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Ivana Marinac

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  1. 16 hours ago, Kimmay said:

    You know, I never thought of that!!! I’m using batteries that I buy at a drug store but they aren’t made for medical equipment. I should be using the batteries the audiologist prescribed!!! THANK YOU MARY BETH! I’m going to order new batteries tomorrow !

    I will keep you posted and again thank you! Hoping this works. 

    Try to find Power One, Duracell or Rayovac - implant type.

    I guess you will find it faster in a hearing aid shop or at your local audiologist. Try also order from Amazon or E-Bay - they have good deals!

    Also, before put it working, tape off their sticker and leave a battery on the air for 5 minutes in total and then put it in the compartment of your BB.

  2. 16 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    Which brand batteries are you using?  I am a CI user and I had lots of trouble with my Sonnets and ZeniPower batteries.  When I switched to PowerOne batteries the problems all went away.  Just a thought.

    Hmmm... I have never had an opportunity to test ZeniPower batteries... Did you have these kinds of episode that batteries just - died.

  3. 16 hours ago, Kimmay said:

    My samba will make a short circuit sound and then completely shut off. Sometimes it won’t come back on until I open the battery door and then close it again. It’s happened with three of them so far. The last one I got I stopped wearing it when my hair was damp and air drying. But it still made short circuit sound and turned off and on. Three different processors now. 

    This is really too much... Do you put your processors on your head while your hair is still wet?

    I never do that. 

    Did you ask for an appointment with the Med-EL support - I guess, it is reasonable to expect that internal unit should be rechecked.

  4. Hello Kimmay,

    Can you describe me little bit thoroughly what is happening to you? Cutting in and out means - stop working?

    You put your Samba while your hair is wet? 

    Pardon me, I am not native English speaker so it is possible that I didn't understand you well. 

    I wear my Samba, now three years consecutively and this has never happened to me - but I beware very carefully and never EVER put it even close to moist or anything like. My biggest problem is a frequent dusting of microphone cover so my sound deteriorates after 6 months or similar....

  5. On 22/10/2017 at 0:29 PM, stream2525 said:

    I didn't understand. Do you hear without a processor ? :o

    No Stream - there is no wonder healing.

    The WOW moments which we describe happen as the consequence of the natural evolution of the neuroplasticity of our brains after it is properly stimulated. 

    Problem with hearing aids is that they stimulate dying hearing cells - with time the total amount of these cells are less and less. This means that neural hearing pathways are not stimulated as they should be - the final result is worsening of hearing abilities: brain fells into a sleep like sleeping beauty... Or less romantic - try to immobilize your arm/hand or leg for a week and see what will happen with your muscles and consequently with strength and the ability to move it properly. It will vanish little by little... 

    But - the best part is that as well as muscles, your brain remembers all these stimuli and the ability to understand sounds. With time and practice, the ability of our brains to improves itself is enormous so people start to discern subtle differences which they didn't even dream that they would ever be able to do. 

    So here comes the uninformed moto of our forum: 3P's - Practice, Patience, and Perseverance. Like muscle gets its strength to move or lift more weight, so brain evolves its abilities to understand, differ and improve each day more and more... 

  6. Hi Stream,

    It's definitely implantees who had an experience of hearing in their formative years. This means: proper transmission of sound through the implantee's brain happens in the appropriate time-frame although - sooner is better. If you had a good hearing threshold in this period (up to 4 years old), you do not worry regarding this particular issue because your brain had all potentials to evolve a fully functional neural hearing net between. 

  7. Mmmm... Very interesting discussion - even for professional circles.    

    To properly set this puzzle many questions have been raised as well as answers were given, but … There are some missing parts so let’s start from the elementary: first question which should be regarded as a dynamic of Stream’s losing his hearing; and second is were there any stable periods and how long did they last.

    If Stream’s hearing loss is even a bit stable, EAS system should be considered because preserving a natural sense of lower frequencies are still worthwhile because processing of the electrical stimulation and natural hearing does not go the same way as well as the acoustic amplification.

