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Ivana Marinac

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  1. Hi @Mary Featherston,

    I use regularly on a daily basis Bonebridge since I was a bit reluctant toward the quality of BAHA BP100 when I have tried it several years before the BB.

    As an active person who does a lot of sport, I was reluctant toward the idea of having the abutment system.

    In the meantime, I have received a Bonebridge and could not be happier and satisfied both with the quality of sound but also not having any kind of usual issue with BAHA system. However, BAHA was and still is a valuable principle because it has learned the scientific community the value of the osseointegration process as well as new pathways of spreading bone conduction sound.

    I have tried Adhear, and as you told - it is a valuable alternative to bone conduction systems since they need to be implanted under general or local anesthesia with postop issues, at least in your mind. Having said that, I have to underline that the sound quality is different - not worse but more like the powered version of hearing aid. Much more powered. 

    Yet, it catches practically everything and it requires a user to behave a lot more active during differing the sound signal. With my BB, I do not need to do that - as my local bank says: We offers, you just live! ;)

    Of course, I haven`t worn it for a longer period of time, perhaps I would adjust, perhaps not after having the BB experience. But it is really valuable alternative toward the necessity of having a surgery as well the fact that children might not be suitable or they become suitable to have an implantation after becoming 5 years old. Hearing pathways are more prone to develop since the day 1 up to two years old. At least, developing a binaural hearing processing. 

  2. Unfortunately, I do not remember. I have never saved it because it is not important to me. But some people provided it in the FB unofficial Med-EL group as well as in that group where people share more technical details. I have reminded that link when users in the U.S. still had not activated 2nd microphone.

  3. Our greatest enemies actually or as Robert Frost has written: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep..."

    Find my pockets like that and always ignore them as the storage option for my Samba: it can be placed only at my direct eye-contact or on my head. When I make something else, I feel a bit distressed and feel the urge to correct my previous move...


  4. Yes, Symphony Nr. VII, Part II is my favorite music piece.



    A striking fact for the eye: by listening to his pieces a listener can track how his hearing loss developed and how it has, finally, deteriorate. His, the most erratic music pieces were written when he could hear barely or even - nothing. 

  5. On 03/02/2018 at 5:14 PM, Kara of Canada said:

    Hi @Ivana Marinac my surgeon said the exact same thing since he had a student with him during my exam. That children need to be bilateral. He said also about my last surgery this time he’ll be more cautious and make a smaller hole to avoid the brain thing! Also there are no anatomical anomalies on the left side so he is comfortable to go ahead. 

    We have passed a long road to come up to this level of knowledge but all newest research tells the same conclusion. The earliest possible with less as possible help from a side. 

  6. 8 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    Our world has many different listening environments.  It is important to expose children with CIs to lots of different listening environments so they develop the necessary listening skills.


    Many children with CIs live in major cities full of city life noise and do just fine.


    I support Mary Beth·s opinion - the best possible conditions for a young child as it is your Dare, are bilateral implantation and expositions to the full specter of sound, no matter of the frequency band. In this way, the child will develop the full potential for hearing and understanding. Do not think in a way how you will make easier the environment around him because once the conditions will change and the adaptation will be a lot heavier.


  7. On 28/01/2018 at 3:51 PM, dare_v said:

    Yes, we will scheduele another test, but we already came negative twice. Still we have a strong feeling about our boy to hear something. Like clapping hands, loud sneezing, etc. Thou the doctor at the last test said, that there are loud noises, speaking is not loud.

    Is there any other test, beside BERA, that can be done to test the heating in very young children?

    I can not comment the work of the speech therapist but, once more - yes! is the answer: there is another test after BERA, it·s name is ASSR.

    Please read this link:


    Where was it planned the implantation of your child? My presumption leans toward Maribor?

  8. On 16/01/2018 at 2:03 PM, dare_v said:

    Sorry Mary, that is what I mean. In which positon do surgeons implant the inner implant unit. Is that debatable or is some special position advised?

    Yes, Dare - it is debatable up to the certain point. 

    Wishing that your son can wear easily helmet - is reasonable, as the placement of the internal unit should not be at the particular place as it should be at bone-conduction implants.


  9. Hi Gang...

    Nothing up to now but I guess Med-EL works more on the FMT which is quite huge taking into account the main competitors, BAHA models on the abutment.

    Regarding water-resistance, I would be satisfied if Med-EL release bag as CI models has it: neither Amade nor Samba received any fancy adds-on after the official release. 

    Also, I am not a particular fan of the idea of rechargeable battery - I would better like to see a constructional replacement of microphone covers like Sonnet has. I find essential the sound quality at first place. 


  10. 10 minutes ago, Mary Beth said:

    @Ivana Marinac

    about the mellow tone of the cornet..........isn’t it just amazing that my long standing “dead” ear can notice a mellow brass tone quality?!  It stills blows my mind!

    Since it has been over 2.5 years already, I think I may just ALWAYS be amazed at the hearing these CIs give me.  And in a way, I am glad that I continue to be awed by these CIs.  They are a wonder every morning when I go from hearing absolutely nothing at all to hearing everything all around me.  I love them!

    Extremely... When I usually read that people have difficulties differing two totally opposite instruments and now I read your comments about "mellow brass" tone quality - my thoughts jumped: really? :huh:  I have never paid enough attention to this detail. Funny how I find myself on certain occasions when I take my hearing for granted not thinking how this effort could be pretty tremendous for my fellows with sensorineural HL. :rolleyes:

    This guides me up to the point when I think how important is to be persistent during the rehabilitation time.

  11. Okay, let's start with the initial finding - a profound conductive hearing loss does not exist.

    Why? Because skull bones behave as sort of conduction system from outside to the inner ear. The conductive hearing loss is purely mechanical, unlike the sensorineural hearing loss. I am pretty much puzzled, how on Earth the audiologist did not remind this simple but so logical argument during a discussion regarding your boy's hearing.

    Just an episode, last week occurred an incident with the audiometer in the hospital where I work - it started to act strangely giving me quite puzzled results, for instance - older people with the mixed hearing loss which is impossible having in mind their hearing loss history. 

    Back to your sons' story, the excuse that the other person didn't put the testing part in the correct spot just do not buy the story - from space, it is visible that it was put in a wrong way and retest should be done. Having in mind this, the second result is pretty much accurate - the way you described his hearing loss threshold is a typical way how hearing cells start to malfunction: at first and with the greatest extent higher frequencies. The lower frequencies are last and come after the middle frequencies. It's due to so-called tonotopicity of a cochlea. 


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