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Greetings everyone! 

I've been a unilateral CI user for about 15 months. I was told about HearPeers by @leighf a while ago after writing a couple of posts on the MED-EL blog, and I'm finally getting around to joining. It was the recent blog post about some of the impressive forum power users that spurred me to sign up.

By joining the HearPeers community I hope to learn from you all as well as share experiences and encouragement. I definitely have a desire to give back to the community and help others now that I am up and running myself. My experience with my CI thus far has been a great one, and I fully expect to continue developing and growing my hearing. I'm in Chicago, USA and would be happy to engage with anyone locally as well as here in the forums.

Cheers!

Scott   

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Welcome Scott!

I was implanted on my left side October 2016 and joined the forum in November. Its been a crazy ride and life changing! You will find so much information and support here on Hearpeers ? It's a great group! And like you I want to help others just starting the journey. 

What kind of posts did you write for the blog? 

I live in Delaware (for the time being) so I'm a ways off from the Windy City!

Cheers!

*Megan

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Scott, 

welcome to hearpeers!! I have been bilaterally implanted for over 5 years now. Looking forward to getting to know you

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Glad to see you here Scott!  I am in New York but have family in Madison Wisconsin so pass through Chicago from time to time.

 

I'd love to hear how things are going for you.

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I am a transplant from Upstate NY, to the sunny south. If you ever make it to SC on vacation, visit Charleston. You won't be disappointed 

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Hi Scott, glad you joined our forum. I read your tips about overcoming hearing loss in workplace and found it very helpful.

I am a bilateral user of CI from Pacific NorthWest. Unfortunatelly, was in Chicago only once for a couple of hours inside the airport terminal ?

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Hi Scott! I, too, am a 'new kid on the block' and I am excited to be getting started on it. I am totally excited about my bilateral CIs. Never realized anything could make such a vast difference, and bring me back to the hearing world so well. Hope you feel the same way. It is a 'small world' after all, isn't it?

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Barbara, I couldn't agree more! I really thought there was no way things could get better before the 2nd. Man was I wrong and very pleased

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Thanks all for the welcoming replies. It's great to feel the sense of community, both on hearpeers and out there in the world - and ironically it sounds like we are all pretty spread out geographically. Those of you with bilateral implants are all the more impressive to me...I suspect I will eventually be joining you. 

Megan - my first post that Cara mentioned was about my experience in the workplace, and my second post was a general "1 year later" status update about my experience since activation.

One question I have is what everyone's strategy is to make an impact here on the forums? Do you just browse through the topics when you have a chance and reply to whatever strikes you? Or do you try to be a specialist at a specific topic or question that you seek out?

 

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Scott,

i want to support and encourage as much as I can. I try not to give specific medical advice as that's the doctors job. I feel like you can learn a lot from others in rehab or shared experiences. If a person is concerned about something in their recovery or rehab. I would share if I had a similar experience as just knowing some of the speed bumps you hit are normal can be very reassuring. Also giving feedback or tips that I tried in rehab can help people as well. I have 2 CIs and not a bonebridge. I might respond to a topic in bonebridge but say up front I don't have one. But again an encouraging word can go a long way. I try to read all the posts. If somebody else gave some awesome advice, I might leave it alone or respond to emphasize the great feedback they received. Not sure if this answers your question

adam

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No specialists here. Smile.  Jump in anytime on any topic!

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Hi and welcome! Not a specialist but we are just here to encourage and let others know our experiences. We're all just buddies!!


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Hi Scott,

I remember reading the work article but not the other one - I'll have to search for it ? 

As Kara mentioned, we're all just buddies ? So I try to encourage, support, and share where I can on the forum! 

*Megan

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Thanks guys, general encouragement suits me better than trying to specialize for only a specific topic anyway. 

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Also, I think I just learned something else about the forums... @Adam I tried to message you about a different post, and it said you cannot receive messages. I was puzzled so I sent Mary Beth a test message and it sent without issue. Then I noticed that my one and only first message ever sent put me at 2% full in my message mailbox. I suspect you and a lot of others fill up their mailboxes in no time. 

I wonder who we talk to about expanding mailbox size...I can't imagine basic text private messages take up much space on the forum domain. Has this issue come up before?

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@scott  That's strange, I recieved one the other day. This is a first for me Scott. Try it again and see what happens. 

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Scott, as it turns out, that last message filled up my mailbox. I just did some housekeeping and deleted some old messages. Thanks for letting me know

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So, let me jump as last in the pond? [emoji3]

Hearing loss in general has its common parts but also specificities. We all learn one from each other. At first, let me excuse myself because of my spoken English - I am not English native, I do not even live in English speaking territories.
I came here conducted purely by my professional interest - I am an ENT doc but my intention is not giving medical advices than learning from other people's experiences, possibly to give some scientific observations in exchange.

Of course, not to forget - as a bilateral conductive hearing impaired person, I am implanted with one Bonebridge hoping for another. Or perhaps Soundbridge...
This means that we have mutual understanding that everybody can help in some segment. For instance, your advices at workplace could also help me although we have different types of hearing losses - some things still unites us. [emoji6]

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Of course we are all bionic Ivana!! ?

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