Regula Posted February 8, 2013 Report Share Posted February 8, 2013 [Thanks, Pablo, for creating this new section!] Today, my Bonebridge was activated - and it was a great experience! I'll try to be brief, and summarize the key points. Background Reason for Bonebridge: Single Sided Deafness of right ear due to (suspected) viral infection, October 2010. Test of CROS-hearing aid with radio transmission to healthy ear proved unsatisfactory. Implant operation: January 11, 2013 at University Hospital Activation: University hospital, hearing specialist (MD). Special circumstances: I agreed to participate in a MEDEL-sponsored study carried out at 4 universities, designed to find out about the effectiveness of BB in noisy situations. Sequence of activation session Hearing test without hearing aids, additional frequencies tested Initial activation, audio processor had been preprogrammed and was adjusted during the session for my hearing experience Language comprehension test part1: hearing test with background noise, without audio processor (part of study) 45 minute test phase, I was instructed to go outside, listen to various sounds with the 3 different programs Language comprehension test part 2: hearing test with background nois, with audio processor switched on (part of study) Next appointment is in one month, follow up appointments for study after 6, 12, 18 months. Impressions after 10 hours of wearing the BB I hear a lot more sounds than during the last 2 years, but it didn't feel overwhelming at all - great Two adjustments made after my walk outside: background noise caught with the omnidirectional microphone was very loud and felt like static, so this was turned down a little. Sounds like s, sh sounded very aggressive, so this frequency band was turned down a little as well. - The experience is so new that I didn't feel ready to have the specialist fiddle much more with initial settings. Sound quality: surprisingly good, superior to Baha headband, and to CROS hearing aid. No whistling sounds due to feedback. Background noise sounds the same, whether it is a car passing by, a truck, a train or a street car - but possibly, my brain will have to learn to distinguish the sounds. Other: Some sounds are amplified too much, e.g clacking of the keyboard, steps on the pavement. Will check during second appointment whether this can be corrected without too much loss in other areas. Language comprehension: not very good as of yet, I hear, but find it hard to understand - again, this will take practice. Using a telephone on the BB side didn't work at all. I tired very quickly during the hearing test with background noise. Wearing the BB was very comfortable. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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