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    Just got activated

    It will take some time, but you'll get there. Just keep working at it. Audiobooks, reading out loud to yourself (or have someone else read to you), just expose yourself to all sorts of sounds and speech. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. You can't rush the process.
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    CI Activation

    AB has an auditory rehab app available for download on Apple and Android devices, called WordSuccess. Definitely does not hurt to find out who your CICS person is for your area. CICS can be a great resource! I love my CICS person, she went to bat for me to make sure I got my Marvels (ok, one of...
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    CI Activation

    Definitely go in with low expectations. If you do hear something, it will sound very different from what you're used to hearing with hearing aids. Just keep at it and let your brain make sense of everything (which does take time). Might be beeps or electronic/robotic sounds, might be nothing...
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    It's a go! I have a surgery date!

    Different CI surgeons have their own post-op care instructions. You should follow your surgeon's instructions.
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    It's a go! I have a surgery date!

    I have no idea. My rep told me that the neutral colors were the most popular, which is why those were going out first. But plenty of adults are also ordering colored Skys as well. I'll be calling AB in the morning to check in my order since I got an email the other night.
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    It's a go! I have a surgery date!

    I am still anxiously waiting for my Marvels. I don't know if anyone has gotten the Lava Red yet, so maybe that's part of my order's hold up.
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    Telecoil ear loop for 8 year old

    Neckloops use telecoil. Wouldn't know which brand is a good one though. I haven't used telecoil in years, due to having cochlear implants. As for the bookies conversation, O_o wow
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    Telecoil ear loop for 8 year old

    Noizfree did have dual ear hooks, but it seems they have been discontinued, which is unfortunate. There are also neckloops, which can be worn around the neck; just make sure the hearing aids are turn to Telecoil mode. Have you considered something like a ComPilot from Phonak for the hearing...
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    CI Brands

    All brands will allow you to hear again. They all have their own programmings/speech processing strategies/etc, features, accessories, etc. I don't know if one brand does music better than others; I think music sounds just fine with my AB's. A lot of this depends on your brain processing/making...
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    First pair of hearing aids - Phonak brand

    When I had the Claro, it would auto-adjust depending on noise levels. It actually drove me out of my mind in high school, with switching classes (the noise in the hallways would trigger the auto-adjust, switching to the noise setting, but it'd switch back to normal, noise, normal, etc... within...
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    First pair of hearing aids - Phonak brand

    I grew up wearing Phonaks and have always been happy with them. I trialed an Oticon and didn't care for it, probably because I was used to hearing with Phonaks that the Oticon was just weird for me. Think I've worn 4 different types of Phonaks over the years that I know of (2 sets of Pico Forte...
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    Cochlear Implant Pain That Isn't Normal..?

    magnet strength too strong? That is the only thing I can think of, though I'm not sure if that would explain the throat pain.
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    CI and tinnitus

    No guarantees a CI will get rid of the tinnitus. I've had tinnitus for as long as I can remember, and getting my CIs didn't change that, I still have tinnitus. Mostly I experience it when it's quiet around me or if I don't have my processors on.
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    How do I pick the correct cochlear implant company?

    definitely play with the demos in the office if you can, that way you get a feel for them and figure out how to put the processors together (take battery on/off, cables, etc.). It's hard to tell you which company to go for, each company have their pros/cons; it's a matter of what you want to...
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    any word on bone conduction

    BAHA (bone anchored hearing aids, which uses bone conduction) has been going on for years. but I don't know if that'll be of much help for you if the CI didn't work out.
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