    The situation of fast deterioration of hearing is absolutely and without any doubt, the case for recommending a cochlear implant with a standard length of electrode no matter the situation of having useable lower frequencies. Having more than one operation in a short period of time is – not effective for anyone.

    If we consider the situation where hearing loss progresses in a far lighter version, EAS is recommendable because this type of system uses both ways of hearing stimulation.


    To answer Stream: with EAS only using Sonnet gives you the opportunity to amplify lower frequencies by natural way – acoustically, and that way goes through the ear mold. That’s why using Rondo is nor effective (because it can not set in motion the acoustic part in any way nor it is a logical solution. I do understand that you would like to get rid of hassling with an ear-hooked outer part but this goes contrary your gain.

    I hope you do understand that cochlear implant is not – a hearing aid and that rehabilitative part is nor easy nor 100% promising solution of getting a perfect result.

    Having in mind these keys for a serious discussion which will have serious repercussions on your life, any definitive answers you should seek with your ENT surgeon. If you need, talk with more than one, but keep always in mind a thought that part of the decision is in your surgeon’s hands – otherwise all professional discussions would not have any sense.

    I remember the EAS discussion on this world ENT Congress – it was a very dynamic talk between “giants” in our profession. Each one of them had part of uncertainty in this matter in a way that each patient should be discussed individually.

  8. Mary Beth is right - ask your ENT for further information about EAS system - basically, it is also a cochlear implant but for a partial insertion and keeping lower frequencies as far as it is possible. 

    Unfortunately (although it sounds a bit less invasive) - Soundbridge is not a solution for the threshold of your hearing loss. Soundbridge is a solution for stable threshold and up to 75 or perhaps 80 dB. Please, be aware that I have stretched a lot these numbers and are not according to the producer.

  9. Hi Stream,

    Can you describe a little bit better your hearing loss curve or even show us your audiometric findings.

    Why I am asking you that - a hearing loss which is deteriorating over years significantly profits better from the EAS system than the implantation of the Soundbridge.

    Yes, it was developed for a sensorineural hearing loss but the loss of the inventor was stable. The majority of people who are losing their hearing lose it steadily but continually in the higher frequency spectrum. Putting an implant which is not adequate is technically possible but ethically and professionally questionable. 


    Actually, as the route of sound transfer for a bone conduction hearing loss is different than in sensorineural (transfer over bones of the skull) the lower frequencies are impacted at first in order of speech intelligibility and sound quality. That's why I thought that I should work more with lower frequency band than with a high band. This was a mistake, higher frequencies were underestimated on the expense of lower and were overlapped by them. So, practically my overall speech intelligibility started to deteriorate and we couldn't reach the conclusion why is this happening.

    Taking into account of my own experience of what is the real hearing spectrum, I used to think and still have this feeling that it is more in the lower frequency band. But, more and more I think about all my fittings, I start to understand that my intelligibility is more of how I perceive higher band no matter what timbre and the overall roundness sound is given by lower spectrum band.

    So this is part of my own subjective acoustical experience where none road is exactly right - you have to choose each one, sometimes being boring but getting the best possible result taking into account of your own needs. Practically, this means that none of us has same daily scheme and surrounding acoustical challenges. Our working environments surrounded with different equipment or teaching in the classroom are fundamentally different. Not to mention if you are home-based or visiting restaurants which have a different level of background noise in different cultures. 

    To reach the conclusion :P - we have concluded that dust on the microphone distorted to sound more easily because the lower band overlapped the middle and higher band.

  11. On 10/23/2017 at 0:25 AM, Kara of Canada said:

    @Mary Beth and @Ivana Marinac  question for you both. I have an amazing Audi but she is on maternity leave. The replacement is telling me that I should have stabilized by now and I shouldn’t bother to come back for at least 18 months! I haven’t managed to go more than 7 months without a visit to change my mapping. What’s the best approach to this? I went in in August because I needed an adjustment. I’m scheduled for my two year appointment in December. Not sure of the best route here. 

    Hi Kara,

    I support Mary Beth's thoughts regarding this issue.

