Yes, it has been a while since my last entry. That's because nothing much is new with my CI. I am currently not working, but would like to if I could find a job. I haven't been for a re-programming in over a year, but I still hear quite well. Music still is bad. Hearing on the phone is OK as long as the speaker talks very slowly and in normal volume. Usually, I have to remind the speaker many times to slow down and not yell. Most are very nice about it. I expect to get an iPhone in the next week or so, and if the speaker sounds like my daughter's does, I should be just fine. I have decided not to upgrade to the Nucleus 5 since it appears to not be that much better than the Freedom for me, and I don't think Kaiser would cover the cost.