What's your review of Cochlear Osia 2 System?

Posted by edemmenegger @edemmenegger, Jun 12 5:24pm

I am getting the implants in a week or so. Would like to hear from people who are using these bone conduction devices.

Congratulations, @edemmenegger on your upcoming Cochlear implant. Several members like @julieo4 @lizzy102 @tonyinmi @edschickel @alice44 who have had a Cochlear implant. I'm not sure if they had the Cochlear Osia 2 System, but they can share what they know and how they chose.

While we wait for others to join the discussion, you may be interested in reading this discussion as Lizzy journaled her CI experience:
– My Cochlear Implant – a journal https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-cochlear-implant-a-journal/

Edemmenegger, what questions do you have as you prepare for your implant?

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Thank you for welcoming me to this community, Colleen. I appreciated the discussion between Lizzy, Tony, Joyces and others. Also got a second chance to look at the FDA benefits and risks. I am 73, have been using bilateral hearing aids (Oticon and Phonak), from about 2005 until now. Increasing chronic infection and discharge in both ears, and resistance to oral antibiotics, has led me to being no longer able to wear hearing aids. I am still using a hearing aid in my left ear, but I need to wipe out the external ear canal every 15-30 minutes to keep it from "flooding out." ;-{> Bone conduction implants are now the best way for me to have hearing assist, and Cochlear's Osia 2 was suggested by my doctor in Madison, WI.

But the information on the internet, including what you pointed me to, pre-dates some of the advances available in this newer Cochlear Osia system. My main question is – who can I talk with who has had this system implanted? Because there is no external abutment, and the external processor is held magnetically to the subcutaneous electronics, I wonder how having it affects sleep, showering, use of an Android phone rather than the directly associated I-phone, wearing head coverings, etc.

I have not seen posts on any blog or forum from 2020 or 2021, which are the first years Osia 2 is being used, and would love to hear from someone currently getting used to them.

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@colleenyoung

Congratulations, @edemmenegger on your upcoming Cochlear implant. Several members like @julieo4 @lizzy102 @tonyinmi @edschickel @alice44 who have had a Cochlear implant. I'm not sure if they had the Cochlear Osia 2 System, but they can share what they know and how they chose.

While we wait for others to join the discussion, you may be interested in reading this discussion as Lizzy journaled her CI experience:
– My Cochlear Implant – a journal https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-cochlear-implant-a-journal/

Edemmenegger, what questions do you have as you prepare for your implant?

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@colleenyoung I do not have a CI. I'm not a candidate yet since I do well enough with my bilateral hearing aids. It is nice to know that there is an option for me when hearing aids are no longer effective.
Tony in Michigan

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@tonyinmi

@colleenyoung I do not have a CI. I'm not a candidate yet since I do well enough with my bilateral hearing aids. It is nice to know that there is an option for me when hearing aids are no longer effective.
Tony in Michigan

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My apologies, Tony. I misremembered.

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I to would like to hear responses from people who have had the bone anchor implants. Especially from someone that has had SSD

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@edemmenegger

Thank you for welcoming me to this community, Colleen. I appreciated the discussion between Lizzy, Tony, Joyces and others. Also got a second chance to look at the FDA benefits and risks. I am 73, have been using bilateral hearing aids (Oticon and Phonak), from about 2005 until now. Increasing chronic infection and discharge in both ears, and resistance to oral antibiotics, has led me to being no longer able to wear hearing aids. I am still using a hearing aid in my left ear, but I need to wipe out the external ear canal every 15-30 minutes to keep it from "flooding out." ;-{> Bone conduction implants are now the best way for me to have hearing assist, and Cochlear's Osia 2 was suggested by my doctor in Madison, WI.

But the information on the internet, including what you pointed me to, pre-dates some of the advances available in this newer Cochlear Osia system. My main question is – who can I talk with who has had this system implanted? Because there is no external abutment, and the external processor is held magnetically to the subcutaneous electronics, I wonder how having it affects sleep, showering, use of an Android phone rather than the directly associated I-phone, wearing head coverings, etc.

I have not seen posts on any blog or forum from 2020 or 2021, which are the first years Osia 2 is being used, and would love to hear from someone currently getting used to them.

