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Ivana Marinac

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  1. Hi, Hetty,

    I guess that your mother has a normal hearing threshold on the left side then but having some "glue ear" episodes if her hearing gets worse having a cold?

    I am really not familiar with the existence of the different model of Amade otherwise than the regular one which is swapped in Europe for Samba model. 

    This explanation with a battery sound really interesting because I am not sure how it is possible - did they test the position of the implanted part (the FMT part)? 

    On the other side, Samba has more power, so the higher value of intensity is possible to achieve. 

    Having a mixed hearing loss is a problem a bit because it's partially the loss of the inner ear too. It depends on how it is affected - to what extent. 

    Did you get only one program or there are also different programs? When I had Amade, I had 3 different programs and one was for the situations when I am in a situation of a loud background noise - then that program actually lowered it and I could function pretty normal because voices actually came up on the surface burying the unwanted noises in a cellar, figuratively spoken. 

    Unfortunately, I am not aware of anyone who would know a Dutch here, on the forum. But hey, I am from Croatia - so just being here I practice a bit of my knowledge of English language. For the rest - there is Google translate ;) 


  2. Hello,

    Sorry your mother feels worse, but did she ever went for refitting her device?

    Which sound processor she use - Amade or Samba?

    And last but not last - what kind of hearing loss and up to which hearing threshold is your mother's loss?

    Problem of digital HAs and same with implant technologies that usually people are not explained how important re-fittings are in our hearing lives. I had so many fittings that I can't even remember, simply because my hearing situation has changed a lot and often.


  3. On 9/17/2017 at 6:41 PM, Jon said:

    Hi.

    I think it has a good chance to improve. I had several (2 or 3?) adjustments (almost monthly) after first fitting. I think partly its your brain has to get used to the new signals. I had only about 40% before vibrant but now I would say it's 85-90% and very good quality..

    I would suggest you talk to the audiologist about adjusting it.. ?

    Hope this is helpful. 

    Rgds. Jon

    Definitely...

    I agree with Jon.

    Although I am implanted with a different system (BB), I have had a similar experience: I needed few fittings between because my brain had to adjust to new hearing opportunities - and hurdles.

    In my case, it sounded like I needed more volume, and further refitting in order to understand words which I already could immediately after fitting.

    I was totally puzzled with these episodes but my friends here helped me to understand what had been going on... Classic case of evolving neuroplasticity in reality... Only, nobody knew clearly to explain me.


  4. On 9/17/2017 at 6:41 PM, Jon said:

    Hi.

    I think it has a good chance to improve. I had several (2 or 3?) adjustments (almost monthly) after first fitting. I think partly its your brain has to get used to the new signals. I had only about 40% before vibrant but now I would say it's 85-90% and very good quality..

    I would suggest you talk to the audiologist about adjusting it.. ?

    Hope this is helpful. 

    Rgds. Jon

    Definitely...

    I agree with Jon.

    Although I am implanted with a different system (BB), I have had a similar experience: I needed few fittings between because my brain had to adjust to new hearing opportunities - and hurdles.

    In my case, it sounded like I needed more volume, and further refitting in order to understand words which I already could immediately after fitting.

    I was totally puzzled with these episodes but my friends here helped me to understand what had been going on... Classic case of evolving neuroplasticity in reality... Only, nobody knew clearly to explain me.


  5. On 9/17/2017 at 6:41 PM, Jon said:

    Hi.

    I think it has a good chance to improve. I had several (2 or 3?) adjustments (almost monthly) after first fitting. I think partly its your brain has to get used to the new signals. I had only about 40% before vibrant but now I would say it's 85-90% and very good quality..

    I would suggest you talk to the audiologist about adjusting it.. ?

    Hope this is helpful. 

    Rgds. Jon

    Definitely...

    I agree with Jon.

    Although I am implanted with a different system (BB), I have had a similar experience: I needed few fittings between because my brain had to adjust to new hearing opportunities - and hurdles.

    In my case, it sounded like I needed more volume, and further refitting in order to understand words which I already could immediately after fitting.

    I was totally puzzled with these episodes but my friends here helped me to understand what had been going on... Classic case of evolving neuroplasticity in reality... Only, nobody knew clearly to explain me.


  6. Hello Hetty,

    well - yes: Samba is better from the acoustically point of view. Much better.

    The secret is that you have to work with your audiometrist or who tune your Amade. If you can not get satisfactory hearing (without echos), try to contact your local Med-El representative. They help a lot with tuning because it's all they do. My audiometrist, at one point, couldn't make a significant progress (the processor started to howl) - then an engineer by Med-El resolved it in a minute.

    Regarding your hearing loss - I am still not certain that I have understood you well: forgive me, I am not a native English speaker.

    You have a mixed hearing loss on both ears?

    what do you mean when you say that you have a complete loss at one side - you're deaf completly?


  7. Hi Juliette,

    I have recently been thinking what was going on further with you.

    If I may ask, if they do not know whether removing the internal unit would make it go the pulsatile tinnitus than something else could be a reason.

    I still think that your device shouldn't be removed totally just relocated which is possible. 


  8. Tinnitus is a sign when the affected hearing cells can not receive the expected information so brain loose one side of feedback loop.

    It may never disappear but when the outer ear will be switched on it will receive and send information to the brain so it will focus on much more important things than "singing" affected hearing cells. 

    Good luck ladies! :D

     


  9. On 04/09/2017 at 3:08 PM, hetty avivi said:

    Hi 5 years passed since you put this post,I got my vibrant sound bridge in april2017 and the turned it on last June...

    Wonder how did you manage the first months and now after 5 years...

    Hello Hetty Avivi,

    I am not a Soundbridge, but a Bonebridge user... But have some experience by being a while here - what exactly interest you?

    What kind of hearing loss do you have? Sensorineural, conductive ....?

    Please, put here as much questions as you are interested in? We'll try to give you an appropriate answer.

    ;)

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