violinmemories Posted September 30, 2012 Report Share Posted September 30, 2012 I am new here so I apologize in advance if this post is not in the right section. After three years I've qualified for a CI, I'm excited at the prospect of hearing again, by hearing I don't mean just words and phrases but music again. Music has always been a very important part of my life as my late father was a professional violinist. I grew up listening to music and sadly even though I can still pick out the violin parts it's not as vibrant sounding as it once was. I have several questions for those that have Med-El: 1) I've noticed that sounds, words and music use to be well rounded (3-D if you will) with regards to tones and pitches rising and falling with each breath. Recently, I've noticed that hearing anything is more flat and one steady tone and pitch (monotone). Will Med-El help restore the 3-D sounds that I remember hearing? 2) I'm not fond of carrying a remote around with me, I've got fears of leaving it somewhere. Sticking it in my jeans and throwing the jeans in the wash (only to remember too late that the remote is being washed), what do I need a remote for? Will I need to carry it with me all the time? Do the CI's have volume adjustment controls on the processor like my Phonak hearing aids do? 3) Is there room to add more technology in the future, or am I stuck in a current strategy without the possiblity to "upgrade"? With the "upgrades" to better technology in the future, is it done externally via the processor or do I need to go through another implant surgery to get upgrades? 4) Are the signals in the implant all activated at the same time? Or are only a few actually turned on and used at any given time? 5) What is the difference between the different processors? Is one better than another?? I have an appointment coming up in two weeks to talk to another surgeon who implants Med-El but I want to get first hand knowledge from people that have Med-El and actually use them daily. Thanks, Meredith Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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