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post Thu Jul 1, 2004, 07:55 AM
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Dear Friends

I lose hearing at 20 never had used sign language or used a hearing
aid, I am contemplating a CI I will like to hear from post lingual
friend who had this operation, about the operation outcome,
and whether is beneficial or not and to what extend.
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post Thu Jul 1, 2004, 10:17 AM
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Welcome to DOL, Antonio!

I just had my surgery last week. I was implanted with the Advanced Bionics HiRes 90K receiver. My activation date will be August 6. I'd be more than happy to share my experiences with you.

Just for the record: I've been diagnosed as having Profound Bilateral Sensorineural hearing loss for 37 years. Up until last week, I wore a hearing aid on my left ear. In the last 10 years, my hearing has slipped to over 100 dB loss on both ears, therefore making me a good candidate for a CI.

Here's some sites for you to check out and request information:

www.bionicear.com
www.cochlearamericas.com

If you request an information packet, you'll also receive either a videotape or DVD with a story of an implantee. They're close and open captioned, of course!

Hope this helps!
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I think their videos are nice, but sometimes not realistic for people who are prelingual or perilingual since they place people who hear everything.

Anyway, I'd recommend you watch it, but I also recommend you talk to people with a similar hearing loss history to yours, Antonio. You should talk to as many as you can.

I recommend that you go to yahoogroups.com and type CI postlingual and you'll find something like that to join and talk to people like you. You can also ask the company to pair you up with people with your hearing loss and also the CI center can provide you with that. I also recommend you talk to those that are not so happy. I think it's best to talk to both, just so you know the whole story and have a clear expectation. You can go to Google and just type cochlear implant and there is a bunch of links that'll take time for you to do all the research.

There's also another implant available which is called med-el. Here's the website:Med-El. It is from Austria, but have been in the USA for a couple of years, only in 2002 was approved by the FDA. They are all the same in results, you cannot make mistakes with either one. Just choose by your guts preference.

Hope these help. I am a perilingual, so I wouldn't be of help for a postlingual adult.

Good Luck!



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this is a good ci group for all type at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ci
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