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Debbie from US

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    Candidate for a hearing implant
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  1. I got the Samba at the end of January. I haven't ever heard any static noise from it. I also have tinnitus and find that I don't notice it as much when I wear the Samba. Hoping you have been able to resolve the issue with help from Med-El or your audio.
  2. Finally have a chance to post re. my BoneBridge. I had the surgery on 12/13 and after a couple of uncomfortable days the recovery was not bad. I went back to see Dr. Tucci on 12/28 for a post-op checkup and she was very pleased with how it had healed- even commented how "easy" the surgery was. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication with the Audio department they were unable to activate the processor that day. I had to wait until after I returned from vacation to finally get the Samba, which I got on 1/30. So I have had it now for a couple of weeks and I can say I am happy I had the surg
  3. I just got home from Duke where Dr. Tucci implanted the Bonebridge behind my bad right ear. Surgery took about an hour. I have a Velcro headband with a plastic ear covering which I can take off tomorrow. Steri-strips come off in 10 days. I go back in 2 weeks and if healing & swelling are satisfactory at that point I will get the processor. Very happy to have this over! Feeling rather wiped out but no real pain. Grateful!
  4. Actually counting the days! 28 from today! 19 days until I go for a CT scan to aid in the placement. Feeling excited when I think about it. But it’s good that this is a busy time of year so there are lots of distractions to keep me from thinking about it too much.
  5. Ivana, Thank you for your response. It is nice to know that Dr. Tucci is considered a giant in the world of implants! I knew she had a good reputation, but didn’t realize she was known internationally. I am happy to know that I have placed myself in very good hands! I know that the CI is being done in the US for unilateral loss, but it is considered experimental and is not approved by the FDA for SSD. The BB just recently received FDA approval in the US, even tho you’ve had it in Europe for a number of years. So it may be some time before the CI is more commonly used for those suff
  6. And Yes, the Samba is what I was told I would be using.
  7. The Dr. Said as soon as 2 weeks following the surgery, depending on the healing. She said if there is still swelling they would have to wait. I am going on vacation on Jan 2, so I am hoping I can get it before I go away, but that may be too optimistic.
  8. My Duke Doc- Dr. Debara Tucci is in the top photo (8th from the left) and my NYC Doc- Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar is in the next one (right in the middle behind the banner.) Its wonderful to see so many bright young women joining this field which has been dominated by men for many years.
  9. Mary Beth, Wow- you have sure been through a lot!! I am glad that you now have good hearing in that ear again- that's amazing after all those years. I did say something about a CI to my surgeon and she said it wasn't indicated for SSD and is not approved by FDA for that, so no insurance coverage. She said she felt the BB would be the best option. I see that you had your surgery in NYC. I used to live in NJ and saw a Dr. in NYC - Sujana Chandrasekhar. She really helped me a lot when I was suffering with the vertigo. When I first went to Dr. Tucci at Duke she noted on m
  10. Dear Ivana, Thank you for your response as I was told you are the "Bonebridge expert"! A bit of history- I was first diagnosed with Meniere's in 1995 and it has always been unilateral, thankfully. I know the loss can be fluctuating with Meniere's, and that has been true in the past. At one point, in about 2006, after a period of numerous vertigo episodes, it had degraded to a point where I started wearing an aid. But after about 6 months I felt it wasn't working well, returned to the audiologist and discovered that my hearing had recovered to a level where the aid was no longer neede
  11. Hi, I just discovered this forum and hope there are some Bonebridge recepients on here who can share their experience with me. I have SSD in my right ear from Meniere's. I knew my hearing had been getting worse, but I hadn't had an audio exam for several years until this past spring when I had a very bad recurrence of vertigo and sought out a new ENT, since I had moved. Testing showed that I had profound loss now with very low speech recognition in that ear and was told I was officially SSD. I was given the option to trial a CROS aid for 6 weeks, which I did, but was not satisfied with it.
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