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    User of a hearing implant
  • Implanted
  • Implant Period
    1-2 years
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
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  • Cause of Hearing Loss
    Unknown / Prefer not to say
  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Not applicable
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    Progressive Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. I mentioned in a post back in August that the hospital where I was implanted ( London, Ontario) has a staff shortage of CI-trained audiologists. As a result, access between quarterly appointments (during first year after implementation) is pretty much impossible. If you aren't happy with your mapping, you have to wait for your next appointment. The shortage has become so severe, that my final quarterly session (one-year anniversary) has been pushed back three months due to one audiologist being unavailable. Thus it will be almost eight months after my last appointment for my next session. I am concerned that my mapping and progress with my CI is not optimal due to lack of support at this facility. Has anyone else had this issue?
  2. Hello All; I received my CI last October. I am fortunate to live in Ontario, Canada where the cost of the CI and implantation surgery is covered under our provincial health care. However, there are only two implantation hospitals in the entire province so access to CI-trained audiologists after surgery is limited. After activation and two weeks follow-up, you have mapping appointments quarterly for the remainder of the first year and then yearly after that. Acess between the scheduled appointments is difficult, as there are so few CI-trained audiologists at the hospital - waiting times are months long. I am feeling that additional mapping sessions would benefit me, but I can't access them. Is anyone aware of CI-trained audiologists in Ontario or Michigan in private practice (where I could pay for additional mapping sessions)?
  3. In reply to Nikki's question re: choice of processor: at the hospital in London Ontario where I was implanted I was offered a choice between the Sonnet and the Rondo. However, the audiologist said the Rondo2 was not yet available to them(perhaps due to government health insurance rules) so strongly recommended the Sonnet as having more advanced features. I'm looking forward to my activation date which has been moved up to October 29.
  4. Four days post-op. Surprisingly little pain which is manageable with regular Tylenol. A little off-balance, especially first thing in the morning, but not too bad. Hope the rest of the journey goes as well!
  5. Hello Everyone! I am scheduled for unilateral cochlear implant next Thursday at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. I have been waiting for almost a year so I'm excited that it's finally going to happen! Can anyone share how they felt immediately after surgery? I'm hoping not to have too much pain or after effects.
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