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I just received my artone and love it.  However it only lasts 4 hours and only pairs 2 .  Even though Rogers pen more expensive I prefer artone for streaming.  Deciding whether to invest in the Quattro Pro or wait for audio link 

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I also got the Artone last week. It has proved handy at work as it enables me to listen to streaming talk radio (NPR, etc.) when my coworkers aren't really chatty or if they're too chatty. :) I'm still very new post-activation, so I'm not making a lot of sense of sounds yet. I do agree that the Artone is definitely more convenient for streaming than the Pen as there's fewer steps involved in starting the stream to the CI. Personally, I'm waiting for the AudioLink as I'm not realizing the full potential of the Artone yet due to not understanding sound at this time.

When I'm at work, I'm usually at a computer, so I just keep the Artone plugged in the USB port, which seems to keep it charged up while listening.

Currently, when listening to the radio, I'm reminded of part of Queen's Radio Ga Ga song lyrics :)

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All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo
Radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah

 

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I am 7 months post and I promise you music will sound great.  I have the artone listening to classical every time I can plug in or should I say plug out

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@Marion nancy

I love Artone for streaming.  So easy and sounds great.  Also allows us to choose to block out all environmental sounds by going on T.  I call this 100/0 mix.  100% from the streaming source and 0% from the processor mics.

I am eagerly awaiting the AudioLink.  Once it has been released and people start using it, we will find out which is better for us.

Meanwhile, I have 2 Artones charging every night.

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Thank you Mary.  As the Artone is relatively inexpensive as compared to other devices I am going to order a second one.  I love it and become annoyed when I have to wait to reboot. I seem to be wearing this when ever I am home. Music never sounded so good.  I find it much easier than Rogers and definitely much lighter.

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We order from Union Hearing in Ontario.  They promised to let me know when the audio link will become available.  From their knowledge we will not need to change the battery pack cover as we do for Rogers.  For both sonnet and sonnet2 it is Bluettoth compatible.  Anxious to see.  

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@Marion nancy

It is nice to always have an extra Artone charged and ready to go!

AudioLink will communicate with the Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 2 internal receiver which has been dormant.  We will not need to use the Roger receiver battery cover to use the AudioLink.

The info That has been seen online seems to show that the AudioLink will need to use a cable to the phone/iPad when streaming music or audiobooks.  No cable is needed for phone calls.  This is similar to the Roger System.

It is unknown about our control of the audio mix with streaming versus Sonnet mics picking up environmental sounds.  I am hoping for a 100/0 mix option which is streaming source only.  Roger with Med-El processors is limited to a 50/50 mix.  In my opinion, that is a big disadvantage with Roger and Med-El processors.

Another unknown is if the AudioLink will deliver true separate stereo music audio to right and left sides for bilateral and bimodal users.  Both Roger and Artone deliver the same sound to both sides (binaural mono audio).

Lots to learn.  Hoping we hear about a release date soon.

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@Mary Beth Which ALD works best for you when using a cell phone?

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@David

I am eager to see how the AudioLink sounds with cell phones and Sonnets when it is released.

I typically just hold my cell phone over my processor mics.

Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop works great for cell phone calls too and gives the added benefit of hearing in both ears for bilateral or bimodal users.

BOSE QC 35 BT around the ear headphones work great for calls if you don’t mind wearing headphones.  Again, you hear the call in both ears.

What do you use for cell phones David?

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Hi David.  Some how could never figure out my Rogers pen however I just began using the artone 3 and the call from my iPhone came in clearly even though I was listening to an audiobook.  It automatically switched over.  Pleasantly surprised 

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@Marion nancy Thanks, Marion nancy.

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@Mary Beth

Thanks for your reply.

I do not own a cell phone, and use a modified Clarity Alto landline phone. Like yourself, I place the phone  speaker directly over the Sonnet microphones, and have been doing this since shortly after my first Synchrony CI procedure in July, 2015. 

I am considering a cell phone in the hope it may offset recurring and abnormal balance, sound quality and lingering issues after going bilateral two years ago, followed by an explant/reimplant procedure earlier this year.

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@David

I use an iPhone 8 and it works well for me. I hope you find something that works well for you too.

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