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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

Sounds like the same problem people had going from analog to digital hearing aids.. their brain reprograms for the aid, and then won't easily accept the new units.

I'm finally starting to pickup voices without lipreading, took almost a month from activation for that to work for me.

about 3 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

I easily hear the same, as long as I'm using the telecoil or direct audio input. I'm also only a month into this, so hopefully on a regular set of speakers I'll hear it better soon.

Music sounded the same or better to me as with the hearing aids on the drive home after activation... louder on the higher frequency notes, but I could trivially pick out each note.

If you're on the original processor, it's likely the newer ones will do a lot more for you.. Nucleus 22 back then, wasn't it? And that's a remarkable lifespan for the processor!

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

His comment was definitely funny, and shows how leaving out a word or two changes the context completely.

And applicable to the topic of hearing loss as not hearing a word in a conversation can leave that person completely lost as to what is going on.

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

Med-El Opus2 and Rondo. They've been giving both units out for the last year or so, so people can switch back and forth.

So if you are bilateral with the unit you have, you have to remember which ear is which?

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

They're serial number locked, so that won't work. The processor queries the implant when the processor is linked and if it's the wrong number, it won't send a signal. People with two implants could mix up the processors otherwise, so it's a safety thing to prevent sending the wrong levels to the implant.

Same type of implant. :)

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

Born with it, which is actually worse for results generally. Kids implanted early do best, followed by adults who went deaf, with those deaf all their life doing about the worst since the brain never developed those parts.

My hearing loss was about 25db in the low freq's until I was about 20something, where it dropped 35db in about 6 months.. always had the high frequency loss.

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

compwizrd Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (510 comments)

I am deaf myself, with a loss of 60+ db up to about 500-600 Hz and about 110db after that. Though I know ASL to a passable degree, I don't generally consider myself Deaf. I wore very high power hearing aids up till this year, when I had a cochlear implant put in.

I'm now at week 3 after having my Med-El cochlear implant activated.

I had basic speech understanding with lipreading about five minutes after being activated, and could easily follow the melody of music on the car ride home. Music sounded about the same as it does with hearing aids, or with it cranked way up on speakers/headphones... In other words, the sound quality of the implant was nowhere near AM radio quality... a bit off from CD quality, but not hugely.

After three weeks, I'm starting to be to understand speech without lipreading for some people, and lyrics in music are starting to come in for me, and music has smoothed out in the upper frequencies that i couldn't hear properly in before.

I now hear with around a 15db loss, and that is still being adjusted and programmed as my ears adjust.

As an example of the difference in hearing, I tried dropping a raisin on the ground a few weeks ago, and clearly heard it hit the tile.. before I'd have to drop the whole bag of them. I can clearly hear the claws of the dog walking across the floor.. from another room. Could never hear the turn signal or headlight warning in the car before, now they're louder than the car to me.

Everyones experience varies with the implants, but it's not always as bad as Rush's has turned out.

My wife has the same cochlear implant as me, and has had it for about three years. The most clear sign that they can do almost miracles was about a year or two ago when we went to a friends wedding.. about 150-200 people in a very large and noisy room. My hearing aids were doing nothing for me in the noise, even telling that someone was talking was impossible. She was able to listen from across the room with her implant and interpret into ASL for me.

about 4 months ago

Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

compwizrd Trailer strength (242 comments)

How will the trailer hold up to the average idiot with a forklift? Or to the average idiot that didn't strap the load in and it shifts?

about 5 months ago

Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

compwizrd RT-N16 will be secured automatically when it dies. (148 comments)

Haven't checked into other routers, but the RT-N16 has a "warranty cap". There is a capacitor on the far right of the unit, roughly centered. It's clearly designed to fail after a period of time. The rest of the capacitors are a different brand that isn't generally known to fail, the warranty cap is known to be a defective make.

Normally it takes a bit longer than the actual warranty length to fail.

about 5 months ago

Enormous Tunneling Machine 'Bertha' Blocked By 'The Object'

compwizrd Re:AllSpark (339 comments)

Close. It's a StarGate.

about 7 months ago

City of Johannesburg Leaks Personal Bills Online, Threatens Flaw Finder

compwizrd Other companies have had this happen, even in IT (46 comments)

Lenovo Canada had the same problem last year or so. I fired off an email to the right people, we emailed back and forth a few times, they didn't think there was a problem and couldn't reproduce, I finally setup a test case step by step to pull up someone's invoice, and they fixed it after.

They offered me a free case or battery or laptop accessory as thanks, I never bothered taking them up on it.

I was actually trying to lookup my own invoice from a laptop order I had made... their invoicing system is an utter mess as each component you buy gets separately invoiced as it ships, and I had bought a laptop as a guest or similar.. I knew my invoice number, just not the specific details.. I noticed the url given in the order email had the invoice number in it, and changing the invoice number to the other order gave my invoice.. and then tried a different number and learned that so-and-so had a mouse shipped to their address, etc.

