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Cochlear Implants

Posted by @mwbucket, Jun 22, 2016

Considering a cochlear implant. Any info on type to get and/or any needed info to consider???

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Hi @mwbucket, welcome to Connect! Here is some information I was able to find on cochlear implants: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cochlear-implants/basics/definition/prc-20021470

I would also recommend looking into the “Expert Answers” tab of the link I included above for some information on common questions you may also have.

Have you had a consultation or spoken to your doctor yet about your consideration of a cochlear implant?

I had a cochlear implant 5 years ago and it was so successful I had the second ear done 3 years later. My hearing tests revealed an improvement from 9% to 96% in the right ear and 14% to 70% in the left ear.

Hi Michael, welcome to Connect.
Thank you for sharing your story about Cochlear implants. I moved your message to a discussion that @mwbucket started a while back asking if anyone could share their experience about this procedure. MWBucket, did you since get the implants done?

I’m also tagging @graveltruck @rosesareredmylove2016 and @faycarole who have talked about cochlear implants in discussions on Connect. Fay, how was your husband’s experience?

Michael, can you tell us a bit more about the procedure itself? What was the surgery like? How about the rehabilitation?

@colleenyoung

Hi Michael, welcome to Connect.
Thank you for sharing your story about Cochlear implants. I moved your message to a discussion that @mwbucket started a while back asking if anyone could share their experience about this procedure. MWBucket, did you since get the implants done?

I’m also tagging @graveltruck @rosesareredmylove2016 and @faycarole who have talked about cochlear implants in discussions on Connect. Fay, how was your husband’s experience?

Michael, can you tell us a bit more about the procedure itself? What was the surgery like? How about the rehabilitation?

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If all goes well, surgery is 1.5-2.5 hr. procedure A small incision behind the ear where a receiver is implanted and electrodes are threaded through to the cochlea. Release from the hospital the following day. Minor discomfort for 2-3 days. Back to normal in 8-10 days. Had cochlear unit fitted in 4-6 weeks. Absolutely amazing the second it was turned on. Remember hearing my wife’s voice for first time in a long while. Because your brain needs to retrain itself to using the new cochlear unit my hearing continued to improve with each new hearing test over 1.5 year span. A game changing decision on my part and an excellent procedure performed by Dr. Driscoll and his staff at Mayo Clinic. Follow up testing and consultation by Amy Olund was second to none.

I am completely deaf in one ear from a virus that attacked my left ear, as well as caused vertigo. Has anyone had a cochlear implant? How much did it improve the background noise?

@arlys

I am completely deaf in one ear from a virus that attacked my left ear, as well as caused vertigo. Has anyone had a cochlear implant? How much did it improve the background noise?

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Hi @arlys. 4 years ago I lost my hearing to a rare condition that also causes vertigo. I did not think anything would help my hearing loss. The doctors at Mayo thought otherwise. I went from 0% in my left ear to 75%, and from about 20% in my right ear to 97%. The advances in technology keep improving sound quality all the time. The brand I have does a very good job of cutting out background noise, in my opinion.

Hello and Welcome to Mayo Clinic connect, @dstell! Thank you for your post. Comments like this are such a great help to the previous and future member.

So you have a Cochlear Implant for both ears? Did your vertigo improve after the Implant? I’m so happy to hear that your hearing is improved with your Cochlear Implant.

@jamienolson

Hello and Welcome to Mayo Clinic connect, @dstell! Thank you for your post. Comments like this are such a great help to the previous and future member.

So you have a Cochlear Implant for both ears? Did your vertigo improve after the Implant? I’m so happy to hear that your hearing is improved with your Cochlear Implant.

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I do have CI’s in both ears. First one in 2013, almost exactly 4 years ago, and the second one in April of 2015. As for my vertigo, my left ear was determined to be completely dead, no hearing, no balance, prior to implant, and I was undergoing treatment for my vertigo when implanted with my second one. I asked my ENT if the CI would affect my vertigo in any way and he said no. 2 different organs, 2 different functions. With that said, my vertigo has been virtually non-existent for 3 years now. I don’t miss it.

Dennis

Dennis, do you mine me asking who did your Cochlear Implant?

@jamienolson

Dennis, do you mine me asking who did your Cochlear Implant?

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My surgery team at Mayo was headed by Dr. Colin Driscoll, assisted by Dr. White.

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lucky you! Dr. Driscoll and Dr. White are fabulous! Along with the rest of the team- Dr. Neff, Dr. Beatty and Dr. Carlson, of course. We are pretty lucky to have such experience in the ENT department!

For those that are thinking about a Cochlear Implant- there is quite an extensive program that is run from the Mayo Clinic Rochester location.

Hello, i have severe hearing loss and tinnitus in both ears. I am currently looking to do a cochlear implant in one ear at a time. I have not been able to find anyone talking about the success rate for this as my issue, nor long term abbility . How long can this work for me? what can i expect. everyone tells me that each persons experience is different so it is hard to predict the outcome?? can anyone help me with these answers??
thank you !
God Bless
Johnnyb7

Hi Johnnyb7!

I personally know people that have had cochlear implants for over 25 years. The internal device is designed to last a lifetime. When I got mine, I was told that I likely would never need to be re-implanted.

Every person is different, but by doing the rehab, most people reach a very good level of hearing. Like everything else, you get out of it the effort you put into it.

I have tinnitus as well and I would not expect the implant to solve that problem, but it does help to mask it.

Dennis

Dennis,

Thank you! That was very helpful and encouraging! I am hoping the implant will help cover some or most of the noises caused by tinnitus. How does music sound to you with your cochlear implant ?

Best Regards,

Music is still a work in progress after 4 years. Some sounds very good, others, not very good. Familiar music and instrumental music sounds best to me.
Dennis

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