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About One1side

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Cochlear Implant
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  1. When the parents are deaf it is easier to see why the parents would want their kids to use sign language as the primary source of communication. Surprisingly, though, I have run across several hearing families that say "we'll just learn sign language". They talk about this as if it is the easy way of doing things and in the immediate issues I can somewhat see the reasoning, but some of the long term issues look like they would be more complicated to me. I would think parents would want their kids to be implanted or have aids when the parents are hearing, for several different reasons.
  2. I know it has been a while since, I posted. Thanks for the suggestions, but despite my device having programs that help reduce background noise, this place is just one of the extreme cases. No matter where you sit or what you do, your sunk hearing wise. Haywayne, that's sort of ironic that you made the suggestion. While it's not a Texas Roadhouse this place happens to be in Texas. (I believe it is an national food chain across America though, not specific to Texas or this area.)
  3. Dear unfavorable restaurant, Lets just call you Rest X. I know that my family really likes Rest X, but at the very mention of going to you I seriously frown inside. Is it the food or the wait staff? Well, no, the food is great and wait staff is kind. I just hate the constant loud music, the very loud noises that the machines make whenever food is ready for pickup and the fact that even in line people are so crammed in together that even speech sounds quickly overlap from each individual conversation. I hate being told to "take one for the team" a.k.a. my family because Rest X can cater to
  4. I have heard that the experience is different for different people who have had hearing memory on the implanted side prior to surgery. Some say that it is very "natural sounding" and others say "robotic", but your audiologist can help bring it closer to what you are looking for. I was also told for years "there is nothing we can do for you" and as a young girl got in trouble for calling the doctors liars because I simply did not believe them. The idea of natural and artificial sound not working together at all is complete nonsense. It takes time obviously, but the fact that some doctors give u
  5. I think I would be a lot happier with my immediate family if they would stop trying to talk over other sounds and/or people and address each other in the same room. They have this affinity for waiting till someone leaves the room and then shouting to them regardless of who may be standing right next to them. These tend to be my two main complaints with them. I have tried to explain it over and over, but I am always met with blank stares or some sort of suggestion that makes me look rude. Examples include "why don't you just move away from the shouting if it bothers you?"-The answer no time
  6. Hey there! I have a CI for single sided deafness. (One ear functions normally) The fact that you have memory of hearing in that ear is likely to benefit you if you do go with a CI. I have been working with a CI implanted as an adult for my right ear and have not had hearing in that ear from a very young age, if even then. It is likely that your brain will adapt. I have gotten much further than my doctors thought possible without memory of hearing on my right side, but I am still working on it since my brain does not have the memory of hearing on that side. Also there are different prog
  7. Kara of Canada, did you ask your audiologist at your mapping about not hearing the words in Angel Sound? Maybe they can help you with that to some extent. I like Angel Sound because you can pick different modules and work at a fairly wide variety of levels, but you do what gets you that most success in practice.
  8. Good to hear that at least some things are helping you. In response to some of the suggestions for my family: It is just something I don't think many of them will ever fully be able to grasp. I have had unilateral deafness most, if not all of my life and sound sensitivity for me goes with it. If I ever become unhappy about loud sounds now, my mother likes to blame it on my CI, which may cause some sensitivity, but I have had this problem long before I obtained this device. Unfortunately, I can somewhat help many people become at least partially "educated" as to what people with hearing loss mi
  9. I wish I understood how to get my family to stop talking to people in other rooms. They can shout to a person in another room with me standing right beside them and do not seem to grasp why I do not appreciate this or sound sensitivity in general. They can grasp that noisy situations are difficult with multiple stimuli running at the same time, but it's like it takes a while for this concept to sink in after I have told them that the situation is difficult. Then they do not see why I become so frustrated. Any suggestions?
  10. Adam Here are the answers to your questions. My group would differ in that it focuses on working adults and people in college and most groups that I have seen address people outside of this group. The few groups I have found that try to address this specific group tend to be far away. Then there are many groups that only address people who are completely deaf. The focus of the group as would be different things that can help people who have hearing loss in the work force and school. This would include, but not be limited to technology, state services and ways to improve communication with
  11. To everyone in hearpeers I would like to ask an odd question. I now have a new job as hearing loss resource specialist in Fort Worth, TX. This does not mean that I am an MD or that I am licensed to perscribe anything. (Just to clear that up right away.) In order to address a specific set of clients, I was thinking about setting up a group specifically oriented towards working adults and college students in the area. This would be a group of individuals with hearing loss and not just CI users. However, I would need enough participants for the group to be worth setting up. Your thoughts on the s
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    Phoneme Scores

    Are there any computer programs that simulate the IOWA test, with one normal ear it would be more practical for me to have something that I can use my personal audio cable with.
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    Phoneme Scores

    The Speech Bannana thing is cool in a way, but how do you address it in practicing with a CI?
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    Phoneme Scores

    Most of the time I do very well in matching, but I am trying to improve scores with the program where you type in the word you hear. Some of the letters that are very close sounds can be mixed up quickly or I will type in a word that ryhmes with what it being said. Is there a program where you can work on sorting through a specific set of letters that are commonly mixed up such as n and m? (I have worked with the scene play through angel sound for similar words, but I am looking for something a little bit beyond that.) I have had some success with the listen and type program, but want to find
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    Phoneme Scores

    I have been wondering since my last mapping if there is a practice set I can work on that helps with phoneme recognition. As many of you probably know a phoneme is the most basic unit of distinction in speech. This seems like it would be applicable to the current program I am working with where you listen to a word and try to type it in. If there is a program that works on telling the difference with more of these subtle changes in speech, I believe it can help prevent cases where I type in words that rhyme or come close in spelling, but are still at least one letter off. Any suggestions out t
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