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bheema
post Fri Dec 20, 2002, 07:30 PM
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thanks for the warm welcome extended to me today by the regulars at this site.. Fridays being kinda slow and it being holiday time..(the boss wasnt around too much (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) ) i was able to browse through a lot of the posts in this site.. and i am begining to recognize a lot of the common names and maybe even the personalities behind them.. this does seem like a really friendly place ( there were so many smileys in the welcome messages i got (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) ) so kudos to all of you..

a couple of questions that i would appreciate if someone could answer..

1. Does the duration of loss of hearing have a bearing on the effectivess of CI?

2. what if a CI is done on one ear, but not on the other.. and the ear on which the implant is not done still has around 70 % hearing. Of course after CI, there is the all the effort that has to be put in to perceive the sound properly.. but would there be a difference in perception between the 2 ears.. ??

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Bheema, I have CII, My surgery was on July 6 2001, and hooked up Aug 27, 2001 I love my CII, I have been working too hard, I could Answer some questions more or less. Because Im doing lots of Overtime, and my schedules are begin change on Jan 5th I ll be working Overnight No longer during days/Evening Yyaya so I can spend more time with my kids (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Anyway, as for Having CII on Each person gets various, You can Check out by many websites included their brands such as Clarion, nucluces, MedLif I use BoinicAdvanced. However, There's some risk, some gets so lucky.

TazManic just got out of Surgery, Have you read his post ?
Some people say it's nothing, some say Sore, Some say weird (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
All I had was Verigo dizzy while I recovery for 2 days thats it.

as for having ONE or TWO ear implants Depend on What Doctors says, nowdays They are doing two implants in researches, I was one of the 5 people to have two but I decide not to get 2nd one because I was going thru a Heavy Deep Withdrawal from Not smoking ( Having a Major Panic Attack is Scary ! (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) ) so I though a lot things about my life, What if, What will happen etc. so I decide to have One, Most doctor believe One is better than 2. Some start to believe 2 is better, I m not sure how Sherry's doctor feels with 1 or 2 ? Sherry Please tell us ?

Hmm, Other people will join in.


Website to visit

http://www.bionicears.com/

http://www.cochlear.com/

http://www.cochlearimplants.com/

Im sure you have tons of questions we may able to answer, and you also can check out at www.google.com to check out many site, and ask us anytime (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

This is the best as I can to help (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)

Off to work

Wendy (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post Fri Dec 20, 2002, 07:55 PM
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I feel I m using both ears, I have done sometime with HA (hearing aid) in my unimplant ear, and CI on my implanted ear it was ok. till My old dog Chewed my HA up ! Grrrrrrr Oh well.

some may think which ear is worst on not hearing is better for implanted. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Good Luck ( I know I didn't answer much but like I said Im getting ready for work and IM tired LOL )

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wendy you must be working too hard.. eh..

it is Advanced Bionic not Bionicadvanced lol.. and I hope you were not watching too much Met-Life commerical (with snoopy) It is actually Med-EL not Med-Lif hehe..

anywayy

http://www.bionicears.com/ = Advanced Bionic's Clarion CII HiFocus

http://www.cochlear.com/ = Cochlear Nucleus 3G System (Nucleus 24)

http://www.cochlearimplants.com/ = Med-EL Combi+ System

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post Sat Dec 21, 2002, 07:28 AM
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HI!

Ok, here's my two cents and personal experience.

The longer a person has been deaf and without a CI, the longer the adjustment to the CI. I am not sure...but I think on this forum, I may have the biggest gap between onset of deafness and date of implantation! (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/eek.gif) However, I wore HA's all my life so that helped me quite a bit as I already had some auditory memory of some kind. Your cousin's loss is much less of a duration than many CI'ers and he or she should have a much shorter adjustment time. BUT there will be an adjustment, no question. No one can expect to get a CI and not go thru an adjustment. It takes several weeks for some, and months for others. Me, I think I was used to it by 4 months and now at 8 months I absolutely LOVE it. It did not happen in one day. It was a process...sometimes it was two steps forward and one back. That kind of thing!

Now, as for your second question: The brain adapts. LOL! It is odd...but it figures it all out. The brain is smarter than we are. (that is what the Dr. said to me, ha!) In my case, I could not wear my HA in my other ear at all for some time because the sounds were totally incompatible. It was like listening to two different languages at the same time I guess. Nothing made sense and it drove me nuts. I had to go further in my mappings. At about 4 months post-activated, I tried on my HA again and it felt somewhat compatible, so I kept it on...oddly enough I could not tell it was even "on" unless I yanked on it! (the sounds were just too muted in contrast to the CI) Now....8 months later, what I am finding is I am starting to pick up more with my HA than I did at 4 months. It took me awhile to "hear" with my HA even tho I used it before and thought it was fine! The CI just outperforms a HA. It is a more mellow sound...and it adds nicely to my CI. I think your cousin will find that whatever he does with the other ear will be the right thing...he will just know by trial and error. If he has a HA, he may want to wear it...but not at first. I'd rely on the CI for awhile, to force the brain to get used to it. (Besides it usually doesn't sound right together!)

