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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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@julieo4

You will know more after the CI evaluation. The odds of a cochlear implant being successful are very high. The evaluation will include an MRI that gives the doctors information they would not know otherwise. The success of a CI depends a great deal on how willing the recipient is to do the rehabilitation required. It isn't just a switch that is turned from off to on. The human brain is amazing, but it has to be stimulated to adjust to a new way of hearing.

Many CI users also add assistive technology to their equipment. I use the Cochlear mini mic a lot in social settings. I don't need it in quiet one on one settings. I don't need it to watch TV. I know a few CI recipients who refuse to use this equipment because it shows and 'it's a bother to keep charged'. As far as I'm concerned it's worth the 'bother'., and who the heck cares if it shows? My CI has made it possible for me to enjoy dinners out, house parties, sports events, etc. LIke you, I worried about whether or not it would work when I decided to go for it. I realized though, that I had little to lose if it didn't work. I had much to gain if it did. No regrets at all. Good luck to you.

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@julieo4

Hi Julie,

The Audi I saw for the bone condution evaluation told me they don't need to do MRIs anymore…just CT scans. I was always unde the imipression that an MRI was necessary. Things change so rapidly.
Advanced Bionics and Phonak are owned by the same healthcare company. So you get a free assisted deviced from AB, like the Roger Pen.

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