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  1. LoveBlue

    What kind of mobile phones do deaf people need?

    "development of text-to-speech technology," I think you mean speech-to-text. There are several things already out there for this.
  2. LoveBlue

    New here...

    Yes, I was able to understand speech from the get-go, but only about 60%. There are still some phonics that I struggle with (like TH). I really need to do my rehab on these. Some of them may be because I don't have the needed frequencies "mapped" "just right" for them. "Mapping" is where...
  3. LoveBlue

    New here...

    I believe the Costco aids were also made my Phonak. ;) Rehab is basically listening to things, especially "words", to train your brain what the electronic signals are sending to it. You would start of listening while reading what you're listening to. I was able to understand speech from the...
  4. LoveBlue

    New here...

    :wave: I began to lose my hearing in my mid 30's. I wore hearing aids starting in my early 40's. By my early 60's my left side was down to 4% comprehension with a hearing aid (and 0% w/o). My right ear was around 50%. I got a CI in my left ear and my comprehension went dramaticlly up (I...
  5. LoveBlue

    16 vs 22 electrodes

    @x1heavy, actually the topic has nothing to do with smart phones, etc. The virtual the OP is talking about is how the 16 electrodes can produce virtually 120 spectral bands (five times more sound resolution). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2760742/...
  6. LoveBlue

    16 vs 22 electrodes

    Hmm, I'm not really good at the technical part but I can give you some resources (for Advanced Bionics - AB) where you can find more info. hearingjourney.com - this is a user community and some of the participants are very knowledgeable about the technical side of our implants. You do have to...
  7. LoveBlue

    Lost my hearing in both ears just a year ago.

    Have you tried finding support groups for each brand of CI? (Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, Med-El) There are forums and FB groups. I'm only familiar with the one for Advanced Bionics as that is the brand I have. If you have talked to representatives from the 3 brands, I would hope that they...
  8. LoveBlue

    CI sound quality

    When you hear the beeps let her know how comfortable it feels. If it's too loud, you'll know. Each beep is a frequency. For speech, you want the frequencies that are in the speech banana to be loud enough w/o being too loud to help you understand speech. I always find the higher frequencies...
  9. LoveBlue

    CI sound quality

    Sound quality should improve as your brain adjust to the new sounds. Mappings should also help. Be sure to keep a diary of what you like and don't like and how things sound and share that with our audiologist. In my early months with the CI, I would send my audi an email a day or two before...
  10. LoveBlue

    Just got activated

    Robotic sounds generally go away and things sound "normal". New sounds may sound different until you brain adjusts.
  11. LoveBlue

    Cochlear battery?

    Maybe post your question on AB's HearingJourney.com - there are very knowledgable people there who could answer that question, and others you have. One guy in particular is very tech savvy.
  12. LoveBlue

    Cochlear battery?

    I have batteries that have sat in my drawer after being fully charged and I'm able to use them days or weeks later - BUT, I don't use them for full day after they've been sitting there, so I don't know how long the charge will last while being used after sitting for days. They certainly last...
  13. LoveBlue

    Just got activated

    You're early in the journey. Try to use only the CI side as much as you can, but keep the HA handy of those situations you really need to hear. I wore my HA but kept it on mute unless I needed it. Rehab, rehab, rehab....with just the CI on. I did audiobooks while reading the same book in...
  14. LoveBlue

    CI Activation

    You can find out who your CICS is by sending an email to hear@advancedbionics.com
  15. LoveBlue

    CI Activation

    Do you know who your AB CICS (Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist) is? This person would be a great resource for your various questions and concerns as they work with CI users who have many experiences. Plus some CICS's have CIs themselves. Also, if you haven't already, you should join...
  16. LoveBlue

    CI Activation

    Sounds like you've gotten off to a good start. :) "I hear rustling sounds every time I move" Your clothes rubbing. Have they talked about aural rehab yet? One popular one to start off with is: angelsound.tigerspeech.com I'm revisiting this one to see if I can get my "scores" higher as...
  17. LoveBlue

    CI Activation

    Each person is different. I was a lucky one who was able to understand speech right away - not perfect, but could understand many words. Voices with my first implant sounded like Darth Vadar. With my other ear they sounded like they were on helium. But both adjusted quickly - maybe a week...
  18. LoveBlue

    What to do in order to get new cochlear implant if I already had old one?

    Here are links for the 3 brands in the USA to find clinics near you. Many clinics handle all three brands. You probably should contact a clinic to talk with one of their CI audiologists first. You can also ask them to give you contact information for representatives from each brand so you can...
  19. LoveBlue

    It's a go! I have a surgery date!

    Your CI will not affect the sounds your other ear hears. What it will do is become the dominate ear. Meaning you'll probably notice you're hearing more on the CI side than you are on the HA side because your CI hearing will be much better (and louder) than the HA side.
  20. LoveBlue

    It's a go! I have a surgery date!

    @stephaniep , learning to hear again - actually to understand what you're hearing - is because you're now going to hear sounds created by electronic pulses (from the implant), rather than sounds directly from their sources. Plus when your hearing was diminishing your brain was no longer hearing...
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