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Two weeks post implant, 17 days from activation. English by birth, Swiss by marriage/adoption I live in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Implant of Synchrony Flex 28 was done in InselSpital in Bern. Processor will be a Rondo 3. Interested to learn anything that can help getting up to speed. Swiss insurance does nothing to help the retired so professional help post activation is not covered for me. I have a hearing aid in my left ear and I am trying to find out if it accepts a telecoil. It’s a top end Resound Lynx but l have a feeling it doesn’t work with telecoil. Any and all advice welcome, particularly streaming phone, tv and music to both ears.
 

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Congratulations @Andrew42!

The most convenient way to stream to a Rondo 3 and a hearing aid simultaneously is using telecoil.

Rondo 3 needs to have the telecoil adapter plugged in.  It defaults to a 50/50 mix (like a MT setting).  If we want a T only option, our audiologists need to set that up in a program slot.

Hearing aid needs to have an active telecoil.

Then we can use various neckloop options.  My favorite is the Artone 3 MAX BT neckloop.  Here is a link to my review of the Artone neckloop in case you are interested.

 

 

 

As far as training our brains to use the CI input, check out our section called REHAB for lots of great suggestions.

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Here is a link to my favorite aural rehab apps and activities

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Thanks, Mary Beth. Unfortunately, I don’t think Word Success is available in the uk App Store. Later I will switch to the Swiss store but I’m not anticipating finding it there. 

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That’s disappointing @Andrew42.

 

This link takes you to printed practice sheets to use with a partner and follow the same listening ladder as the word success app.  Dave Sindrey created both.

 

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Thank you very much. I have saved all the sheets and the instructions to a special folder on my PC. Now to activation!

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It’s hard to wait for activation!  Just remember that activation is only your starting point.  As someone who did not understand any speech at either of my activations, I am proof that things get SO MUCH better!

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I hope your activation went well!  Will you be joining in Peter’s Show & Tell on aural rehab on Sunday?

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The activation went very well. I could even recognise most of the numbers I was tested with. I'm not doing any therapy at the moment except that I am operating without my HA in my left ear and just letting my system/brain work itself out. I'm keeping notes/questions for my follow up meeting and a sort of diary. The improvement day to day has been noticeable. I particlaulrly notice sounds like cupboards being unlocked but words are not nearly as distinct. Nevertheless I have conversations with my wife and son relying solely on the Rondo and I'm getting by. Much better than I had anticipated but the advice given me by one of the group not to set expectations high was excellent. I wore the Rondo for about ten hours yesterday and I'm up to seven already to day.

I have a touch of soreness somemwhere around where the Rondo sits. I'm not sure if it is magnet related, if the clip to my hair is actually pulling my hair or what the cause is. Unless it gets worse I'm not going to bother about it and see what happens tonight when I take it off for recharging.

Regarding Sunday, I do not know yet. I'm not sure quite what our programme is going to be. I will know in the next 24 hours and will leave a note one way or the other on the site. I know that Saturday is not on for me becasue the timing is all wrong for Europe: pity.

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Awesome start!  It gets better every day.  Enjoy your journey.

 

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Hi andrew, do you really need the hair clip at this point? Hoping the magnet is working well, i had a couple spots that seemed to be sore but it turned out was glue spots needed removal but it was stuck yo my hair and pulling. I have no sore areas now at 2.5 months after surgery. Hope you have fun identifying sounds.

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Frankly I do not know if I need the hair clip. I'm using it as a Linus rag just in case I knock it off which I have done a couple of times already. The soreness has disappeared. I took the Rondo off this afternoon when I hwas having a 'flu shot. I put it back on a few minutes later and voilä the soreness has disappeared: magic.

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