    As pretty substantial portion of tests done in the audiometrical testing are subjective - elementary taken, only we can say whether we should stop doing fittings or we still think there is something what we can change or we've made a mistake or even have to do "an average solution" which satisfy us more in functional than overall experience. To be more precisely, I can describe my recent activity when I returned to one of my old map from the March of 2016. after almost a year and half of wandering around because I could not differ whether my understanding issue is linked with different setup of hearing frequencies. At the end we have found that dust on the microphone made a speech intelligibility alteration in order I could not presume. So, I am thankful up to the heaven and back for a patience and support provided by my clinical engineer regarding the particular issue of my own feeling of "comfortable" hearing.

    Regarding the stability of hearing, it lasted longer for me with shorter perioda between mappings but when I reached the level of "enough" intensity I have found stable - this does not mean that small alterations were not required but with incremential effects on my everyday life.

  12. 16 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    I love your WOW moments @Ivana Marinac!  Recognizing the musical instrument voices when they are playing together is a favorite WOW moment of mine too.  I can’t get enough of it.  And then later on it blows my mind whe I realize I am listening with only a limited number off ekectrodes versus an acoustical hearing ear.  The power of the brain!  I love neuroplasticity.

    Just - awesome! A word which comprises everything - your training actually gives me a direction what I could do more... It really inspires me... :wub:

  13. On 16/10/2017 at 8:26 PM, Kara of Canada said:

    @Ivana Marinac I only use one Sonnet and it works really well in noisy settings. I turn the sensitivity down almost all the way and I can hear better than some hearing people. Lol! Love this life!! 

    Yeah! I do the similar to my gang in noisy places and make them crazy! Arghhh! :D

  14. On 15/10/2017 at 10:04 PM, Mary Beth said:

    I have heard similar things quite a bit about how the Sonnet is more advanced than the Rondo due to dual mic settings.  (We really can not comment on the built in 2.4 wireless connectivity since it is still a FUTURE tech and hasn’t been released yet.)

    I have friends who are huge Rondo fans.  Even though the Sonnet has dual mics.

    This past month of using my Rondos only has been quite educational for me.  I do not miss the Sonnet dual mics except in very noisy places.  The Rondos are so much easier to use.  My batteries last a bit more than 3 days in the Rondos so I just change them after 3 days and never have to worry about dead batteries at inconvenient times.  The Artone 3 MAX works just as well with my Rondos as Sonnets and now I have CozyPhone headband headphones too for my Rondos.  Terrific stereo sound that way.

    I am going to spend one more month using my Rondos only and then return to my Sonnets.  Stay tuned.  Smile.

    For some people, the Sonnet dual mics have given them the ability to hear in situations that they could not hear in before.  I think that is terrific.


    @Ivana Marinac

    Definitely Mary Beth - for instance, having ability to hear in noisy places is a terrific advantage, although everybody points toward easier wearing of Rondo.

    If I can ask you a favor, is there a possibility to compare using of unilaterally Sonnet and Rondo? Unfortunately, this is a situation in my country and I would love if I could have the possibility to advise people in these situations. 

    Thank you, Mary Beth, for all - you are such a valuable member of the community, a true discoverer, and experimenter. 

  15. Hello Gang,

    Although I was never completely deaf my situation is different - even when I had my hearing aid, everything sounded melt into one big bowl of porridge.

    First WOW sound is definitely when I have heard (right after the activation) a difference when my Doc started clicking on a keyboard right beside a sound speaker - Rolling Stones were on.... 

    Second WOW was the next day - after a night call, off-duty team passes a status to the next - on-duty team. A high ceiling room with a catastrophic acoustic where I could never differ 2 voices - suddenly I could understand 2 or even 3 discussions between. This was and will be such an exquisite moment for my lifetime...

    Third WOW was definitely hearing a rain outside with closed windows.

    Fourth I have such urge to describe as I am an extreme music lover - hearing a symphonic orchestra and having the ability to differ a separate instrument. Hearing an organ or harp in this big mess... Unforgettable... 

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