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Ivana Marinac

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  1. Thank you, Megan - for your kind welcoming ticket to this interesting party. He-he... Interesting story and how the character of Batman was created but I use it mostly because of this particular detail of showing time. Can't believe it - what a tiny small world is this one... But, yes - Croatian people can be found everywhere: we are great wanderers. Just like that, I hope you'll have opportunity to visit Croatia. This part of Europe is quite interesting.... Regarding my implant status - I feel as I am reborn, but not just as human being than as a person. How much more information you can process and understand other's attitude, as well as their behaviour when you can - hear them properly. Recently I had a short episode of returning to my history, to my HA. I remember that I have dream once before - whether I have just persuaded myself that my Bonebridge is so much better or this is the real thing....? Then I got a chance to test myself - trying to communicate with my HA. Ahhh.... what a difference this was - regarding sound but also regarding the vibrations which were so hard that I craved for shutting it down... Used it only for the most essential and shortest possible communication. Also, as I am an ENT doctor, BB gave me opportunity to meet so many interesting people on various conferences all over the world: met different people, different continents (not just countries), even the developer of Soundbridge and Bonebridge, Geoffrey Ball and others. I felt a huge honor to get the opportunity to understand the world of hearing on one side trying to describe the world of silence, on the other side. My hearing loss is the consequence of a congenital syndrome which gave me bilateral atresia combined with microtia regarding hearing issues. As well as you, I do not have memory of how is it really to hear a certain sound, but I cherish music a lot, and this I would miss at most... I guess. My decision for implant was pure necessity so I could continue to work. With a digital hearing aid, I was only half functional - it tired me a lot because of constant hearing fatigue which arouse almost each afternoon. I have constant urge to shut it off - I knew this wasn't right. When I wore it, I imagined how it would be great just not have it at all.... How did you decide for your implantation? How come it wasn't earlier? I came here in order to find someone whom I could talk about Bonebridge, but it actually continued in much more different way. I got interested for the world of CI when I started to read lines of my friends, their observations partly guided me on my way toward better hearing as I didn't have someone just like me; on the other hand, I have started to develop my professional interest for CIs which has now prolonged into part of my afterwork activities of helping in an association of CI's implantees. Like it a lot - so much ideas. This enriched my life - we all, secretly, ask for some elementary answers or understanding in our lives: hearing people, no matter how compassionate they could be - can not understand that but are those who participate in our treatments, research activities etc. It's time for hearing impaired people to stand for themselves...:) Ok... Rambled a lot - I guess I slept extremely well...
  2. Yes! - Great reminder Mary Beth!
  3. Arghhh... I have potentials in some of wildest and weirdest hobbies - (re)thinking (and philosophizing) is one of them although today sadly forgotten or not used as well as these arts should be.
  4. Yeah... it is amazing how hearing research can be so intriguing as well as fun...
  5. Hello Megan, Writing you from the other part of the Globe - Europe is my playground and Croatia is my homeland where I live and work I usually jump into the pool while you're sleeping or going in the bed so my posts appear just like Batman wrote them I am not a CI than a bone conduction implantee - Bonebridge which is also one of the Med-ELs product from the portfolio. I am moderately bilaterally hearing impaired since birth grew up and made my whole education with one HA which has distinguished place in my heart for giving me opportunity to function almost as the normal person. On the other side, my Bonebridge gave me a completely new dimension of understanding and enjoying my everyday life as well as enjoying to work. I got chance to meet incredible people in real as well as people here at the forum who became my friends by supporting me in my lonely days. To quote Kara: we smiled, laughed and supported each other - we learn by reading our experiences and talking about them... We understand our utmost feelings and fears on that feeling....:) Time for bed! mine...
  6. Hi Lemi, Excuse me, I was absent for awhile from the forum. I will try to answer your questions. 1) telemetry is absolutely important, it shows that electrodes work as well as the implant; 2) electrocochleography is not necessary - at least, there are various balance tests even more informative; 3) surgeons are divided here - some of them use the facial nerve monitor, some of them don't. Mostly, it is used for an uninterrupted surgical follow-up because there are certain episodes where your facial nerve can be affected for a short period of time but not in a way that it is permanently damaged: this surgeon than doesn't know the work which has to be done;
  7. Of course - audio and visual cortex are very near and alert each other. Alo, they help each other by shortening the time of the reaction. Well, I meant on very subtle balance changes, for instance - if you're hearing impaired person you can't hear properly every sound around you and brain uses inputs from all sided, and especially comparing sounds from both ears so it can adjust itself in the space... Very interesting matter...
  8. Hi again - Valentin, You raised some pretty interesting questions here...;) Well, it is hard to compare the longevity of the batteries between the users because different implantees have different hearing maps; working time depends on this a lot.
  9. As a research fellow, I guess you should make a designation what type of implantees are needed for the research.
  10. Hi Dave - how it was? What is your opinion on this matter...?
  11. Hope you will girls, there are some theories that people who are hard of hearing has balance issues - but only because they were missing their hearing inputs. On the subtle level. Everyone could profit of that approach...;)
  12. Huh, patience is one of the essential attitude to work on restituting your hearing - this is not just a switch on accident than a process....;)
  13. Hi Valentin, Just for the records I will rewrite it - I use Power One and Rayovac, BUT for the Bonebridge.
  14. Dear U.S. crew - I wish you a pleasant Thanksgiving Day! I grew up watching the American movies about this important holiday for you - for my people, it will be the Christmas. Also, radio-guy shocked us that at one high-way near L.A. passed 49 millions vehicles to get their homes! Everyone of us can be proud on our decision but also for participating here to help those who are coming behind us. In a world where we live, people usually forget the importance of little things in their lives. In Denmark this is called - hygge rituals. However - have a great dinner today!
  15. Well girls - pardon me for jumping into the pool, perhaps you can make a guide for (re)starting yoga exercises after the implantation... I am pretty sure this could be helpful to a bunch of people...;)
  16. Hello Cara, Glad to see that you're ok now. I haven't been here for awhile... I went for a surgery also - as a predecessor of my possible bilateral implantation. So, it was very interesting to read few lines about your bilateral hearing experience. As for the "reaction" - I am not sure it was allergic reaction because, at first, you didn't react on the antihistamine; secondly, reaction was way to late after the surgery... I suspect that it was definitely kind of a reaction, most likely something you touched because you reacted to the prednisone.... Anyway, glad you had such a great switching on the second system Hope for reading more of your observations about bilateral experience....:P
  17. Mary Beth - this is an excellent advice, it would never crossed my mind...
  18. Hello Dave, Welcome to the Hearpeers. You should be more specific - you ask if you will need headphones after the implantation in which particular moment? Hope you are aware of the process of aural rehabilitation you will have to go through after the implantation in order to achieve wanted level of speech understanding. This is tiring process but - fruitful. Only, you need to have enough patience to endure whole process...
  19. Well.. ok, but right now you do not actually need such a strong MF for a decent diagnostic research...;)
  20. I hope so, because this sounds like someone found long-time forgotten model at the bottom of closet. - Is it unopened? Great! - It can be useful....:P
  21. Ouch... Ok, I do not like this news... Hoping everything will pass well... Thinking on you!
  22. Also thinking for some time - where did you disappeared, only catching myself at the same mouse trap Great news!!! Will keep my fingers crossed - again.
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