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About coweat2

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Under 1 year
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    Cochlear Implant
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  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. Cedric, With ALDs a key fact is the number of signal conversions your given choice requires. Consider a straight wired hook up to your phone: Phone audio-> DAI by cable to CI processor. Direct output from phone is direct input into CI. The Quattro is a more complex sytem: Phone audio->phone Bluetooth->Bluetooth transmission to Quattro-> Quattro neckloop output->Telecoil pickup by CI processor. Another more complex example, Phonak Roger and My-link: Phone audio->phone Bluetooth->Bluetooth transmission to Roger Pen->Roger Pen FM-> FM transmission to Mylink->Mylink neckloop output->Telecoil pickup by CI processor. I use the forerunner of the Roger x, which is smartlink+, with a FM receiver plugged into my Opus2, so the conversions become: Phone audio->phone Bluetooth->Bluetooth transmission to Smartlink->Smartlink FM-> FM transmission to MLxi receiver->DAI to CI processor. But as with all things in life... it isn't that simple. FM has more range than Bluetooth, there is the consideration of how many actual parts are required, and the compatability with other hearing devices - most are telcoil enabled. You need to evaluate how you are going to use the ALD. There is also the cost vs benefit to consider. Mike.
  2. Hi peers! Just a quick update... just had my 3 month tuning consultation (was actually 10 wks, as my audi is away for the next 2 weeks). having had a couple of months with a fairly stable map, and trying different coding strategies, I have to say that FS4 which is my everday strategy seems best for me, as I work construction, which is a very varied sound environment. FSP does seem to help me with music, but I'm not there yet. I've also trialed FS4(P), which I've found to be rather good in group activity, but a fairly quiet background - it seems to help where there is a wide variation of voice types, particularly female voices. Generally, My hearing journey is progressing, and I had benchmark tests at the session to see where I'm at. Was staggered when I got 100% in the BKB, and 94% in the CUNY tests. Really pleased! My audi did a further test, derived from the BKB, which tests phonetic recogonition, which is a bit subjective, but helps them determine your frequency response, which my Audi then used to make a couple of minor cahnges to my map. We ended the session by running a version of the BKB which tests speech in noise, where I got 77%, which apparently is very good for anybody with Aided Hearing, as most 'normal' hearing adults only score around 85%! Hoping to get to grips with the phone in the coming weeks, but I'll need to keep to the 3 P's!
  3. Hi, I just done a trial run with both FM receiver and loop active at the same time. When just on microphone 'M' if there is FM signal available, you get this and input from the microphone equally. When on 'M/T' and there is both an FM and Loop signal avilable you get both, and input from the microphone equally. When on 'T', this sets the opus to just recieve the loop signal, and over-rides any direct audio input (cable/FM) and the Microphone. So set on 'M/T', your son should get whichever signals are available - but be careful, as if both FM and Loop are in range, because he will get both, this may be confusing for Him. There is a connection Hierachy description somewhere in the handbook... but I thought it best to actually test it out! Hope this helps. Mike
  4. Hi Heather, I had my deaf ear implanted 10wks ago, and was activated 6wks ago. Like you, I work 10+ hers a day. I work construction, and for safety run bimodal, as it helps with sound localization. My HA ear is at 90db loss. I find the time delay on the HA over the CI confuses the sound initially, and my hearing was worse! So I went CI only for two weeks to force my brain to listen to the CI sound. This, also with some volume increase once I had got used to loudness disparity with HA use, helped me get better speech understanding with my CI. I'm still learning with TV, radio and the phone, but not there yet. Reducing low frequency and increased high frequency at my 1 month mapping has helped take some ' Darth Vader' out of the CI speech. stick to the 3P's, I was advised to split use 50/50 bimodal/ CI only. Hope this helps you keep faith, because my motivation is that due to my natural hearing failing, I'm going g to master my CI, and make the most of life! Mike
  5. Lisa. As I understand it the sensitivity adjustment is for the range of the processor mics, as in distance that the mic picks up. So in theory reducing the sensitivity would reduce background noise generated a distance away. This is pre processor, and the volume control adjusts the post processor level sent to the implant. So scenario would be turn down sensitivity say, if you were in a café, to reduce traffic noise from the street, but increase volume to better hear your dining partner, close to you. Mike
  6. Further to my earlier post: my Audi checked with Med-El today, and turning off the processor mic withe the programming software is not available However in the further discussion on the subject of programming options, I brought up the subject of the programming strategy ( i'd previously read a post by John Lee, regarding better understanding of music with the Fine Structure Programming strategy, but you may have to ask your Audi to activate it). Turns out that the default PC setup software is set to the FS4 strategy, at my clinic. BUT, you can use a different protocol with other user selectable programmes. Hence I was able to to get a detailed mapping loaded onto my Opus2 in FS4,and set it as user programme#1, and copy that map onto the FSP strategy, and set it as user programme#2 - Now I can try both, and see if it works for me?? There is a link on John's post, to a detailed article on how it works, which is rather technical - but that's kind of secondary to being aware of your options - as we know everybodies CI journey is individual, so it may work for some and not for others. Mike
