CI sound quality

Sogeking

New Member
Newly activated for almost three weeks now. Does the sound quality ever sound less robotic? Do you eventually just adjust and accept it?
 

LoveBlue

Well-Known Member
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 my appt so that she'd know how things were going. This also gave her time to contact the CI company before my appt if she had questions about how to "fix" any issues I was having. I'm lucky in that my audi is receptive to me emailing her with concerns (I don't abuse that privilege).
 

Sogeking

New Member
Okay thank you. Could you explain to me how mapping quite works. I’ve only been twice so far and all she does is turn the volume up while asking if the beeps are loud or comfortable. But for me it’s hard to say what is loud and what isn’t. I’ve had a profound hearing loss my whole life. I guess my question is, are there tips or tricks during mapping. I’ve been noting what I can hear and things that I have noticed.
 

Sogeking

New Member
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 my appt so that she'd know how things were going. This also gave her time to contact the CI company before my appt if she had questions about how to "fix" any issues I was having. I'm lucky in that my audi is receptive to me emailing her with concerns (I don't abuse that privilege).
Okay thank you. Could you explain to me how mapping quite works. I’ve only been twice so far and all she does is turn the volume up while asking if the beeps are loud or comfortable. But for me it’s hard to say what is loud and what isn’t. I’ve had a profound hearing loss my whole life. I guess my question is, are there tips or tricks during mapping. I’ve been noting what I can hear and things that I have noticed.
 

LoveBlue

Well-Known Member
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 to be annoying, though not too loud. I'm now trying, at my mappings, to ignore the annoying aspect so we can get those bumped up some. This will help me understand some letters that I'm struggling to distinguish from other letters (like P vs T)

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danhieux

New Member
Just adding since we are in the midst of COVID that at least one company is finalizing testing of remote mapping. Something you may want to discuss with your doctor. Some of us don’t have the trained audiologists near by. Here on the Big Island it requires a flight which in many cases comes out of your pocket.
 

gamesrubylove

New Member
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 my appt so that she'd know how things were going. This also gave her time to contact the CI company before my appt if she had questions about how to "fix" any issues I was having. I'm lucky in that my audi is receptive to me emailing her with concerns (I don't abuse that privilege).
If you use subtitles or listen to audio book and read along your brain or listen to music while reading the words to songs your brain will recognize the words faster. You are still pretty new to it so it may still take some time.. If you love music also listen to your favorite song until you can notice one word then you will get 2 and so on. It's just a matter of knowing how to practice with it. Yes we all had that worry but your brain will catch up the more you use it will not be fast though.
 
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