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2 days ago · Cochlear Implants in Hearing Loss

In most cases the AuD can see your facial expressions and can tell if you are guessing. I always tried at my hearing tests, pre and post CI. That said, the hearing tests to evaluate you for CI candidacy are the only ones you likely will be glad you failed.

Sun, Feb 10 7:51am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@contentandwell, Meniere's doesn't always cause complete deafness. I know of some that do well with hearing aids. I also know of many with CI.

Sun, Feb 10 7:42am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@contentandwell, when I went deaf, I was convinced that I could not be helped. I was shocked when my Dr suggested cochlear implants.

Cochlear implants are suitable for people with sensory-nueral hearing loss. This is when the hairs inside the cochlea are damaged. A CI will not be the best option for conductive hearing loss, which is when sounds can't get to the cochlea. It also will not be the option if the hearing nerve going from the cochlea to your brain is damaged.

Sun, Feb 10 7:36am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@babarker, I don't notice the CI coils anymore and have had some great teaching moments when others have said something. Since I never wore aids, getting used to the processor on my ear was different.

As for the sound, it has become like I remember hearing. Many speak of it being their new normal. Brain plasticity is an amazing thing.

Thu, Feb 7 1:16pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@salledell , I lost my hearing to Meniere's and have bilateral cochlear implants. They have given me back my life. Ask me any questions.

Thu, Feb 7 6:33am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@colleenyoung, thanks for the invitation to join. My hearing loss began at age 27 when I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease. I went deaf in my left ear within 3 years of diagnosis. I went deaf in my right ear at age 48, also from Meniere's. At that point I was implanted with a cochlear implant in my left ear, and my right ear was implanted 1 1/2 years later.

With this being tinnitus awareness week, I would like to add that, although I am deaf, I have not experienced silence in 27 years.

Feel free to ask me anything about Meniere's or cochlear implants. I'm pretty much an open book on those subjects.

Dennis

Jul 29, 2018 · Cochlear Implants in Hearing Loss

@mtnyankee ,
The only way to know for sure is to be evaluated. If your hearing aid is not helping, there is a good possibility you would qualify. Don't let you being 70 deter you. I personally know people implanted much older than you are.

Dennis

Sep 12, 2017 · Cochlear Implants in Hearing Loss

Some can do that very well. I’ve never been gifted in that respect, so I am not a good resource for that.
Dennis