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Sherri

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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
    Yes
  • Implant Period
    Over 5 years
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
  • Hearing Loss Type
    Sensorineural
  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Sudden/Progressive Hearing Loss
    Progressive Hearing Loss
  • Uni/bilateral Implant
    Bilateral implant
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    United States

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  1. Thanks Mary Beth for the tag. I am not often on hearpeers, so nice to connect today. I believe the reason there is not an over abundance of EAS talk is due more to the fact the procedure and EAS processor has only been FDA approved since September 2016 I have been implanted with my first EAS/flex24 array since 2010, as I was a participant in the clinical trial. I am now bilateral. C T Lex if you have enough residual low frequency hearing to try the Sonnet EAS processor, I would encourage you to do so. Back in the day when I was implanted the surgery was a little different procedure, I think they called it soft insert, or round window procedure. It was just a little different array insert procedure than the traditional implant procedure. It all involved preserving residual. The traditional procedure did not take into account residual hearing or any attempt to preserve. Check with your surgeon on qualifying for EAS. Most surgeons today are working with procedures that try and preserve residual if you have enough to be beneficial in the low frequencies. Sonnet EAS processors can be programmed with Acoustic component activated or with it turned off if residual fails. I have 2 Sonnet EAS processors. One is Full electric now as I have lost residual after 9 years, and the other is programmed with acoustic and electric programming. I have no regrets and love my Sonnets.
  2. Hi Dorothy! congratulations on your surgery date. I would love to share my experience with you and answer any questions I can. I was actually part of the clinical trial for the EAS, which is Med-El’s name for their hybrid. My first implant was 7 years ago and now I am bilateral EAS. I have been given back a life I thought I would never be a part of again! I was terrified when I began this journey as I knew no one with my type of hearing loss, and I didn’t know about these wonderful groups. I have a very special friend that encouraged me to follow this path that had opened before me even though I was afraid. So I trusted this open door was right and I jumped in and “Did it Afraid”! Today I can tell you it was the best decision I have ever made. And today all my fear has been replaced with such gratitude and joy for the life, sounds, conversations and opportunities this amazing technology has given back to me. It is a journey but one well worth traveling. I would be happy to share more specifics with you as well. Best Wishes Dorothy
  3. I have 3 WOW moments. The first was about a month after activation. Because I was never completely deaf I had no idea what I was missing! I remember my husband and I going for a walk on the beach which we had done frequently, but this day the sounds of birds overwhelmed me! I had no idea what I had been missing and that they were so loud. Amazing!! My next 2 moments were being in the delivery room when my Grands were born! Babies cry loud when they enter this world! What a sound!! And today they both call their Gammy’s name over and over! My heart continues to be overwhelmed in a very good way!
  4. Mary Beth!! I am so thankful I joined this group! I had not read your story before!!! Thank you for sharing yours and mine!! You have had quite a journey. What a great encouragement you are to so many. I do hope we can meet face to face one day.
  5. This is a very interesting article. I am bilateral EAS with residual in both ears. I have the flex24 array and had a very experienced surgeon using the soft insert technique. I remember him saying to me I had enough steroids in my head to float a boat. Steroids were used during my surgery but this new reasearch sounds pretty cool. I have lost some residual in my worst ear over the past 2 years although I still have enough to use the acoustic component of my processor. I think it would be incredible to have the ability to regenerate new hair cells though.
  6. Hi Lauren, I recently joined this group and would love to talk with you about my EAS experience. I have Sonnet EAS processors, which is the Med-El name for their hybrid processors. I was implanted with my first CI in 2010 as part of the clinical trial. The EAS was FDA approved in the US just recently. I am so excited that this is now available to everyone that may not have qualified or wanted to go for a traditional CI because of some residual hearing. That was me for a long time. Hope I can answer some questions.
  7. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! And thank you Mary Beth for sharing my story. Don't you all just love love Mary Beth! She has been such an incredible support to me and many others. I know there were some folks here asking about EAS. I hope my story will answer some questions and please feel free to directly ask me anything. I may not have the answer but will share honestly my personal experience. I have an appointment coming up soon new mapping and having the duel mikes activated. Can't wait for all that to happen.
  8. Hello Everyone, I am new to Hearpeers but not brand new to having CI's. I am actually bilateral EAS. I have just recently upgraded to the Sonnet EAS processors. I received my first implant and Duet processor in 2010. I was a part of the clinical trial for the EAS in the US. I was implanted in my second ear in 2015. My residual hearing was preserved and I just recently upgraded to the new Sonnet EAS after FDA approval in the US. Glad to be a part of this group.
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