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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Cara Mia in favorite WOW moments   
    Recently we had two autumn storms. It was a wow moment for me that I can distinguish a rumbling sounds of leaves blowing by wind across concrete.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in favorite WOW moments   
    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 when I realize I am listening with only a limited number off electrodes versus an acoustical hearing ear.  The power of the brain!  I love neuroplasticity.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Featherston in favorite WOW moments   
    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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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in Sonnet or Rondo??   
    @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!! 
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet or Rondo??   
    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
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in BoneBridge online!   
    Hello @Vera,
    Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese so I will try to answer you best as I can - in English. 
    Technically speaking, you are now single sided deaf person due to the acoustic neuroma tumor removal. The second ear for a human is important in order to enable them a sound location but also giving them a richness of sound in order to better understand speech, especially in noise. In practice, this operation gives you the ability to pick up a sound from your deaf side and direct it into your functional ear in order to give you the latterly described ability. Unfortunately, for having directionality, you have to have two functional cochleas so this feature is not possible to restore. More detail, an internal unit is implanted in the temporal bone, on top of it comes outer unit which picks up a sound.
    If you have more questions, please ask further....
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet or Rondo??   
    @Ivana Marinac
    I was wondering that too.  Directional microphones are designed to help people with hearing in noise.  (Although since they are referred to as DIRECTIONAL MICS many people think they are designed to help us locate the direction sound is coming from.) Since I was doing well hearing in noise with ASM 1, I may not miss the added assistance with hearing in noise that ASM 2 provides.  So maybe that is why in my daily life I have not been missing the dual mic feature of the Sonnets.  Also, I have the benefits that being bilateral provide.  This may be very different for unilateral users.
     
    This weekend I was in a very noisy restaurant with my Rondos.  I did fine but it took more focus than it would have taken with the Sonnet's adaptive dual mic setting.
     
    This enjoyment of sound from 360 degrees in omni on my Rondos and the observation in that very noisy restaurant this weekend without ASM 2 adaptive mic setting make me think about using my Sonnets in omni as my primary setting and moving into adaptive for very noisy places.  I will consider trying that.  I tend to be a set it and leave it kind of CI user so we will see.  I have not carried my Fine Tuner around for quite some time.  I leave it at home near my neckloop.  But I can learn to carry it around again.  Smile.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Soundbridge implant after stapendectomy?   
    Hello Jude,
    before trying to find the best possible ynswer for your case, I need few more data. At first, in what condition is your ossicular chain?
    Do you have a conductive or a mixed hearing loss due to the involved cochlear component?
    What is the reason of your unsuccesful stapedectomies?
    Breakthrough of Soundbridge implant is in its versatility. It is suitable for all kind of HLes because it can be implanted on the ossicular chain (incus, various parts) or straight on the round window which is called the process of vibroplasty.
    The difference between these implants is in the ease of implantation as well as more sound intensity thankfully to the placement of the FMT part.
    The Bonebridge is declared up to 45dB, but it can achieve almost effortlessly the intensity up to 65-70dB. On the other side, the active part of a BB implant is placed in the bone behind the ear; a significant difference with Soundbridge acquired drill near the chorda tympani. If a temporal bone is thick enough, active part of BB is well enclosed within it so there is no problem of sleeping on the implanted side.
    ok, this is just a fraction of possible direction of my answer. Looking forward to read more details...
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Sonnet or Rondo??   
    Perhaps, improved hearing abilities succeeded to bypass the lack of one microphone...
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Soundbridge implant after stapendectomy?   
    @Ivana Marinac 
    Ivana also may be able to share some of her experience with the BONEBRIDGE hearing implant and SAMBA, and has a lot of knowledge to share about the technical side of hearing implants.  
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Sonnet or Rondo??   
    It's been interesting to spend time wearing my Rondos again after using the Sonnets with their ASM 2 features.  There are pros and cons to each processor.  I have been surprised that I don't miss the dual mics of the Sonnets.  The Rondos do great with one mic.  It has been interesting to compare them.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Juliette in New member   
    Thank you, Mary Beth...
    I believe that sharing knowledge give patient a reasonable chance to find at least confirmation if not an information to help themselves. I was given that chance so I fully understand how this approach can help others. Last year when I was given a chance to opt for one of my earliest wish I ever remember I have asked aloud. This is how I understand that I can and should help. 
    Hope Juliette will finally find her solution and that she will not give up before a good fight... 
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Cara Mia in Questions for Surgeon   
    Good picture, but after looking at this electrode array, I feel so glad that I went with MedEL
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in Questions for Surgeon   
    That's an amazing picture!! Love it!! 
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in New member   
    I love it when @Ivana Marinac shares research links!
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in New member   
    Hello Juliette
    I am enclosing within this post a link to a study where it was successfully reconstructed a sigmoid sinus wall. It is possible to be done. I would encourage you to find a surgeon who is confident enough to revise your case. 
    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0164728
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25991486
    Pulsatile tinnitus can be a real pain ...
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Jewel in Questions for Surgeon   
    Nope - you can see it only in one perspective and you take it only to see in what relation is the electrode with modiolus. 