They haven't fixed the invoicing system yet.. I'd much rather be billed for everything at once when it goes to manufacturing, or when it all ships.. Right now you have to go through each line on the order and match it up to the invoice they've sent... calculating the tax and shipping costs for each one.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

compwizrd Re:Keyboards no, $750 RAID cards yes (338 comments)

Well, for something that will convert any KVM into an IP KVM, look into the Lantronix SpiderDuo... though you can only iso mount to one drive at a time... one version even supports pass through, so you can leave the original monitor and keyboard connected.

For an actual ip kvm that works through a browser, the Avocent DSR4020 will at least easily and cheaply give you a bunch of ports via your browser.. the ps2 dongles are about 5-10 each, the USB around 40-50, so I'm just using ps2 to usb dongles.. once in awhile it needs the ctrl key tapped because it thinks it stuck... mostly when switching windows.

Avocent of that erea requires licensing their software to get ISO support, though the hardware supports it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Data Storage Highway Robbery?

compwizrd EDI data transfers cost more (168 comments)

EDI transfer through providers like Covisint costs far more, though I don't have the numbers available right now.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Charges Sales Tax On "Shipping and Handling"

compwizrd Wait till you see the taxes on the taxes! (330 comments)

Cross border shopping is worse... if i bring my purchases home into Canada, and the border guy is bored enough, I pay 13% taxes on the cost of the item, the state taxes, and shipping and handling costs.

Usually they don't bother now until it's around $200. If I stay in the US, after 24 hours i have a $200 exemption (but $201 makes the whole thing fair game). After 48 hours I have an exemption on the first $800.

about a year and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?

compwizrd Re:Buy multiple wireless data cards (232 comments)

I have a 6000VA Smart-UPS RM XL at the office with 5 battery packs attached.. runs the servers at 50% load for about 3 hours, and i can shed over half the load once the desktops croak. Either way, it's hooked up to a Cummins 5500 watt generator we bought from Costco. If i remember to push the choke in, the generator spits out about 245V at a decent enough frequency for the ups to be happy with it and even recharge its batteries. I did set the upper and lower bypasses to 265/184 to handle flakiness, and output is set to 230V, but frequency is still set to 60 +/- .1Hz. I did find that all our consumer ups's, both APC and Cyberpower tend to not work on the generator output... my solution was to just plug them into the 120V feeds off the 6000VA unit.. I just make sure we don't go too high on load. The big UPS filters out the line enough for it to work. In a longer term outage I'd remove the desktop ups's from the big generator and run the desktops directly, but we haven't had more than 6-7 hour outages.

about 2 years ago

HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

compwizrd Re:zuh? (184 comments)

And then they have the SKU for the paper tray, which is perpetually out of stock. HP seems to be having allocation issues lately, I've had trouble finding even the M551n and the like, and sometimes I have to wait weeks for toner carts for some of our other units.

about 2 years ago

Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

compwizrd up up down down left right left right (267 comments)

I'm ambidextrous. I can screw things up equally with both hands.

Actually, I'm left handed, but I've never had any issue with right-handed devices.. scissors work just fine for me, etc.

about 2 years ago

Apple Plans Hearing Aid Social Networking

compwizrd Re:Leave my Hearing Aids Alone (70 comments)

I've got a set of Siemens Centra SP's... and yes, their programming software is just horrid... unstable and VERY slow. The multiple beeps to set programs bugs me too, as by the time you go through program 3, it's taking about a second and a half to beep at me. The only reason that makes any sense would be for people who can't distinguish tone levels very well? I did get them to set the lowest frequency possible, the default was stupidly high pitched.

For my hearing aids, I have the first program set to almost no noise cancel, it works best for music for me.. second program has the highest noise cancel it will do, this is my speech program, and third is for telecoil.. mine only has a 4th and 5th program if i have the audio boots.. They mean to tell me in 2006 NVRam was still too expensive to store a dozen programs customized to what I want???

They rely too much on "here's the audiogram, here's what the software says it should be set to for levels".. but never "you grew up missing the high frequencies, so having a bit heavier bass than what the machine says would beneficial so it sounds more natural"..

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?

compwizrd the hearing aid isn't expensive, it's the markup. (629 comments)

I wear a set of Siemens Centra SP's, and they were 7k new.. $2400 an ear for the hearing aid, 675 an ear for the fitting fee, and $500 an ear for an extended warranty for 3 years vs 1.

Turns out if they're out of warranty and you need a repair, it's $330.. my provider said it's gone up to $400 now... this gets you another year of warranty as well. I've been told eventually they'll cut me off because they catch onto what I'm doing or they run out of parts.. but I've gotten about 5 years of this so far.

So your $2400 is paying for the R&D, the actual hearing aid is somewhere around $100 or so.

Even for my warranty repairs, they just replace the hearing aid instead of fixing it.

My Father-in-law has the same Centra SP's and his were around $10k.. mine were purchased in Canada(where I live), he is in the US, so even the markup varies.

more than 2 years ago


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