ADHEAR is MED-EL’s revolutionary new bone conduction system. What’s different about it? There is no implant involved and instead, it simply sticks onto your skin behind the ear. ADHEAR—Stick. Click. Hear.
I am newly SSD, and hope to be implanted with a MED-EL synchrony 2 / Sonnet 2 processor August 24 (if the insurance company doesn't ruin my plans). I am also an avid rock climber. After my mandatory 2 weeks of not lifting more than 10 lbs, I plan to get back on the wall.
Is anyone here a climber or similarly active? I plan to bring my helmet to preop so my surgeon can properly mark my head. I also got an earmold made at my audiologist's office a week ago. Any other tips on the following concerns:
- discomfort with the helmet and coil
- processor falling off while upside down/ active
- any issues using the implant while in a crowded, echo-y gym with tall ceilings?
- any issues using the implant while outside in a lot of wind?
I also love to play the piano. How was it to play after getting a CI? I assume it will be a gradual process of getting used to the sounds of the keys.
Finally, I'm on 24 hour call shifts a few times a month. Do you guys have any battery advice?
Hello, everyone! My story is similar to many who are SSD. I awoke one morning and couldn't hear anything out of my left ear. I was found to be profoundly deaf with 0% word recognition on the left side. Over the next few weeks, I received oral and intratympanic steroids with no improvement. I received CROS hearing aids which do help a bit but I still have only 9.8% word recognition on the left side. I was found to be an excellent CI candidate and have a surgery date of August 24. I chose to receive a MED-EL Sonnet 2.
However, my insurance has deemed my CI not medically necessary because I have normal right sided hearing. This preposterous argument will hopefully be effectively refuted in the peer-to-peer conversation set to happen soon between my ENT and the silly physician who works for my insurance company who will be appointed to argue the ridiculous assertion that we don't need two ears. Imagine telling a patient that they can't have surgery on their left eye because their right eye works fine. Or that they don't need a prosthetic leg because their other leg is intact. I am probably preaching to the choir here, but there is copious evidence that points to the importance of binaural hearing for sound quality, sound localization, and word recognition, as well as background noise filtration. All of these things will hopefully improve once I get my CI.
I have faith that my Heavenly Father will help me through this trial, and that modern science will restore most of my left sided hearing function. Great to meet all of you!