Lauren Posted June 28, 2021 Report Share Posted June 28, 2021 I've been using one processor as much as possible since being activated on Friday (10+ hours). The day had some positives and not so positives so I'll sum up below and hopefully there'll be some tips/suggestions for me.. 1. The surprise - My implant was placed low, very low; so low that the Rondo 3 sits just barely above my left ear and right above where my glasses sit. I still have post-operative pain so went with the Rondo first because of that but when the swelling goes down there's a very real possibility that the Sonnet 2 will not work for me due to the limited real estate. My first thought (because I really wanted the Sonnet 2) was request the Activity Clip from Med-El and just wear it that way so that I can at least use it... If it still doesn't work then I may end up with two Rondo 3s. 2. Activation - My audi didn't want to do too much too soon so basically just turned on the processor and made sure I was understanding speech. Because I'd done prior research we didn't spend too much time on the equipment other than making sure everything was accounted for (but we didn't request the activity clip so that was the only thing not included.. whoops). Because of that we were able to do some testing and my audi was very happy. Ran through some words and sounds (couldn't tell the difference between "s" and 'sh", and "m" turned out to be hard for me) but was getting more than I was missing when the audi was using the cards. Had a harder time when the testing moved to more open lists so my audi had to semi-close it again and said everything she would say next would be a vegetable. I was still struggling so audi narrowed it to 5-6 veggies for me. Cucumber wasn't on the list she'd given but I was focusing too hard to notice that and just said cucumber because that's what I'd heard and that's what my task was. Audi had to stop and ask me if 'cucumber' had been on the list. I said "umm.. no?" And she admitted she'd tried to trick me but I got it without realizing. So all-in-all wasn't perfect but my audi assured me that since it had only been 1.5 hours into activation that was fantastic. 3. Rehab after - same day I drove out to see family/friends and had one conversation in a not-busy coffee shop with a friend, taking out my right hearing aid so I was relying on just my new processor with lipreading as a back-up (but I looked away/closed my eyes a few times to test that). I did pretty well. My friend helped me realize that I don't have volume or pitches/ranges/tones etc, there's just speech that I can and cannot hear. For pitches, I had my friend speak at higher/lower registers until I lost the sound, but noticed that the voice I heard never changed. For volume it seems to not matter if someone is whispering, at a normal volume, or practically shouting at me - it all sounds the same. I also don't have any tones/accents or anything to differentiate people's voices. My audi, mother, friends/family, and total strangers all sounded the same. 4. Music - I primarily listen to music when driving. Luckily Alaska is a big state so just two round trips from Anchorage to the Valley (where all family/friends live) over the weekend got me 4+ hours of listening time. At first it was just a garbled mess but now I'm able to hear percussion/beats (drums) and bass. Lyrics are gravelly, robotic, and tone-deaf but I was at least picking them out. ______ Since then, rehab has been primarily digital via apps/programs (iAngel Sounds, Angel Sounds for PC, etc) and I'll admit it hasn't been going too well. I definitely do better when the speech/sounds are face-to-face. In person I'm at least 80%+ (no lip reading) and via digital I'm lucky if I can get above a 10% success rating. First mapping is this Thursday, July 1 and I will be mentioning all of the above to the audiologist. Is there anything else I can do to help the audi help me get the processor closer to natural sound at mappings and further improve my listening? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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