Will keep you updated!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Jewel in New to CI journey - looking for support/information   
    Hi and welcome.  Remember the 3 Ps - practice, patience and perseverance. This is a marathon not a sprint.  Make sure you ask what the sounds are that you hear.  I was told by my audiologist to keep up the lip reading as it was an extra tool that we have at our disposal. After five years I find that I no longer use it as much. I agree with Mary Beth to wear your processor at all times. It will make a big difference.  Good luck and keep us informed. 
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to CI journey - looking for support/information   
    Hi and welcome.  Remember the 3 Ps - practice, patience and perseverance. This is a marathon not a sprint.  Make sure you ask what the sounds are that you hear.  I was told by my audiologist to keep up the lip reading as it was an extra tool that we have at our disposal. After five years I find that I no longer use it as much. I agree with Mary Beth to wear your processor at all times. It will make a big difference.  Good luck and keep us informed. 
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    Sandy got a reaction from Jewel in WOW Moments   
    Well, this was a first today. I was riding in the back seat of a car and my friend, who was in front of me, asked me a question. I absentmindedly answered her without even thinking about it. That's never happened before. She was facing front, I couldn't see her or read her lips. PROGRESS! Happy dance
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    Sandy got a reaction from Jewel in WOW Moments   
    Well, another WOW moment yesterday. My youngest nephew was married on the beach here in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and I heard almost the whole ceremony!
    Ivana, I just noticed your question above. I have been deaf since I was a child but it was progressively worse starting in my 20s. As a child of 7, my aunt who was deaf said she lip read so I thought if she could do it so could I! No one really picked up that I was deaf until I was in my 30s. It was just the way I was and I found coping mechanisms that worked for me.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Jewel in WOW Moments   
    Well, it's been 2 years since my implant and I thought I would share some WOW moments of my journey with newbies, those contemplating a CI and my fantastic Hearpeers support group. Don't get me wrong, there are frustrating, irritating moments too but the journey is well worth taking. It's taken two years but now I can hear TV and it's a way to improve your listening skills, even with the annoying background music. I can carry on a conversation with someone while driving and not have to turn to read lips or say "Pardon me, what did you say?" I no longer look for excuses to avoid family and friends get- togethers. I no longer need to let people know I can't hear, because I can. And the biggest of all is when someone says "Wow, you can hear so well"
    My suggestions: take little steps, put yourself out there, challenge yourself each day. And follow the 3Ps - practice, patience and perseverance! It works, I'm living proof! Celebrate your victories and when you need a break from hearing too much and are overwhelmed, turn it off and relax. We have the best of both worlds! Thank you everyone for your insight, encouragement and being an inspiration!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Julesrdh in WOW Moments   
    I haven't been on the forum for awhile due to travelling and a couple of medical issues I needed to deal with.  My Rondo had to be replaced (thank goodness for the warranty).  I would replace the battery and it would work for a couple of seconds and then the low battery indicator would sound and also it would just cut out and no sound.  The new one is so good I had to share this moment with you.  Your laugh of the day, is what it is.  I got in my car, started it and heard this funny sound and thought something was wrong with the engine.  I turned the car off and, lo and behold it was the rain pounding on the roof of the car.  Thought for the day:  If you thought you'd heard everything, you haven't.  Enjoy the hearing world!  It's awesome?
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    Sandy got a reaction from Cara Mia in WOW Moments   
    Thanks Ivana.  We will celebrate Cara Mia.  
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in WOW Moments   
    Thanks, Mary Beth.
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    Sandy reacted to Ivana Marinac in I am so scared please help.   
    Hi @Mitchell - from, now a bit an ancient Bonbridge user: 4 years has passed and I had an anniversary yesterday - the day when the other part of my life has begun.
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    Sandy reacted to Kara of Canada in Earrings with BTW processors   
    You got to jump in with both feet! Forget what others may think this is the best you!! You CAN hear. You CAN see. So celebrate!! Give the world something to be inspired about. 
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    Sandy reacted to Cara Mia in WOW Moments   
    Noticed yesterday that the license plate on my car starts with ALD. Sure my car serves me as an assistive listening devise. At the beginning of my journey i used it a lot for speech  and music understanding in noise. Thanks that my car is not very noisy. Exploring new placed with GPS help and phone conversatons were like a graduate tests. A voice command feature helped me to improve both listening skills and my pronunciation to be understood by my car without repeating ?
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    Sandy got a reaction from ColinY in WOW Moments   
    Well, it's been 2 years since my implant and I thought I would share some WOW moments of my journey with newbies, those contemplating a CI and my fantastic Hearpeers support group. Don't get me wrong, there are frustrating, irritating moments too but the journey is well worth taking. It's taken two years but now I can hear TV and it's a way to improve your listening skills, even with the annoying background music. I can carry on a conversation with someone while driving and not have to turn to read lips or say "Pardon me, what did you say?" I no longer look for excuses to avoid family and friends get- togethers. I no longer need to let people know I can't hear, because I can. And the biggest of all is when someone says "Wow, you can hear so well"
    My suggestions: take little steps, put yourself out there, challenge yourself each day. And follow the 3Ps - practice, patience and perseverance! It works, I'm living proof! Celebrate your victories and when you need a break from hearing too much and are overwhelmed, turn it off and relax. We have the best of both worlds! Thank you everyone for your insight, encouragement and being an inspiration!
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    Sandy got a reaction from kbetz63 in WOW Moments   
    Well, it's been 2 years since my implant and I thought I would share some WOW moments of my journey with newbies, those contemplating a CI and my fantastic Hearpeers support group. Don't get me wrong, there are frustrating, irritating moments too but the journey is well worth taking. It's taken two years but now I can hear TV and it's a way to improve your listening skills, even with the annoying background music. I can carry on a conversation with someone while driving and not have to turn to read lips or say "Pardon me, what did you say?" I no longer look for excuses to avoid family and friends get- togethers. I no longer need to let people know I can't hear, because I can. And the biggest of all is when someone says "Wow, you can hear so well"
    My suggestions: take little steps, put yourself out there, challenge yourself each day. And follow the 3Ps - practice, patience and perseverance! It works, I'm living proof! Celebrate your victories and when you need a break from hearing too much and are overwhelmed, turn it off and relax. We have the best of both worlds! Thank you everyone for your insight, encouragement and being an inspiration!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in WOW Moments   
    It is a WOW moment Cara! A blessing when the extraordinary becomes the norm!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Cara Mia in WOW Moments   
    That is great Cara. Having the implant has opened up so many possibilities for us.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in WOW Moments   
    That is great Cara. Having the implant has opened up so many possibilities for us.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in WOW Moments   
    Okay, as promised in my email to you Kara, another WOW moment! I was at bingo the other evening and could actually hear most of the numbers being called without looking at the TV screen. Another happy dance!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in The chatty forum   
    And here's number 3. I was playing bingo the other night and as I was leaving two women asked what was on the side of my head. I explained and they were in awe. One of the women asked if my church paid for the implant. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment when I have these discussions with people. Imagine 3 in 2 days!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Cara Mia in The chatty forum   
    And here's number 3. I was playing bingo the other night and as I was leaving two women asked what was on the side of my head. I explained and they were in awe. One of the women asked if my church paid for the implant. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment when I have these discussions with people. Imagine 3 in 2 days!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in WOW Moments   
    Okay, as promised in my email to you Kara, another WOW moment! I was at bingo the other evening and could actually hear most of the numbers being called without looking at the TV screen. Another happy dance!
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