Cochlear Implants: How well do they work at an older age?

Posted by Julie Chitwood @billchitwood, Sep 7, 2021

Looks like I might be a candidate for a cochlear implant. I'm 81 and wondering how well people have done with the implant at an older age. Is it easier to adjust to hearing as having had good hearing for most of my life? Any suggestions/information appreciated.

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In the same boat. Interested in responses.

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I am 83 years old. I had my Cochear Implant on 3/8/2022 and turned on 3/30/2022. I feel that I am doing fantastic. I hear sounds I had forgotten about. I dropped a bunch of silverware from the dishwasher into the drawer and was amazed at how loud it was! I do my excercises each morning. I still have problems in a large group of people with background noise but over all I am a very happy camper!

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@arieswoman

I am 83 years old. I had my Cochear Implant on 3/8/2022 and turned on 3/30/2022. I feel that I am doing fantastic. I hear sounds I had forgotten about. I dropped a bunch of silverware from the dishwasher into the drawer and was amazed at how loud it was! I do my excercises each morning. I still have problems in a large group of people with background noise but over all I am a very happy camper!

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Keep going out to noisy places! It does get better. Kids and I have a favorite Mexican restaurant that is very noisy and they also play music. The first few times after activation I couldn't hear a word for the most part. Then suddenly I noticed I was picking up words and actually realizing there was music playing (before it all blended into one very noisy background). My first inclination was to pick quieter places – kids didn't let me get away with that. Seems like the more you challenge your brain the better it does! I tend to like quiet but now try to have noise of some sort going most of the time. Which isn't hard with my husband around as he turns the TV on as soon as he is up. I do a lot of listening to music on my computer as well.

I'm 81 and I am so thrilled that I can hear again! You are really doing great and each day will get better!

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@billchitwood

Keep going out to noisy places! It does get better. Kids and I have a favorite Mexican restaurant that is very noisy and they also play music. The first few times after activation I couldn't hear a word for the most part. Then suddenly I noticed I was picking up words and actually realizing there was music playing (before it all blended into one very noisy background). My first inclination was to pick quieter places – kids didn't let me get away with that. Seems like the more you challenge your brain the better it does! I tend to like quiet but now try to have noise of some sort going most of the time. Which isn't hard with my husband around as he turns the TV on as soon as he is up. I do a lot of listening to music on my computer as well.

I'm 81 and I am so thrilled that I can hear again! You are really doing great and each day will get better!

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I just want the constant chirping to go away!

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@arieswoman

I just want the constant chirping to go away!

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I found that it does go away. Every so often now I'll hear weird sounds but almost unnoticeable. I was activated on 1 December 2021. Can't remember when it started stopping but I don't think it took that long – maybe a month or two?

Right now I'm hearing weird sounds but it is me breathing after sweeping the driveway covered in Palo Verde blooms (I almost half way filled one of the big city trash cans!)

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@arieswoman

I am 83 years old. I had my Cochear Implant on 3/8/2022 and turned on 3/30/2022. I feel that I am doing fantastic. I hear sounds I had forgotten about. I dropped a bunch of silverware from the dishwasher into the drawer and was amazed at how loud it was! I do my excercises each morning. I still have problems in a large group of people with background noise but over all I am a very happy camper!

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You are on a wonderful journey to better hearing! Congratulations! My first 'new' sound was a crow flying overhead. It scared the dickens out of me! Now I hear all kinds of birds and can ID them by the different sounds. What a blessing!

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@arieswoman

I just want the constant chirping to go away!

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I had a sound like a constant wind or low drum but it eventually went away. I am so glad I have my implant!! Hand in there and practice, practice, practice. Also let your audiologist know about the chirping they might be able to do something about it. Best of luck!

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My first was hearing sirens coming at me! Hadn't heard them for years.

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They work well at an older age too.
There are now peopel over 100 whi recently got CIs.
Read up teh story of Irvin Poff from CA who got a CI at 102years.
At what age did you start having hearing loss?
Thanks.

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@dasus

They work well at an older age too.
There are now peopel over 100 whi recently got CIs.
Read up teh story of Irvin Poff from CA who got a CI at 102years.
At what age did you start having hearing loss?
Thanks.

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I think about age 70 or slightly before, that I started noticing I was having problems hearing people and the TV.

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@billchitwood

I think about age 70 or slightly before, that I started noticing I was having problems hearing people and the TV.

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Thank you

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