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Odds of a cochlear implant not helping?

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Oct 1 7:22pm | Replies (12)

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Hi Julie,

I couldn’t find the thread where I said I would report on the Osia2 evaluation. I had that today and I am not a candidate. I did research on the Baha but decided against it. The Audi went over extensively all the details about Cochlear Implants with models showing the inner and outer components. She favors Advanced Bionics because their technology is more advanced.

She told me about failures and successes . She is not with my regular ENT practice where I have my Audi for my aids. The surgeon with this hearing aid company (very big and well known in this area) is the same surgeon associated with my regular ENT practice.

I took home a ton of info on the 3 major companies . We talked about my age (80 and in good health ) vs someone younger who had had hearing loss for a shorter period of time. Having had hearing loss for almost 40 years she agreed that I would probably still have difficulty understanding in the worst listening situations and still require assisted devices. The CI would be in my poorer left ear which a CI may improve..somewhat. I do very well in my better right ear with an aid. The aid in my poor aid is mainly for awareness and balance…there is some sound.

Having had very honest discussions on possible outcomes with this very knowledgeable Audi and having read the risks involved for surgery (as with any surgery), I feel that the whole process with the commitment involved is not a good choice for me. The Osia2, if I qualified, was more of a positive possibility.

I am glad I finally did explore other possibilities, I waited so long because I have a metal clip in my eye from retina surgery in the 1980s and was afraid the magnets would dislodge the clip. The clip is probably titanium but there is no way to know if it is or if it is a ferrous material. So my eyesight concern prevails.

Maybe this long post will help others in a decision making process.

Thanks for listening…onward and upward as they say.

FL Mary

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Thank you for sharing your experience with us FL Mary. We are all unique, and the decisions we make should definitely be our own. Thank you for sharing the information about your Osia2 evaluation. Research continues and options keep improving. The issue with your retina surgery in the 1980s is obviously of concern. I hope that assistive listening devices will continue to help you with the hearing loss issues. Even with my successful cochlear implant, which was done in 2005, I appreciate being able to connect to those ALDs. They really help.

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