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Sat, Mar 23 6:22am · Cochlear Implants in Hearing Loss

Guessing on the CI qualification tests is not encouraged, at least not the way it is done in the US. These tests are to find out what you actually understand, not how well you have learned to cope with your hearing loss. If a sentence is "The river was high because of the rain" and you heard "river, high, rain" that is 38% of the words. If you add in "The, because, of, the", that is now 89%, even though you just guessed at what those words were and did not really understand them. The tone test is not part of the actual CI qualifications in the US but it is used as a baseline to see if it is worth testing for CI's. The CI testing is different then the HA testing.

Mon, Mar 18 5:56am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

HA's are considered a "quality of life" issue and not a medical necessity. No, I do not agree with that but that is the excuse we get. My real theory is that it would bankrupt the system, especially Medicare, if they covered HA's because so many people need them.

As for Cochlear Implants, GO FOR IT!! My CI's are the best thing I have ever done for myself. HA's just do not compare. The short of it is that HA"s just amplify sound where CI's use your ear structure to produce sound the way it is supposed to be made. CI's have given me my life back.

Also, CI's are covered under insurance 🙂

Fri, Mar 15 6:38am · Cochlear Implants in Hearing Loss

The requirement is less than 50% speech scores on the AZ Bio sentence tests, less than 40% if you have Medicare. If you do the testing, make sure you only repeat back the words you actually understand. Do not fill in the blanks as this is a hearing test not a "how well you cope with HA's" test.

Tue, Feb 26 6:25am · Loss of hearing clarity: Solutions or strategies anyone? in Hearing Loss

When my HA's no longer gave me the clarity I needed, I moved on to Cochlear Implants. Best thing I ever did for myself. I got all of that clarity back and then some. Talk to your audiologist about this option.

Wed, Feb 13 7:25am · Hearing loss: How do you identify yourself to others? in Hearing Loss

One time, back when I had HA"s and they were not giving me a lot of benefit, I was pulled over for going 40 in a 30. I had no idea what the speed limit was, it was a 4 lane road. The police officer said something that I did not understand at first and then followed up with "from the look on your face, I can tell you didn't know". He asked me if I knew what the speed limit was on the road. The look on my face was because I didn't understand what he was saying :). I got off with a warning.

Sat, Feb 9 6:27am · Hearing loss: How do you identify yourself to others? in Hearing Loss

I don't really "identify" myself to people very often. My hearing is 100% normal with my Cochlear Implants now so unless I tell someone, no one knows I have hearing loss. When I wore HA's, I was always telling people I was hard of hearing, made excuses for my poor hearing, etc. because I was only understanding a portion of the conversation. I grew up hearing and I associate myself with the hearing world. I've never really been a part of the "deaf world". I don't understand the fraction of the Deaf community that is so anti-speech/hearing, but it is what it is I guess.

Sat, Feb 9 6:21am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Yes, the CI is like a BTE HA, but bigger. It is bigger because there is a lot more computing power housed in those processors. I don't care if people see it and in many ways, it's easier if they do so they know you have hearing loss, but everyone is different with how they feel about showing off their CI's. The processor comes off and you shower and wash your hair like you normally do. At first the sounds are strange, robotic, but that gets better with time. Everything sounds like it did before I lost my hearing but at first, everyone sounded like Minnie Mouse. It was actually pretty funny to listen to.

Fri, Feb 8 5:00pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Your HA dispenser is wrong. You do have to medically qualify and in the US that means your speech scores in the standard sentence tests need to below 50% (40% if you are on Medicare). It isn't based so much on where your loss lies, although most people with hearing loss have high frequency loss. I had a ski slope loss with near normal hearing in the low frequencies and no hearing in the high. I was able to hear things like flutes, birds, the timer on my oven, etc. with my CI's that I could never hear with my HA's. Make an appointment with the CI team near you to get accurate information about cochlear implants. They are simply life changing!