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Peer support is so valuable.

I hope you can find someone who has had the Osia 2. I was implanted with the Cochlear Freedom in 2005, and have done very well bimodally with a hearing aid on one side and the CI on the other. I've been able to upgrade the processors and currently use the N6, hoping to hold off upgrading until the next generation is available. Cochlear has been wonderful. My only regret is not doing it sooner. I was 65 when I had the surgery.

You said that your doctor is in Madison WI. Do you live in Wisconsin? Are you aware of the HLAA Chapter in the Madison area? There are several people in that chapter who have cochlear implants. I don't know about the Osia 2 as that relatively new, but they may know people in the area with that device. Fox Valley (Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, etc.) also has a chapter that has many CI users.

I'm involved with the HLAA Chapter in Appleton WI. We have a cochlear implant group that meets via Zoom every other month. People from all over the state, and a few other places, attend those meetings. The help and support we get from one another is amazing. It's a forum to learn, to share, and to problem solve.

The cochlear implant I use has been life changing. I'm so glad I did it. The implant is internal. It does not bother me when sleeping. Of course I don't wear the processor then.

If you want to send me a personal message, I can put you in touch with some of the HLAA folks in Wisconsin if you are interested. Otherwise, I suggest you check out the HLAA website: http://www.hearingloss.org The HLAAWI website is at: http://www.hlaawi.org We'd love to meet you!

Julie Olson

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@julieo4

Peer support is so valuable.

I hope you can find someone who has had the Osia 2. I was implanted with the Cochlear Freedom in 2005, and have done very well bimodally with a hearing aid on one side and the CI on the other. I've been able to upgrade the processors and currently use the N6, hoping to hold off upgrading until the next generation is available. Cochlear has been wonderful. My only regret is not doing it sooner. I was 65 when I had the surgery.

You said that your doctor is in Madison WI. Do you live in Wisconsin? Are you aware of the HLAA Chapter in the Madison area? There are several people in that chapter who have cochlear implants. I don't know about the Osia 2 as that relatively new, but they may know people in the area with that device. Fox Valley (Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, etc.) also has a chapter that has many CI users.

I'm involved with the HLAA Chapter in Appleton WI. We have a cochlear implant group that meets via Zoom every other month. People from all over the state, and a few other places, attend those meetings. The help and support we get from one another is amazing. It's a forum to learn, to share, and to problem solve.

The cochlear implant I use has been life changing. I'm so glad I did it. The implant is internal. It does not bother me when sleeping. Of course I don't wear the processor then.

If you want to send me a personal message, I can put you in touch with some of the HLAA folks in Wisconsin if you are interested. Otherwise, I suggest you check out the HLAA website: http://www.hearingloss.org The HLAAWI website is at: http://www.hlaawi.org We'd love to meet you!

Julie Olson

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I just looked at the HLAA sites and subscribed, thanks, Julie. Yes, I would like to be in touch with local members and will send you a message later.

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So glad you subscribed. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Hello all! I am new to this group. I seen a lot of questions being posed about the OSIA 2 device.
I have had this device inserted for my right ear for my hearing loss and I LOVE IT since feb 2021.
I have had bad hearing loss since I was 9 years old and been through the MANY MANY hearing aids. If you have questions please reach out.

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Did you have poor hearing in just the ear that you added cochlear ? How is the hearing in your non cochlear ear?

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@nat2021

Hello all! I am new to this group. I seen a lot of questions being posed about the OSIA 2 device.
I have had this device inserted for my right ear for my hearing loss and I LOVE IT since feb 2021.
I have had bad hearing loss since I was 9 years old and been through the MANY MANY hearing aids. If you have questions please reach out.

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Did you loose complete hearing in one ear? Does your other have good hearing? What are the ways your implant helped?

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My hearing in my right ear is nearly nothing. My other ear is not as bad but will be.The implant helped in ways that the hearing aids did not. No more whistling, hurting ect. This implant is magnetic and works in the bone conduction of the bad ear. Please read or you tube it (Osia 2.) It is fairly new and only 7 surgeons are qualified to perform this particular surgery. I was just lucky to found him in San Antonio Texas. This device is a dream come true.

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