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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Jewel in WOW Moments   
    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... 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in Which electrode is the best to save residual hearing in low frequencies( 125 ,250 and 500).   
    Hello Stream,
     
    As we have discussed this problem before the matter of saving residual hearing is not only the matter of an electrode length than the total process of implantation which is circled under one term - hearing preservation.
    Beside the main recommendations, there are still not presented unique recommendations rather what each surgeon plead as their own technique based on the experience of the implantation but also on the results of their patients. 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in Which electrode is the best to save residual hearing in low frequencies( 125 ,250 and 500).   
    Here is one nice article on this subject:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495597/
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Happy 2018   
    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?   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. 
    This guides me up to the point when I think how important is to be persistent during the rehabilitation time.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Happy 2018   
    A few days ago I have heard that it passed exactly 20 years of its first appearance and I still remember that I was sitting in the fourth row (all other tickets were sold) and I thought I was on the boat when it started sinking.... 
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Happy 2018   
    @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!
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Happy 2018   
    Yes - it's a cornet... 
    I adore Sissel's voice since the moment I have heard of the fact that she sang the vocal during the closing credit's part (not Celine Dion). 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Help needed in understanding baby unilateral hearing loss with different test results   
    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. 
    https://blog.medel.com/how-the-cochlear-understands-so-many-different-sounds/
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Cara Mia in Happy 2018   
    Thank you, Mary Beth for your warm wishes and your wise you shared with us on these pages. Happy and peaceful holydays with a lot of enjoyable conversations and effortless listening!
    Happy New Year to all my hearpeers, too!
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Happy 2018   
    I wish everyone a peaceful, healthy, happy New Year full of listening WOW moments!
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Julesrdh in Happy 2018   
    Hello Gang - wishing you also pleasant and mindfully spent holidays as well as lots of good and interesting subjects as well as topics in our mutual discussion.
    So, happy new season of light as well as - darkness... But as we know, if we would not have a dark sky - who will see stars..? 
     
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Which electrode is the best to save residual hearing in low frequencies( 125 ,250 and 500).   
    Hello Stream,
     
    As we have discussed this problem before the matter of saving residual hearing is not only the matter of an electrode length than the total process of implantation which is circled under one term - hearing preservation.
    Beside the main recommendations, there are still not presented unique recommendations rather what each surgeon plead as their own technique based on the experience of the implantation but also on the results of their patients. 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from stream2525 in Rondo 2 features and questions   
    Who knows...? They are definitely working on it...
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Rondo 2 features and questions   
    @stream2525
    There is no way for us to predict when Rondo 2 will be available in India or any other country.  Early 2018 can mean anything and can also change.
    I would expect that the Med-El team in India would have the most accurate info for India.  However in my experience, Med-El does not release info before their official info releases.  It’s good you signed up to be informed when Rondo 2 is available.  I did as well for availability in the US.  Now we wait and see.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Music vs Speech   
    Dr. Charles Limb in California is passionate about improving CIs for better music appreciation.  He is presently studying Med-El CI users to determine if using image guided Pitch MAPping will improve music appreciation.  I have heard from two people who have participated in that study, which is on-going.  I have not participated in this study but have participated in the image guided CI programming at Vanderbilt which uses images to determine if two electrodes are actually stimulating the same area and thus causing a smearing of pitches/sounds.
    I found the Vanderbilt image guided study fascinating and love my image guided MAPs.
    Using images of the actual placement in our cochleas of the electrodes, seems quite promising.
    I look forward to reading the study results from Dr. Limb’s Med-El study on use of images to program pitches.
    You can find Dr Limb on TedTalk, YouTube and various research article sites.  
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Music vs Speech   
    I love it when @Ivana Marinac shares research links!  Thank you.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from stream2525 in Rondo 2 features and questions   
    Stream,
    Med-EL has shown Rondo 2 at the biggest ENT conference in Paris, I think. When it is actually produced it will be released everywhere where it is registered.
    But this is not so simple... For instance, even the product is registered in the EU, each country has to register a product for itself in order to be able to give patients in their country the newest product. 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in Music vs Speech   
    Actually, we still do not know now what is needed to understand (and hear it properly) a music. 
    Here is a very nice link from the Nature journal: https://www.nature.com/articles/srep32026
    Music is definitely more complex but if we would work on our ability of hearing (and understanding) music just as a fraction of the time we spend to learn to listen again (and speak) - results promise much better solution otherwise we have expected...
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Rondo 2 features and questions   
    No, not in the close encounter. 
    Not certain in which phase it, but if it was finished, we would see it.
    I remember of public presentation of the Sonnet - it was the real product in my hands, advertised as available...
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Music vs Speech   
    Actually, we still do not know now what is needed to understand (and hear it properly) a music. 
    Here is a very nice link from the Nature journal: https://www.nature.com/articles/srep32026
    Music is definitely more complex but if we would work on our ability of hearing (and understanding) music just as a fraction of the time we spend to learn to listen again (and speak) - results promise much better solution otherwise we have expected...
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Is there anyone who still has same residual hearing before CIIs there anyone who still has same residual hearing before CI   
    @stream2525
     
    electride array info including number of contacts
    http://www.medel.com/data/pdf/21617.pdf
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in Confusing hearing screens   
    Hello KBear,
     
    Pardon me for not getting involved before although Mary Beth tagged me, this post escaped me...
     
    As Mary Beth said, we cannot give you a valid medical advice but yes - we can clear you some question marks.
     
    If your daughter did not pass the OAE, she should be tested with the ABR. However, these tests do not measure same part of the hearing pathway so it could give an additional information. Tympanometry examined the pressure in her middle ear and the mobility of the eardrum especially if she had been implanted with tubes. But, that particular issue has been resolved and her potential hearing issue does not have anything with this separate issue. 
     
    I can not explain the behavior of your surgeon, but you can ask for more co-operative ENT with whom you can establish a reliable relationship.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Newhearing   
    Fingers crossed for you too @Ivana Marinac!
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Newhearing   
    Thanks - this is something that is in constant, although slow progress... Hope that Cara and I will celebrate our bilaterality - together!
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in Newhearing   
    Thanks guys!?❤️
    Good news finally @Ivana Marinac
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