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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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    Ivana Marinac reacted to MED-EL Moderator in Topic themes - why there is still no ADHEAR section   
    Hi@Ivana Marinac, thanks for your feedback! I have created the section for ADHEAR under MED-EL Hearing Solutions on the forum, so you can start sharing your thoughts and posting any questions you may have about this new bone conduction technology! 
    Kind regards,
    Leigh 
    HearPeers Support Team
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hetty avivi in UK Soundbridge users - contact group?   
    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.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hetty avivi in UK Soundbridge users - contact group?   
    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.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Jon in UK Soundbridge users - contact group?   
    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
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hetty avivi in Hello all!   
    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?
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Valentin in Tinnitus after surgery   
    Thank you @Ivana Marinac
     
    I haven't it all the time. Do you detect high or low when presure wheather change? I detect it when the weather changes are more intense.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hetty avivi in Hello all!   
    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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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Valentin in Tinnitus after surgery   
    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!
     
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Can stem cells cure hearing loss?   
    Yes it is - but it is not even close so easy as we thought so at the beginning - we have forgotten that the affected hearing cells lose their further neural pathways all up to the hearing cortex. That's why hearing rehabilitation takes time... A lot.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Hello all!   
    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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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Help   
    Yeah - we have heard each other through the PM system: thank you @Mary Beth!
     
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Mary Beth in Tinnitus after surgery   
    You two will be activation buddies!  Awesome.  Can't wait to hear all about your journeys.
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Anni in Tinnitus after surgery   
    Hi Jane!
    Oh wow! Nice to 'meet' you!  How are you feeling?

    I feel like I turned a corner yesterday.  The discomfort was noticeably better and I got a full nights sleep! (I've been on pre and post op Prednisone to try to reduce inflammation and save my residual hearing but it really wasn't agreeing with me and I was only sleeping for about one hour per night the first few nights after my Op so I was feeling terrible from the lack of sleep) but thankfully I've been able to cut down my dose now so things have improved a lot and I'm feeling much more human again  

    The beeping/buzzing has settled down too and the tinnitus has returned to just the slight soft static I had pre op (thank you again to everyone that replied to this thread - both for your support and encouragement that this would improve! It gave me some hope and peace of mind in those first few days post op when the tinnitus was really difficult!)  

    How are you feeling Jane? I hope you are recovering well!
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to hetty avivi in Hello all!   
    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...
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Cara Mia in Can stem cells cure hearing loss?   
    Well, the one or the other way - the SF part of the research community is all in this topic. We shouldn't forget that some of greatest mind before 40 years said - No way! There isn't any chance that something like a cochlear implant will ever work.
    And, look at you Gang today? 
    Like in that famous story where a wise voice tell us the wisdom of the story that if you can not find the door - try to find a window: research community always considered the blindness as bigger problem than deafness.... But Helen Keller taught us: if you loose your sight - you loose a contact with things, but if you loose a hearing - you loose a contact with people.....
    But, let's get back to the beginning....
    Actually, one study was published which actually restored hearing cells to mice up to 25 dB, but ... BUT - what is most significant here, story doesn't end with restoring just hearing cells with the stem one - behind them there is a complex neural network which also has to be restored up to the perfect level to - have a perfect hearing once or again. As we all know, our hearing neural pathways don't develop at all or weaken if they are not appropriately stimulated - just like any muscle in our body, nature has its laws which we can not just jump over. I believe A. EInstein said: As much as I learn more, I found out that less I know... Horizons get wider.... Life teach us to be patient, practice as much as we can, persevere .... From Greek mythology up to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka it was lively explained it in the story about Sisyphus...
    Cheers! 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Valentin in Can stem cells cure hearing loss?   
    Well, the one or the other way - the SF part of the research community is all in this topic. We shouldn't forget that some of greatest mind before 40 years said - No way! There isn't any chance that something like a cochlear implant will ever work.
    And, look at you Gang today? 
    Like in that famous story where a wise voice tell us the wisdom of the story that if you can not find the door - try to find a window: research community always considered the blindness as bigger problem than deafness.... But Helen Keller taught us: if you loose your sight - you loose a contact with things, but if you loose a hearing - you loose a contact with people.....
    But, let's get back to the beginning....
    Actually, one study was published which actually restored hearing cells to mice up to 25 dB, but ... BUT - what is most significant here, story doesn't end with restoring just hearing cells with the stem one - behind them there is a complex neural network which also has to be restored up to the perfect level to - have a perfect hearing once or again. As we all know, our hearing neural pathways don't develop at all or weaken if they are not appropriately stimulated - just like any muscle in our body, nature has its laws which we can not just jump over. I believe A. EInstein said: As much as I learn more, I found out that less I know... Horizons get wider.... Life teach us to be patient, practice as much as we can, persevere .... From Greek mythology up to Albert Camus and Franz Kafka it was lively explained it in the story about Sisyphus...
    Cheers! 
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from hadron in electrode failures (electrode migration, misplacement, etc.,)   
    I would add also a possibility that these cochleas has calcified over the time - we do not know much about the primary source of @Nikki and @Jdashiell hearing loss. 
    In these cochleas, it's hard to implant the electrode without stop. Definitely, a CT scan show what's going on.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from ept5777 in Dr J   
    Yes, yes, yes.... I have interacted in an conversation with a Polish student who returned a positive feedback on using The One stethoscope on my suggestion. I am not sure for a BT connection but wired version is recommended by the manufacturer and its reliability has been tested.
    I use it with Samba however, but all in all - it's same content, although different package.
    I recommend this company - they were willing to do with me as a client regarding all my questions and askings. 
    P.S.: However, an hearing implant - its outer unit has to be adapted in a way that specially programmed map is made for listening heart sounds or murmurs because, as we know, it's out of reach of usual frequency range for an average user.
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in ADHear corner....   
    Dear admins,
    I have reminded in few FB groups about the bone conduction hearing loss questions about this, the newest product in Med-EL's portfolio - can we have a small corner like Soundbridge and Bonebridge have....?
    Lots of people are interesting regarding this product - it's easier to make a decision and more convenient if you are unsure....
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    Ivana Marinac got a reaction from Mary Beth in Getting help when traveling internationally   
    Not sure... But Ben is also with us - can you sign him?
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in I am so scared please help.   
    Happy bonebridge-avessary! @Ivana Marinac
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to Kara of Canada in Very confused need help :(   
    Got that right Ivana!! 
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    Ivana Marinac reacted to MichaelWilson in Can stem cells cure hearing loss?   
    Hi All, 

    Have you seen this?? To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week Ear Science have released a video on their latest research investigating if stem cells can cure hearing loss! Imagine if instead of receiving a hearing device, new hearing cells were transplanted into your ears. 

    Here's the link to the video.

    Wishing you all a very happy hearing awareness week,
    Michael
     
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