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Today is one month since my activation so it was hearing test time.

1. I have residual hearing in my implanted ear. I can hear words but they are nonsense.

2. My pure tone audio gram is close to the targets Med El and my audiologist want.

3. Prior to implantation my sentence recognition in my “good” ear was 60%, and in noise 42%. In the ear we decided to implant it was zero point zero, nada, nothing.

At one month the implanted ear has 92% sentence recognition in silence and 80% sentence recognition in noise. When combined with my hearing aid in the opposite ear the sentence recognition in noise is 94%. 

Used the Sonnet 2 the first two weeks and switched to the Rondo 3 for the past two weeks. I love the Rondo. 

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On 2/22/2022 at 5:58 PM, Jason77 said:

Today is one month since my activation so it was hearing test time.

1. I have residual hearing in my implanted ear. I can hear words but they are nonsense.

2. My pure tone audio gram is close to the targets Med El and my audiologist want.

3. Prior to implantation my sentence recognition in my “good” ear was 60%, and in noise 42%. In the ear we decided to implant it was zero point zero, nada, nothing.

At one month the implanted ear has 92% sentence recognition in silence and 80% sentence recognition in noise. When combined with my hearing aid in the opposite ear the sentence recognition in noise is 94%. 

Used the Sonnet 2 the first two weeks and switched to the Rondo 3 for the past two weeks. I love the Rondo. 

 

On 2/23/2022 at 2:17 AM, Jason77 said:

@Mary Beth thank you. They have given me the go ahead to wear my hearing aid which I haven’t been doing at all since activation. I’m working more on music now as well. 

Congratulations @Jason77. These are great test results. I'm hoping to do as well at my first testing in a couple of weeks. :) 

I've also been working on music. One thing that I think is helping me is that I have been trying to expose myself to a very broad range of tones for hours at a time as well as focusing a lot on high and low tones (since mid-tones are strongest for me as the last that I lost). For example, I have a playlist with four songs that I play on repeat constantly ranging from Leonard Cohen's deep bass voice to the operatic mezzo-soprano of Joyce DiDonato (with a couple of other songs in the middle for variety). I also have playlists with only high tone focus and low tone focus that I'll put on repeat for hours. High tones have been my biggest weakness, so I was really happy yesterday (after weeks of doing this off and on), when I heard that the scratchiness from my high tone playlist beginning to sound like singing 🙂.  My low tones still need work, but are coming along a bit more quickly. I'd love to compare notes as your music journey progresses. I know our journeys will all be different, but I would love to learn about what works for others.

 

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@AnnetteT I too have been listening to a variety of different music over the past week. It is amazing how good some things sound. My audiologist has yet to give me any streaming capabilities so I have been using my Bose headphones over my sonnet to listen to music via my implant only. There are a couple nights over the last week that i have done this for hours at a time. I wear a rondo the rest of the day. My lows have really come a long way over the past couple of weeks. They actually hit pretty good now. 90’s rap is great, electronic (EDM/house/dance) all sound great, a lot of 80’s stuff is pretty good. Rock is hit or miss still, show tunes are hit or miss as well. Voices sometimes get a little odd. Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing sounds fantastic now. Thats the song i listen to over an over since my activation day. 

I’m looking forward to a dedicated music program to see if it makes a difference with some of the distortion in some of the music. This seems to come and go sometimes too and is likely related to ASM trying to figure out what to do. 

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On 3/6/2022 at 12:58 PM, Jason77 said:

@AnnetteT I too have been listening to a variety of different music over the past week. It is amazing how good some things sound. My audiologist has yet to give me any streaming capabilities so I have been using my Bose headphones over my sonnet to listen to music via my implant only. There are a couple nights over the last week that i have done this for hours at a time. I wear a rondo the rest of the day. My lows have really come a long way over the past couple of weeks. They actually hit pretty good now. 90’s rap is great, electronic (EDM/house/dance) all sound great, a lot of 80’s stuff is pretty good. Rock is hit or miss still, show tunes are hit or miss as well. Voices sometimes get a little odd. Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing sounds fantastic now. Thats the song i listen to over an over since my activation day. 

I’m looking forward to a dedicated music program to see if it makes a difference with some of the distortion in some of the music. This seems to come and go sometimes too and is likely related to ASM trying to figure out what to do. 

@Jason77, I'm excited that music is coming along so well for you! I also find that electronic and songs that depend more on rhythm than tone work a bit better (e.g. Lil Nas X in Old Town Road). I can't get over how natural drums sound. I've added Don't Stop Believing to my list. It's not working super well for me immediately but that is likely because I don't know the song (and familiar songs always seem easier). My analogous song that I've listened to the most is Disturbed's cover of Sound of Silence. It's sounding so much better than it did at first, but still isn't quite on pitch yet.

It's interesting that your audiologist would not turned on streaming but would enable ASM, while mine hasn't turned on ASM and I had access to streaming on Day 1. I'd be curious to understand the down-sides of using streaming early on. I have been streaming with Audiostream to Sonnet 2 for mobile, AudioLink to Rondo 3 (mobile and PC, keeping the AudioLink within a meter of my implant and wired to my devices to optimize for sound quality), and Avantree Bluetooth APTX-LL transmitter/headphones over Sonnet 2 for PC and TV (optical -> BT). As an aside, I really love that my headphones from Avantree (Aria Pro SSD) has the option to convert all sounds to mono at the headphones (the company's CEO is SSD) and supports APTX-Low Latency (connecting to my PC for video via Bluetooth before getting the Avantree was intolerable due to latency until I found the Avantree tx).

For special music programs, I think that @Mary Beth mentioned that she likes to use Omni for music with ASM turned off, but I am not sure that I recall correctly. ☺️

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