Does your cousin wear a HA at all?

I eventually plan to go bilateral with CI's...but I have a battle to do with my insurance company and too much to deal with in my family right now but eventually the time will come. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

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wendy you must be working too hard..  eh..  

it is  Advanced Bionic  not  Bionicadvanced  lol..   and  I hope you were not watching too much Met-Life commerical (with snoopy)   It is actually  Med-EL not Med-Lif  hehe..  

anywayy

http://www.bionicears.com/ =  Advanced Bionic's Clarion CII HiFocus

http://www.cochlear.com/ = Cochlear Nucleus 3G System (Nucleus 24)

http://www.cochlearimplants.com/ =  Med-EL Combi+ System

(IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
End up going bathroom every 30 min to 1 hour 30 min (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)

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Bheema:

Welcome to DOL! I had the exact same question when I first started in here. It's up to the doctor's recommendation, and I've done research with the various companies and I get the impression that only 1 implant is "recommended", but dual implants have been done successfully.

In the end, it's really what YOU want, cuz it's YOUR body...(IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

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Bheema:

Welcome to DOL! I had the exact same question when I first started in here.  It's up to the doctor's recommendation, and  I've done research with the various companies and I get the impression that only 1 implant is "recommended", but dual implants have been done successfully.

In the end, it's really what YOU want, cuz it's YOUR body...(IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)  

Mark (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)


Mark,

We are considering a second implant (bilateral) for our daughter. Our doctor has not a firm opinion on it yet but in February we have an appointment with him and will make a final decision. If it is positive, she will get implanted (for the second time) in June-July.

The basic reason is that a second implant gives you "stereophonic" hearing. To translate it in visual terms, cover one of your eyes with your hand and try to grab anything. It will be hard. Then uncover your eye and do it again. You will see the difference.

As regards hearing the situation is the same. If you hear with two ears you increase your perception and are able to locate the source of the sound better. It is just a matter of triangling.

And bheema,

Yes, the longer the auditory nerve does not work, the sooner it will become useless. Therefore, it must be kept stimmulated. That is the reason for us considering the second implant. If we do not make a decission soon, her nerve could become dead ...

Cheers.

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QUOTE
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HI!

Ok, here's my two cents and personal experience.  

The longer a person has been deaf and without a CI, the longer the adjustment to the CI. I am not sure...but I think on this forum, I may have the biggest gap between onset of deafness and date of implantation! (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/eek.gif)  However, I wore HA's all my life so that helped me quite a bit as I already had some auditory memory of some kind. Your cousin's loss is much less of a duration than many CI'ers and he or she should have a much shorter adjustment time. BUT there will be an adjustment, no question. No one can expect to get a CI and not go thru an adjustment. It takes several weeks for some, and months for others. Me, I think I was used to it by 4 months and now at 8 months I absolutely LOVE it. It did not happen in one day. It was a process...sometimes it was two steps forward and one back. That kind of thing!

Now, as for your second question:  The brain adapts. LOL!  It is odd...but it figures it all out. The brain is smarter than we are. (that is what the Dr. said to me, ha!)  In my case, I could not wear my HA in my other ear at all for some time because the sounds were totally incompatible. It was like listening to two different languages at the same time I guess. Nothing made sense and it drove me nuts. I had to go further in my mappings. At about 4 months post-activated, I tried on my HA again and it felt somewhat compatible, so I kept it on...oddly enough I could not tell it was even "on" unless I yanked on it!  (the sounds were just too muted in contrast to the CI)  Now....8 months later, what I am finding is I am starting to pick up more with my HA than I did at 4 months. It took me awhile to "hear" with my HA even tho I used it before and thought it was fine! The CI just outperforms a HA. It is a more mellow sound...and it adds nicely to my CI. I think your cousin will find that whatever he does with the other ear will be the right thing...he will just know by trial and error. If he has a HA, he may want to wear it...but not at first. I'd rely on the CI for awhile, to force the brain to get used to it. (Besides it usually doesn't sound right together!)  

Does your cousin wear a HA at all?

I eventually plan to go bilateral with CI's...but I have a battle to do with my insurance company and too much to deal with in my family right now but eventually the time will come. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)  

Sherry


I am sure you are aware of Jason Curry who haven't heard sound till the day of activiation. eh.. http://www.jasoncurry.com he never worn hearing aids though...
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WOW, that's a great site! I don't have time to read it tonight but I am going to read thru it when I get up to CO. Thanks, Boult!

I had a little difficulty picking out an ear...sorta. My audiograms were the same in both ears. But I am right-handed and I use my right ear to listen with the best...and that is the one I "donated" to the cause. The Doctor left the decision up to me. He said, "which ear do you want done?"

Like Fernando said, you do have to keep your auditory nerve stimulated...and I keep mine active by using the HA for now.

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Oh, sheesh...I hope I've been stimulating my right ear enough...I've been favoring the left ear for 20 years now. (IMG:http://www.deafonline2.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/eek.gif)
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