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Hello everyone, I am Patrick B from Missouri in the United States. I have a unilateral implant. The implantation was in January 2017 with activation in February. I have had three adjustment sessions with my audiologist. I have the med-el sonnet with the rechargable batteries and the quattro 4.0 bluetooth accessories.  My audiologist says that I have quite a bit of brain adjusting to do now that I have regained sound on my right side.  My hearing loss has been gradual due to loud noises while serving in the US Navy. All of the jet noise, engineroom noises and loud booms have finally caught up to me. Hearing protection was not a big thing when I was in the service. Anyway, so far I am impressed with my CI. I'm hearing birds singing again and that in itself is a miracle. I have not heard them in 5 years.  I have a 37% hearing loss in my left ear, especially at high frequency ranges.  It is great to find a group of people going through similar experiences. I hope to learn a lot.

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Hi Patrick and welcome.  My right side had not processed any sound for 24 years before being implanted at age 51 and there was a lot of brain adjustment needed.  Smile.  Check out our topic on aural rehab for lots of great tips.

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Hi Patrick 

welcome to hearpeers. I am bilateral with sonata implants. I started with opus 2 processors, have now upgraded to the Sonnets. I'm glad to hear things are going well for you. It does take a little time for your brain to start figuring things out. Looking forward to getting to know you. Thank you for your service of our country. 

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Hello Patrick,and welcome,

After 47 years of continued hearing loss, my left and right side measurements at the time were 96% and 88%, respectively. I had a left side Synchrony implant procedure in July, 2015. have used both Sonnet and Rondo processors, and prefer Sonnet. I had a right side implant procedure last week due to accelerated right side hearing loss (96%) since the first procedure, so now I'm bilateral, and looking forward to activation on April 26th.

It has indeed been an incredible journey, requiring time, patience and personal effort to derive the maximum performance from the Sonnet processor to arrive at the optimum brain adjustment level mentioned by your audiologist. I am also a vet, and must admit it has been one of those incredible, life-changing, worthwhile experiences. With regard to Med-El, I have found their cutting-edge technology, along with the quality of their personnel and service, to be exemplary.

I live in the St. Louis area, and if you would like to meet others that have, or are considering, a Med-El implant, there are periodic meetings in the area hosted by their local Senior Consumer Outreach Manger. I have found the meetings be informative and worthwhile, and the next one is between 6:30 - 8:30pm on May 4th. Let me know If you are interested, and I'll post the details.

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Hi Patrick! My daughter was just implanted and will be activated at the end of the month. Wanted to wish you all the best on your journey and Thank you for all your service !

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Hi and welcome to the group Patrick! Best of luck on your journey!! 

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Hello people, one of my friend have in past period a very bad hearing, so its going worst, and i came here to learn more about it! Wish we will help him, he has some strange wooshing sound in his ear that affecting his hearing.

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Hello! Welcome to our helpful group! We have many forums here please feel free to look around! Ask lots of questions and we will do our best to find the answers for you! Best of luck!!  

Kara?

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hey there and welcome. wanted to introduce myself too as I just have registered too. been searching for information for my friend... I want to learn as much as possible about any possible treatments... btw, besides hearing loss (progressive) he's also diabetic and uses glipizide does it have anything to do with it?...

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Many of us stay active here because we clearly remember how difficult our own hearing loss journeys were and are so thankful to the wonderful hearing we now have with our CIs.  I hope your friend joins and asks lots of questions.

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I agree totally!! I was very anxious myself when my journey began. 

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Welcome to the community!  I'm bilateral CI users - I primarily use the Rondo, but I also have the Sonnet and Opus 2 processors as well.  I'm sure you will constantly find the journey to be very rewarding with lots of "Wow!" moments. 

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