I’m not that tech guy who knows every advantage and deficit of mobile phones. However, I was one of the first who bought a mobile phone with QWERTZ keyboard as texting was so important for me. A few years ago, phoning was a horror and I therefore did most of my communication by short messages or emails. That’s why I wanted a mobile phone with QWERTZ and exchange server access, so I can be reached all over the time, like other busy businessmen.

Beginning of this year, I was once more thinking about a new mobile phone. This time, not text input option was the most important aspect, but rather the Bluetooth functionality. Why? Since I’ve got a CI, phoning became less difficult than before and when I send the signal to both ears via FM, then phoning is really a cinch for me. However, to get the mobile phones signal to my FM transmitter (SmartLink+) I need the Bluetooth interface. By the way, for me, a touch screen was a must, the handling is so much easier with touch screen than when using buttons or a pen.

Now, looking at the iPhone, Bluetooth options are minimal. You only can enable or disable Bluetooth, causing that every single sound from the mobile phone is transmitted over Bluetooth. This results in higher current drain on both, the iPhone and SmartLink+.

The flexibility of setting up communication options, is the reason why I finally bought a HTC HD2. With this, I can configure the Bluetooth according my needs. I can turn off the headphone profile and only allow the headset profile. So, the Bluetooth link is only activated, when I receive a phone call resulting in less battery drain. The HTC HD2 allows other individual setting as a schedule for downloading emails, tweets, Facebook updates and so on, resulting in less data transfer over the network.

I personally love the HTC HD2 and can recommend it to everybody who loves to personalise mobile phone settings, to have a flexible Bluetooth chip and to be able to enter text quickly by the big QWERTZ keyboard on the touch screen. For sure, the HTC HD2 has many other more or less interesting stuff to offeršŸ˜‰

Cheers

SmartLink+

SmartLink+

HTC HD2

HTC HD2

I belong to the happy people who still have a residual hearing on their implanted ear. Although the acoustic hearing different now, the measured HL on my left ear is nearly the same as before the surgery. The different sound might be because the CI sound is now so dominant or is it the electrode array in my cochlea?

Who knows, it does not matter. What I love is still to hear the low frequencies on my left ear thanks to the DUET2 EAS system from MED-EL. EAS stands for Electric Acoustic Stimulation. I would not say that I really need the acoustic stimulation as the electric stimulation is so dominant, but when I use only the electric stimulation then I feel that there is something missing. I can do phone calls with the electric stimulation alone, that’s not the problem, but when I have the acoustic stimulation in parallel then I can follow the conversation a little bit more relaxed.

During the workday, I always wear the DUET2 to get the maximum of sounds my ears can pick up, so acoustic stimulation on both ears and electric stimulation on the left ear. However, when I’m at home, then I take the acoustic amplifier off from the DUET2 and attach the earhook as used for the old TEMPO+ processor. Please see the pictures at the bottom.

I do this, because I have some troubles with ear wax and having the ear opens in the evening, causes that my ears irritate less. With the CI alone, I still can understand my wife, the radio speaker or the TV.

Next time, I’ll write why my new mobile phone is NOT an iPhone.

DUET2 EAS

DUET2 EAS

DUET2 without acoustic amp

DUET2 without acoustic amp but with earhook

OPUS2

OPUS2

Earhook

Earhook

It’s now exactly 367 days since the day of CI activation. And there has been not one single day I did not wear the CI, because it is so great.

I would like to share some of the many moments of joy with my CI in this blog and hope it may be of help for other CI users to get the most out of their CI.

Actually, I wear the DUET2 EAS system from MED-EL on my left ear, this is a hybrid system providing me with electrical stimulation in the high frequency and acoustical stimulation in the low frequencies. However, the acoustic stimulation only takes over a very small part of the listening spectrum, cause my hearing loss is very severe as you can see in the audiogram at the bottom of this entry. But for me it is important to get as much sounds to my brain nerves as possible as it can be crucial to understand a word or not.

On my right ear, I wear the Phonak Naida V SP hearing instrument with integrated FM receiver (ML11i). Speaking of FM, I could not think being without FM systems. Right now, I use it to listen wirelessly to the radio program from my mobile phone. I receive the music on both ears! To bringĀ  the signal to my DUET2, I wear a neck loop (MyLink+) around my neck which picks up the FM signal and broadcast it as magnetic waves further to my DUET2, which is now in the “MT” program. Okay, listening to radio is one of the many opportunities I use FM, the greatest use of FM is for phoning. With FM, I can receive the caller’s voice on both ears and depending on the environment, I even can switch off the microphones of the DUET2 and Naida, makes it possible doing hassle free phone calls in a club! In this situation, many normal hearing peoples will struggle understanding on the phone! FM system is also my powerful weapon against other challenging listening situations, like discussions at a large table with many participants or listening to somebody over a distance or following a conversation in a noisy place. As soon as I do not feel confident enough to understand over the DUET2 and Naida, I take out my FM transmitter. Okay, uhm, I think I need to split the use of FM to several blogs because it’s a long list and it helps me sooo much that I want to blog more about it.

Having all this instruments on me (the DUET2, Naida & FM system), I can face almost all listening situations without running into hassles. After one year of CI use, I enjoy a high life standard as I had never before. Understanding speech in every situation and hearing sounds I couldn’t hear before, is soooo exiting and fulfilling, that I can not only life a normal life but rather I really can ENJOY it!

Next time, I will speak more about how I use my DUET2 system, how and why I switch sometimes to CI only (no acoustic stimulation) and what are the pros and cons of having a CI.

Hear it, enjoy it!

DUET2 EAS system

DUET2 EAS system

Audigram of February 2010
Audiogram of February 2010

I will blog about experiences with my DUET2 EAS system and will give many tips how to improve listening success with FM systems.