Odds of a cochlear implant not helping?

Posted by adela @adela, Tue, Apr 30 1:51pm

I am having my first appointment for a CI evaluation. Do surgeons have statistics on the chances of a CI really helping? I know people who seem to hear very well with a CI and others who do not hear well at all.

Good luck with your CI evaluation Adela. A key word in this is 'evaluation'. CI candidacy is determined by evaluating many things about your hearing loss, the structure of your inner ear, your ability and willingness to do the necessary rehabilitation following the CI surgery, etc. I am not a hearing healthcare professional, but through my involvement in HLAA since 1983, I've watched the evolution of CI success. I knew people who were among the first to receive them when they were experimental and single channeled. I've seen the remarkable advances in technology, and watched the remarkable positive changes in the people who received CIs. Yes, I'm aware of a few failures. Failure happens with just about anything, but it's unusual. I watched and waited until 2005 before I had CI surgery. It changed my life for the better. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Like you, I was afraid it wouldn't work; although I knew it worked for most people who had the surgery. But, my hearing had reached the point where hearing aids were helping very little. If you are there, what do you have to loose? My CI was done on the side where I had the poorest hearing, which wasn't very different from the other side, but I could identify specific sounds better on the 'good' side. While I don't know the statistics for success/failure with CIs, I believe the odds are with you to have a substantial improvement in hearing if you have the surgery done. I also encourage you, and others who have CIs to use the accessories that make it possible to do even better. I absolutely LOVE the Mini Mic device that works with my CI & HA. The CI telecoil works well with my iPhone, so I don't need the Phone Clip. That Mini MIc makes it possible for me to do better than I ever dreamed of doing in noisy social settings. Do I hear everything with it? No, but it sure helps. I hope things go well with your evaluation. Good Luck!

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Thank you. That is helpful. I am not sure which manufacturer includes the Mini Mic, but I would love to hear better in noisy situations. May I ask about the T coil. Do you use it in a room with a Hearing Loop? Anyway, thank you for answering.

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Hi again Adela. I have the Cochlear N6 processor. I was implanted with the Freedom. I hope to upgrade to the N7 processor in the next year. I'm very happy with Cochlear. Their service is excellent. They have embraced the concept of add on technology with the Mini Mic, TV Streamer & Phone Clip. Other brands can also connect to specific technology. Yes, I use the T coil in looped areas all the time. I live in Wisconsin where we have a lot of hearing loop installations. They are game changers too. Again, good luck to you. Julie

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Hi again Adela. I have the Cochlear N6 processor. I was implanted with the Freedom. I hope to upgrade to the N7 processor in the next year. I'm very happy with Cochlear. Their service is excellent. They have embraced the concept of add on technology with the Mini Mic, TV Streamer & Phone Clip. Other brands can also connect to specific technology. Yes, I use the T coil in looped areas all the time. I live in Wisconsin where we have a lot of hearing loop installations. They are game changers too. Again, good luck to you. Julie

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Thank you. I will keep your response in my file so that after I meet with the doctor, I can ask a question. I
appreciate your generosity of time. Adelaide

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