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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 reacted to Adam in Almost missed my anniversary   
    Hello all,
    dealing with all of this brain surgery stuff, I almost let an important anniversary slip by. 
    6 years ago yesterday, I recieved my first implant. It has been a wild ride and I would not change a thing.
    Thank you Medel for completely changing my life.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Julesrdh in No hearing after activation, only "sensations"   
    A very inspiring analogy, Adam. I will literally use it when I get frustrated with both my hearing and hip replacements - a marathon, not a sprint!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Quattro 4   
    Thanks Mary Beth, I'll play with it and see what happens.  I'll let you know.
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    Sandy reacted to Adam in Cochlear implant day   
    Some people where I live are more discreet about it as they are curious. I totally get that. 
    The fact that I have many scars bumps and valleys on my head ( my barber just loves me ?) some people are pretty blatant and stare as if they saw a monster. 
    It still bugs me a little as if they would just ask, I'd be glad to share. It isn't like they are going to catch anything. 
    I prefer a flat top haircut down to the skin on sides and the back. If I were to grow my hair out just to hide the processors, then the people that are ignorant about CIs and don't have manners win. 
    I decided I was not going to live my life like that. You can either take me for who I am, scars processors and all, or you can avoid me and still be uneducated about a pretty awesome technology. I will live my life on my terms, hopefully educating a few people along the way. 
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Happy Holidays   
    Happy Holidays everyone.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in rehab for 2 months, but .....   
    I did the same Mary Beth and my audiologist was able to make changes to my mappings that helped.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Cara Mia in Ready for the second round   
    So happy for you Cara
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ms_D in My Journey   
    Congratulations, Donna.
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    Sandy got a reaction from maliaham in Rondo tethering   
    I punched two tiny holes in the silicone protector screen and then using an jewellery o-ring attached a necklace extender to it. I then attached another o-ring to use the clip. I've been using the small clip but am thinking of changing it. I tried to upload the picture but must be technologically challenged. I can email it to you if you pm me your email address.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Mary Beth in Sounds of silence   
    I'm still learning and it's been three fantastic years. Each day is a new experience. Today I'm sitting in my gazebo listening to all the birds. The annoyance is the cricket, hiding somewhere in my house! I hear him! I am so amazed at all the sounds I've missed over the years! This is definitely a journey worth travelling!
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    Sandy got a reaction from Ivana Marinac in Sequential cochlear implantation...   
    My experience was the same as Kara. My audiologist gave me some handouts and then when I was home, my friend Judi, helped create all sorts of different "lessons". She visited everyday to help me and then I made sure I put myself in situations that I previously avoided.
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    Sandy got a reaction from Cara Mia in Sequential cochlear implantation...   
    My experience was the same as Kara. My audiologist gave me some handouts and then when I was home, my friend Judi, helped create all sorts of different "lessons". She visited everyday to help me and then I made sure I put myself in situations that I previously avoided.
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