tough diagnosis

Posted by Bill Gebhardt @billgebhardt, Aug 20 11:59am

First step towards an implant is a little overwhelming. In the doctor's words, albeit heavily edited.

"So, you have, what is called recruitment.
Well just the most important thing to know about a cochlear implant is that it's not a quick fix. After surgery that ear is pretty much wiped out. So, you can't really hear for about eight weeks until you're activated with the implant.
… when the implant is turned on. you will not be able to understand speech for a couple of months. You will have the ability to understand environmental sounds, those will develop first with listening practice over 12 to 18 months you can develop speech, understanding. The reason this may be an option for you is that it goes through a different method of transmission. Right now, hearing aids are acoustic and implant is electrical stimulation to your nerve. If it's at the level of the inner ear, that's causing this recruitment. We're essentially not going through there. For stimulation to the nerve electrically. So it's possible we can get you access to what you're missing through a different mode of stimulation."

Anybody had a similar Dx?
Bill

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Who told you it would be 8 weeks between surgery and activation? In most cases it's 2-3 weeks. Do you understand some speech now with hearing aids? If so, you will probably understand speech in a relatively short time after activation. It may not sound normal to you, but it will become normal for you in time. That time is not necessarily 12 – 18 months. For me it was about a month, but I worked hard on the aural rehabilitation part of that. I'm also curious about what is meant by a 'different form of stimulation'? Hearing aids and cochlear implants are definitely two very different means of helping a hard of hearing person cope with hearing loss. It seems you've received a lot of negativity. I hope for better news than that.

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As I read the Dr.s comments, particularly the last three sentences , this is not a conventional Implant.

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@billgebhardt

As I read the Dr.s comments, particularly the last three sentences , this is not a conventional Implant.

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Since Julie's comment, I have done a little more digging into recruitment/implant and inclined to suspect my source may be an intern with little experience in Dx and treatment. More to follow. Bill

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Having done a little more research on this issue, I suspect the Dr. was painting a worst case scenario. Recruitment is a lot more common than I concluded. So, I am quite comfortable with an implant. Time to close this discussion. Bill

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Good luck to you Bill.

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