  7. Last week at my second programming session, I broached the subject of the 4 user programmes with my audi, as at present they are all set the same. Previously with my HA's I had programmes optimized for speech in noise, music, FM only,Telecoil, and ' Software Off'. My audi was sort of implying that the processors are now so good, that they deal with the 'live' sound, such as speech in noise or music listening, automatically, without the need for special settings. Ok, I'll go along with that...so far, But, now that I have FM via recievers on my HA and Opus2, I would like to be able to have one of the programmes set to turn off the microphone on the processor, so I just get the FM source, just like you can with the Microphone+Telecoil, or Telecoil ONLY option on the remote. Does any one have any experience of having the different programmes set-up, for specific things? Or know if turning off the microphone is an option via the programme settings? I Have had one or two crap Audi's over my years of HA's, where they only really understood the basic setup procedures/software, and have in the past had to pursue the HA technical people directly, to achieve the optimum solution/performance. I don't think this is the case with my CI team... but I'd welcome anyone's comments or experiences, as it's nice to know if something can be achieved! Third mapping tomorrow, at 2 weeks post activation, followed by first session with hearing therapist - really enjoying my Journey, because as everybody says, remember the 3 P's, and it just keeps getting better! Mike
  8. coweat2

    Telecoil of the RONDO

    Most probably it is the loop setup - the more basic loops, like you have, are generally OK if you have the source item's volume set quite high, so that more power is put into the loop, thus creating a bigger inductance field, which is how the loop works. The inductance field generated is not linear in proportion to the sound input level, and from experience, sometimes you get nothing through the loop at say less than 1/3 volume setting on the source device, or at best a very weak signal, with poor range (that is why the sound was quieter with the Rondo being further away from your loop.) Try the loop again, with your source volume set louder to give a bigger loop inductance field, as you can adjust the volume of your processor down to your required level, if required. Alternatively, to define if it is your Rondo that has a problem, then go to a bank or post office, which has a professionally installed and calibrated loop system, try it with both your Rondo, and then your Opus. To make sure you compare correctly, both processors should be set to default levels by your remote control. Sadly I can't compare, as I only have an Opus2. My implant was funded through the UK National Health Service, and despite getting both an Opus2 and a Rondeo (free issue) from Med-El, they will only give me one processor, which is the Opus2, because it has more wearing configurations. Mike
  9. I had my second mapping last monday, and am really enjoying my CI and my hearing progress. I was anxious to try FM with my Bimodal setup, as I know how much the FM set-up helped when I had Binaural HAs. BUT I needed new receivers to go with my CI and the HA i'm now using in my non-implanted ear. I managed to secure a second user pair of Phonak MLxi receivers off Ebay at the weekend, which have arrived today, so now I'm all set up and running on FM - currently listening to the news channel,(TV isn't even in the same room) and getting pretty much all off it! At my next mapping, i'm going to have to ask if one of the programmes on my Opus2 can be set-up for listening via the FM only, ie like when you can select T on it's own, rather than M/T with telecoil. Does anybody have experience of this, as when I mentioned it on monday, my Audi didn't seem sure?? Mike
  10. Just an observation... Additional to my previous 'FM TV listening' post, Just been watching TV Bimodal, using FM to boost what I hear with my HA, whilst listening on microphone with my CI Opus2, to the tv speakers. I found it really good, as it got rid of some of the disparity, an I was better able to balance the hearing by uping the volume on the FM receiver, rather than having to run the HA at full volume and getting distortion. Mike
  11. I know this is an older thread, But as an FM user with my HA's prior to CI, I can't emphasize enough, how simply brilliant FM is, especially for speech in noise etc. FM kit for use out in the wide world is quite expensive for transmitters such as Phonak Smartlink, but then again they are multi function devices. (FM is better than Bluetooth for sound/vision, as there are no delays - I found that I experienced some 'lip-sync' issues when using bluetooth for audio with TV) For anybody who wants to experience FM 'on the cheap' as it were, here is an ideal budget solution for watching TV, or listening to any sound source in the home wirelessly. Hardware: Basic FM transmitter, such as the type available to use with an Ipod or Smartphone, so that you can pick it up on an FM radio. These usually come with a 3.5mm stereo jack to go into the headphone socket of your playback device - A point to note: If you plug into most device headphone sockets, this disables their onboard speakers, so no good if you are watching TV with hearing people. To get over this, you may need an RCA/Scart to Mini Jack lead, which lets the transmitter connect to the TV or Sat/Digibox device's audio outputs, and leaves the TV speakers active. Rechargeable transmitter + RCA adaptor lead New off Ebay approx $20 FM receiver, and here we are talking cheap chinese media player with radio function or small FM radio with heaphone socket.