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 have a cochlear implant after losing my hearing suddenly on one side, in my late 30s. Had my surgery 18 months ago.
I can't speak to your specific device choices but I can certainly speak to becoming stereo - it's 500% better! It's not just hearing the other side sounds but also orientation to sound, as you mentioned, and a deep richness to sound that doesn't happen with one side. Also I can hear whispering now and other soft nuances that lost me before. And I can process sounds in busy environments much better too. I could never go back to single sided hearing.
@Mary Beth Thank you for your reply. The internals on my deaf side work ok - apparently the cochlear bits are all good. It's just a lack of getting sound to the internals.
When wearing a bone conducting headset like runners / bikers use with a hearing aid type app, the sound defiintely feels like it is coming in to the left side rather than going across the skull.
When i spoke with an audiologist who specialises in implants, they were steering me towards bone conducting, and i'm ok with that, but just trying to weigh up options. I didn't like the idea of the stub for the baha, and the magnetic cochlear ones didn't look appealing in terms of good transmission. I'm mostly tossing up between bonebridge, and waiting for osia2 to get approved in australia.
I'm also wondering how people do music with their sound processors if they have single sided deafness only. I understand taht you can stream into your sound processor, but with headphones do they interfere with where the sound processor attaches to the head?