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Lauren
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Just left the audiologist and finally have the Sonnet 2 with EAS processor. Also had another electrode finally turned on as it wasn't causing twitching anymore. 

The difference is subtle and I can't quite articulate it but there is a difference between the EAS vs no EAS. Some music already sounds better, however I also had another electrode turned on finally as well so need to keep that in mind for things sounding differently.  Also did additional mapping and the CI and HA are more equal now than they've been since the beginning. I was noticing more with both. Hasn't quite been an hour yet so I'll get some more listening in and hopefully have more to report, and maybe even a WOW moment.

Currently wearing Sonnet 2 EAS with ActiveWear so it does "stand out" a bit more from conventional CIs but its way more comfortable having the battery portion off my ear. Bummed as I am about the ear mold part, its not too bad (so far). 

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I’m so happy for you Lauren. 

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Didn't quite make it 24 hours with the new settings. Yesterday around the 24 hour mark I had to email my audiologist and report in that I was getting slight overstimulation again, but not nearly to the extent as my first week, and wasn't sure about making it through the weekend. Just some consonants and sounds were causing me to wince/twitch slightly while the rest are coming through fine if a little exaggerated. So I'm recently back home from going in and getting that fixed. Right now don't have any stabbing sensations and am not periodically wincing anymore. Just working at normalizing all the consonants that are now being overexaggerated.

Nor sure on preference of processors still. I pick up more sounds with the EAS vs Rondo vs Sonnet 2 w/o EAS. There's a definite albeit slight different in range/tones that they pick up and that translates for me. Its just so subtle still that I don't yet have a preference sound-wise. Simplicity wise of course the Rondo 3 wins. Weirdest thing about the EAS, if I detach the coil I get a very limited amount of extremely distorted sound in via just the EAS portion. I happened on that by accident and its not at all pleasant. Kinda reminds me of activation day where everything was sounding muffled, though instead of speech like then its just electronic pulses/beeps. Very weird.

(Remembered to ask how many electrodes are activated as I lost count and it is currently 8 out of 12.)

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@Lauren

I am glad your audiologist was able to see you so quickly to get rid of the twitching.  Keep us posted.

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@Mary Beth me too. I was as specific about the problem as possible and that helped my audiologist know what needed to be done. Then had a 30 minute window to get me in that worked for both of us and we didn’t waste time. Was done in 20 minutes so hopefully didn’t throw her day off too much. 

Audiologist has a meeting with MED-EL (it was planned already) and will add my file to everything else that they are going over so I’ll be either hearing more before my next appointment in mid-September or go over it at that time. Just depending on any urgency or not (I doubt it would be urgent). There’s the possibility of a rep coming up too but nothing known/confirmed and again not sure if it would be necessary or not for me. But would be cool to meet them in person of course!

i just wish I could pinpoint the differences in EAS/no EAS and Rondo!

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