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After about 25 years of HAs and another loss of residual hearing that made continuing with HAs pointless.
My hearing loss was identified by an elementary school nurse when I was about 6. I'd had a lot of developmental delays and was a sickly kid that had always just copied what the other kids were doing so there's no way to know when exactly the hearing loss happened. It was sudden though, not born with it.
I didn't exactly take it well (depression involved) and didn't want to do anything about it. Including a 10 year period where HAs were worn only minimally. After that I got dialed into HAs and did better. 15 years and 4 HA pairs later, things didn't sound too clear anymore and went to the audi in March for testing/evaluation to see about qualifying for CIs and if it was right for me. I did and they were. Funny enough I went to that first appointment practically waving Cochlear America's flag; audi told me to "pump the brakes" (direct quote) and really consider everything, to include all three companies approved for the US. AB was rejected immediately so it was between Cochlear and Med-El.
In no way did my audi influence me, but simply asked that I look into Med-El the same as I'd done with Cochlear before next week's appointment. I did a deep dive into Med-El and liked what I was finding so got a 1:1 with a rep. In the span of a few days and I was all-in for Med-El. At the second appointment I finished the audi required testing, made the packet selection, and had my referral sent to the ENT surgeon. Oh yeah, and signed up for HearPeers 😀 (just didn't utilize until about a week before surgery).
June 17 was the surgery date and June 25 is activation day. Both a long (25 years) and short (March 19-June 25) road to my CI journey. Or at least the start of it.
For me as suddenly deaf from illness, I was in a different position than a gradual loss.
They told me I could either stay deaf or go for the CI - nothing else was recommended for my particular ear. So I was all in immediately!
Got them to out me on the waiting list, read everything I could in the meantime including this forum, and waited impatiently until it was my turn.
12 months later I was all done and never regretted it for a second, even those first few tough days. I was hearing something which was clearly going to be better than the nothing I had for that 1 miserable year.
I LOVE how your clinical audiologist is involved so deeply in research! That is terrific!
And it made me laugh that they had you do an odd/even number task just to keep you concentrating as they watched your brain activity! So cool!