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Monte last won the day on February 20

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  • Birthday 06/16/1958

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    User of a hearing implant
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    Under 1 year
  • Implant Type
    Cochlear Implant
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  • Pre/post lingual Hearing Loss
    Post lingual Hearing Loss
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    Sudden Hearing Loss
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    Unilateral implant
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  1. First day "WOW" moments. -The wine pouring in my glass - My daughter said, "I love you Daddy" and I understood it! -The rustling of a plastic bag -Steak sizzling on the grill. -Throwing a handful of stones and hearing them hit the ground 20 feet away -The sound of water from the tap running into the sink -I could rub my fingers together and hear it in my right ear OMG this is great! Thank you to the mentors on this site. Especially the three super stars; @Jewel, and @Mary Beth, and @Mary Featherston! You are all so wonderful for us newbies getting ready to embark on this incredible journey. Thanks! You are the BEST!
  2. Okay!!!! It Freakin works!!! I was activated today and it is amazing! So many wow moments already!!! My latest wow moment is hearing the wine pouring into my celebration glass! My Audiologist said I'm a rock star! I could make out words within about 5 minutes. Check out the two videos below. https://youtu.be/oabi-7ddjO4 https://youtu.be/e6PYT6sivlY
  3. I'm taking my 10 year old daughter with me to my activation tomorrow. She will record it. I am so excited! Low expectations, but sky high hopes!!!
  4. Me either! In fact, my activation was supposed to be Thursday February 21st. But I called my audiologist and told them that I could stand by in case they get a cancellation. And sure enough they had one for tomorrow! Yay! I get to hear some sound in my right ear for the first time in over 18 years!
  5. @Kylie, my surgery was February 4th. I worked a couple hours on the 5th and 6th, (I can telecommute), but I was also excited to show off my ear bra on a video teleconference! LOL. By the 6th, I was totally off pain meds (not even Tylenol) and worked the full day. I think you are smart taking the week off. Then, if you feel up to it, you can go back to work a little early, and look like the superstar that you are!!
  6. Hi John L. congratulations for getting a surgery date. It's really a breeze. Plan for about a week of some discomfort, but not terrible. Maybe its because we have this huge hope of getting some hearing back. Just read how great @granniPeggy is doing and you will be stoked for your turn. I can't wait until my activation. Only 10 days away!
  7. @C T lex, I think I know why you had blood in your throat following surgery. I had the same thing. During general anesthesia, an endotracheal tube is put into your mouth and down your throat so that the ventilator can keep you breathing. I had a bloody throat and a bruised upper lip from the procedure. Just a side effect of them keeping you alive while they drill into your skull. Probably better than the alternative of dying in the OR. ;-)
  8. GraniPeggy! I am so excited for you! I hope that my experience is as wonderful as yours! I would love to hear something from you often regarding your progress. Keep us posted! I'm right behind you!....
  9. I'm doing great! Totally off all pain meds. Took my first shower and washed my hair yesterday. Just waiting until activation on the 21st. Looking to hear how @shaun does on his activation on the 20th.
  10. Hey Shaun, I just wanted to reach out. How is it going? Are you healing up ok? Its been 48 hours for me since my surgery. So far so good. I'm off pain meds now, but it still hurts a bit. I figure some pain is a good thing. It will keep me from doing something stupid. I sure miss exercising! Just counting the days until activation now. Anyway, hope things are going well. Cheers, Monte
  11. Everything went great! I'm a CIBOURG! My surgeon said my cochlea was fine and he got the flex 24 fully inserted. I'm home from the hospital with a nice headache. New tinnitus now, but that just means that the nerve is working. Speaking of nerves, I've got absolutely no facial nerve issues or taste problems. No nausea either. So far so good!
  12. Here we go. Surgery today! Fingers crossed.
  13. Thanks Shaun. Sorry to "hear" about your issues. You "sound" like the type if guy who will fight through your problems and do what it takes. (I hadn't realized how many hearing related idioms we use. 😂 Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery and best possible outcome. My right ear is 100% dead, so I've got nothing to lose. Surgery is in about 24 hours.
  14. Since my complete deafness is in my right ear, I usually can't have a conversation with my passengers while I'm driving. I am excited to be able to hold a conversation in the car. Of course, if it is back seat driving or nagging, I can always take off my processor to enjoy some peace and quiet. haha! But I am so excited to get started. I'm not worried about the surgery at all. My surgeon is a guy named Dr. Abraham Jacob in southern Arizona. He is one of the leading CI surgeons in the country. When he was going through the risks with me, he mentioned that he has done over 6,000 CI operations and has never injured a facial nerve, but said I could be the first. I asked him what percentage of people are helped by a CI. "Almost everyone" was his answer! WOW! He is going to put a Flex 24 in me. He said that almost every time he has used a longer electrode array, he cant get the last electrode into the Cochlea and said he achieves great results with the Flex 24. Anyway, I report to the hospital to check in for surgery in exactly 48 hours!
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