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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in New member   
    Hello Juliette
    I am enclosing within this post a link to a study where it was successfully reconstructed a sigmoid sinus wall. It is possible to be done. I would encourage you to find a surgeon who is confident enough to revise your case. 
    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0164728
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25991486
    Pulsatile tinnitus can be a real pain ...
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mitchell in BoneBridge online!   
    So I finally got my samba this past Friday. I have no words to describe the difference it is making already. The improvement in both my hearing and quality if life Is unfathomable, I'll never be able to function without it again, and it isnt even working at full capacity yet.
     
    My audi was able to eliminate pretty well all of the distortion during the initial setup and most sound is crisp and clear. This device is a miracle, there is no other way to put it.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to hetty avivi in Vibrant Soundbridge   
    Thanks Ivana for answering my daughters post.
    They all care about me :-)  i got my sound bridge in april  this year.on the right ear.my problem of both ears is  the ear canal.they are very narrow.no option to other hearing aid.so that's why I got the vibrant sound bridge.I have mixed hearing lost in my right ear.
    The left ear is "playing" with me .when I have a cold I hear less,wheather changing,my ear is locking himself.
    So got the sound bridge and outside the amade.so far,so good!then I had my first fitting .I did not had really a wow,but OK I could hear sounds and other noises.I had to got use to the new situation and came back for refitting after one month. this time they could reduce almost all the back noise and this was for me much better,because all the back noise made me feel unresty..........after three days I change the battery and suddenly also the noises came back!! Strange....I called my audiologist and they did a new hearing test, result I don't hear almost nothing anymore on the inplanted side.!
     Now last week they change the amade for amade hi. So I feel like I start again from the beginning,I do hear sounds,noises(too much)a lot of high tunes,but not really understand speaking.....inside the house I can handle,but outside the noises are to much......OKk this is about until now my story  on my hearing journey.
     WhenI am on fitting consult,its difficult for me to explain what I really "hear" and what to expect.... that's why I like to discuss with people who pass the same procedure .my mother language is Dutch,so if there is somebody on this forum who speak such,it will be more easy for me ,many!,
    Thanks for "listening" 
    Hetty avivi
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in WOW Moments   
    Hello, Sandy - one more in a bucket for re-welcoming you back...:)
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Sandy in I am so scared please help.   
    Hi @Mitchell - from, now a bit an ancient Bonbridge user: 4 years has passed and I had an anniversary yesterday - the day when the other part of my life has begun.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hetty avivi in Vibrant Soundbridge   
    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.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Adhear questions and answers   
    Will be back later today - have to work now...
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in Adhear questions and answers   
    So since our new topic has arrived, I would ask our friend @Ivana Marinac who has tested the device to give us her opinion of the new technology. Since it is a non-implantable device for those who suffer from conductive hearing loss. She would be able to give us some insight. 
     
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