I just wanted to talk about a little milestone that I've reached that I'm pleased about. My old cell phone which I've only ever used for text messages broke so I went shopping for a new one. I've found a cell phone that works well with my implant and with my telecoil setting I've so far talked to 3 of my friends and also my husband, understanding a lot of what they say. I've never never been able to use a cell phone before and it has blown me away. It sounds as clear as an amplified landline phone. I think I will always be exclusive about who I speak to (i.e. people who I know will be patient and prepared to repeat themselves) but it's nice to know that this can be done. I think this has become possible through my last map where we increased the volume quite a lot. The first couple of days I felt like my brain was working overtime dealing with the new information and it was quite hard work. But now I'm loving it. I can honestly say that I'm reaching the crossover point now where I'm getting more input than with hearing aids. I'm getting sounds now that were soft with hearing aids but now very noticeable with the implant.