( you can even use your mobile phone as the receiver, if it has FM radio function (and the neat thing is, if a call comes in, it will over-ride the radio function!) How you connect the receiver to your hearing device is upto you - basic neckloop with Telecoil active, or ear hook, or direct cable connection to processor (I'm only unilateral implanted so use direct cable connection, or neckloop. With the neckloop the wire acts as the aerial for my media player, and gives better reception/range. I clip the player to the loop for ease of carrying, and obviously it doesn't pull on my Opus2/ear, so is comfortable). Small FM protable radio with earphone socket New Off Ebay approx $12 Most of you will have a direct connection cable for your processor already, and if you prefer neck loop, the basic ones are available for Approx $20. You have ultimate control over the volume, because you can adjust it at the receiver, or your processor. It works, and has a realistic range of around 10m, but if the only bit you need to buy is the transmitter and lead for $20, then compared to a Phonak FM receiver and FM tv transmitter, which cost $600+, it well worth doing the exercise to experience the benefits, and you can fine tune the harware to suit you and your budget, later. If you refer to Adam's post from 13/11/2013, he has enclosed diagramatics showing the 'receiver' end options. ie using a phone or MP3 player as the receiver, with neck loop or cable or earhooks. If anybody is interested, and wants further information on the transmitter and it's connection, I'll post some pictures and links, for my setup. From an Eco point of view (NO Batteries), my transmitter is USB powered, so when not in use, I use the USB to charge the receiver, for the next time I use it! regards Mike
  12. Thanks Sandy! If the Rondo is 'free issue' second processor via the promotion, then only cost to the clinic would be the 2 minutes to load it with my current map... I'll keep the pressure on them for an answer! At the end of a 2hr activation and initial mapping, I was holding conversation with my girlfriend,audiologist and her assistant WITHOUT lip reading! I was amazed, but obviously that was in a 'Quiet' room at the audiology suite. A promising start to mastering the implant... and yes John, helium voices, chipmunks and cartoon voices were all in there! My Audi was so pleased with my initial results, that I now won't see her again for week. (normally a second mapping session would have followed in 2 or 3 days). Also arranged to get 'active wear' longer lead, and looking into 'Ear Gear' protector - thanks for the advice John! Despite all the great advice on the forum, I still went into today with some trepidation. Yes, I'm now on my journey, keeping a positive outlook, and remembering the HearPeers mantra of the 3 P's! So Rondo or not - Thankyou Med- El.
  13. 2-4-1 promotion (Opus2 and Rondo) I asked today at the clinic, and they sort of admitted that they may have possibly received both an Opus2 and a Rondo for me... and are going to check it out??.... then there was rumblings about costs of setting up a 2nd processor.... which I told them, was crap! leave it to month 3 or even 6 when a have a stable map, then program it once to match my Opus2 (takes 2 minutes tops). The person who could give me a definitive answer, was on leave today....but I now have her email address! ....But all that is secondary to the progress I have achieved with today's activation and initial mapping session...AWESOME!! (just need a volume control for the world now!LOL) Mike
  14. Hi Heather, I don't get activated until tomorrow, but, at an information day at my clinic, there was some discussion about 'to caption or not to caption', whilst learning with CI. The general opinion was CC will help with initial sounds/speach learning, but as your hearing progresses with the the CI, then yes turning off the CC will force you to concentrate more on the sound. The Audi that's going to be managing my switch on and rehab, said that if you have a PVR (hard disk recorder), you can do both ie. record the programme, and watch it in 10minute segments, first with the CC Off, then watch the segment again with the CC On, that way you don't miss anything, and it helps you understand/define any parts of the soundtrack, that you didn't get on the first pass... She said that essentially it helps because it is quite difficult to place/understand a finite sound, especially amongst other noise, if you only hear it once, so irrespective off the CC, the repetition in it's self helps you to learn. She said keep the segments to 10 mins max, so the memory of what you've just seen/heard is vivid. All that said, at the end of the day, everybody's CI journey is unique, and is influenced by their pre implant severity/duration of hearing loss - so what works for some, may not work for others! Best of luck, and to be honest, CC will always be helpful especially where background noise fluctuates, (applause can be the worst!). Mike
  15. All this talk of Rondo love is making me jealous, as I didn't get a choice, because of the way my CI was funded - 'we fit maestro+opus2'. Lol. Opus2 will probably be best anyway as my life involves hard hats and helmets, and I'll probably be using the active wear option quite a lot - Not really bothered, so long as I can hear again, and from your posts, it seems the Rondo is just a wearing preference, rather than performance. The med-el web site does say however that people who chose med-el and were implanted between certain recent dates will receive both?? I shall ask at my activation on monday - you never know, as it seems that having both, and the choice, as we British say 'is the icing on the cake'! Thanks to all who have posted on this, as knowing your options, and real user feedback is important in something as life changing as CI. Mike
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