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  1. Will see - I am still in the grey area without an actual date of implantation. I did receive few promises as using Adhear and combining it with the BB would ask too many efforts.

    Of course, this is a good question - for him. Hope this will go much smoother.... 

  2. On 04/12/2017 at 5:21 PM, Kara of Canada said:

    Thanks guys!?❤️

    Good news finally @Ivana Marinac

    Aaaahhh! - YES! :wub: :D - so happy for you... soon, I might join you on the bilateral path... stay tuned...

    P.S.: did they make any scans to see how things go with the other ear taking into account certain issues at you first implantation? :huh:

  3. On 08/12/2017 at 7:30 PM, Megan L. said:

    @Cara Mia

    I was told the same thing by my surgeon! And I too expect them to last longer than 20 years. So I was definitely concerned when I saw that 20 years reimplanted in the article. We’re definitely going to prove the article wrong ?

    @Mary Beth nice pic! 



    Hi Girls,


    Legal notice of the manufacturers stated that the internal units will function for 20 or 25 years. It is something that they need to do, so any surgeon who promised you a lifetime implantation wasn’t quite truthful with you. Or at least, was not aware of that. Reimplantation do happen and it is not so rare event, but good news that you have sort of guarantee where you’re protected against any further costs, or the manufacturer (most likely) will replace your electrode if it is an internal cause of failure – for free.

    Right now, I have a patient (a girl) who is a college student and will have her 2nd REimplantation, or in total – her 3rd implantation. Sometimes – life sucks and these things do happen… L


  4. On 18/11/2017 at 3:22 AM, Jennifer said:

    Hi. My husband had an implant in his right ear last week with 10 per cent hearing.  His left ear had 40 per cent hearing and it appears that the Adhear might be good for that ear...Better than a hearing aid?  How low can the hearing be for adhear to be effective.  The surgery was $80,000.  How much is the Adhear and how does the insurance companies view it. Thanks

    Hello Jennifer,

    I started to write this post a few days ago but had some technical difficulties with sending it. 

    It is a good idea, but unfortunately, the hearing threshold of the other ear should be better than 30 dB. I do not have the information what are the hearing threshold curves of your husband but 40% of hearing is definitely worse. Adhear, at first place, is for the conductive hearing loss. I am sending you a short booklet about Adhear intended for professionals. 

    Or the single sided deaf ear where the other ear is - within the range of normal hearing threshold - up to 30dB which is not a case for your husband. If his hearing is constantly getting worse - he is a candidate for a CI on the other ear also which is actually very good.

  5. On 24/11/2017 at 10:18 PM, Kara of Canada said:

    Hey @Ivana Marinac! Nice to see you back!  Try using more layman’s terms. You confuse even me! 

    Layman? :)

    Pardon me, but sometimes balancing between the professional expression and trying not to write oversimplified - lose me. What can I describe better? :unsure:

    Huh... :rolleyes: Extremely bad sinus infection and cough put me in a pretty grumpy feeling...:( I was not in the mood for anything....

  6. Hello Kamini,

    I had a hunch MB...;) and stopped by :)

    I have my BB for 3 years now – my hearing loss is due to the other kind of pathology, a congenital malformation of the middle and outer ear which caused bilateral conductive hearing loss.

    That being said, let's return to you: it is mixed hearing loss due to your chronic middle ear infection, right? People usually stop by in the World Wide Web when they actually have a problem or are possibly misinformed. Or are not informed at all… Those who do not have some of the aforementioned, most often do not have the urge to explain their experiences. It is simply a statistical result.

    I understand your fear, because just like Lovecraft wrote: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”, but there is no need for fear at all. Make an appropriate list of legitimately collected questions which you should present to your surgeon. It is and should be an open discussion between two sides in the process.  

    I can hardly be objective here, because I was one of the firstly implanted people with Bonebridge more isolated because, even today, number of implanted people online is negligible, but I will do my best.

    The internal unit of BB is a bit of chubby and protrudes a bit above the surface of the temporal bone if it is not implanted completely. Sometimes a thickness of the temporal bone is not thick enough. Moreover, the problem is postoperatively standing away auricle but this is only for a month, most for two because of soft tissue edema. When the swelling goes away, your auricle will return to its natural position.

    Postoperative pain is something that is reasonable for expect, but that is why the painkillers were invented. Pain is highly subjective emotion (like fear) and while waiting for a full recovery of artificially wounded tissue (because this is a definition of an operation), it is reasonable to take something for.

    And … at the end – food for your thoughts … The forth day after the surgery, I was on my bike riding nearly 30 kilometers around the city where I live…^_^

    I cannot think now more details, but if there is anything else where I can help – please remind me ;)








  7. Hi Kimmay,

    I understand you - I have approximately 4 hours of driving up to a place where is my clinical engineer. 

    Yeah - any of the aforementioned battery brand works well and confidently. Even Duracell 625 - I have tested them also although they are not an implant type of battery which only means that they should be more potent or the distribution of power should be more uniform during its use. 

    I like Power-One both because of their reliability but also a possibility of buying it. I buy mine on E-Bay, for instance.

  8. 1 hour ago, Mary Beth said:

    @Ivana Marinac


    Yes ZeniPower CI batteries gave my Sonnets false battery beeps and powered down.

    Huh! :wacko:     interesting....

    I am regular user of Power One and Rayovac mentioned above and I have never experienced something like that....

    I might experience that few batteries are not as strong as some other... but, then I change them and - everything is well then...

  9. On 01/11/2017 at 8:53 AM, stream2525 said:

    I am a little confused. If FLEX 24 and FLEX 28 will lead to same results, r why would have the EAS? 

    Active stimulation range is longer with Flex28.

    Like I have described - a dynamic of the hearing loss advancement is also important. There are various approaches: some surgeons do understand the effect of preserving residual hearing although it is vanishing, some just override that period and trust to the electrical stimulation which eventually will replace all natural hearing.

  10. 16 hours ago, Kimmay said:

    You know, I never thought of that!!! I’m using batteries that I buy at a drug store but they aren’t made for medical equipment. I should be using the batteries the audiologist prescribed!!! THANK YOU MARY BETH! I’m going to order new batteries tomorrow !

    I will keep you posted and again thank you! Hoping this works. 

    Try to find Power One, Duracell or Rayovac - implant type.

    I guess you will find it faster in a hearing aid shop or at your local audiologist. Try also order from Amazon or E-Bay - they have good deals!

    Also, before put it working, tape off their sticker and leave a battery on the air for 5 minutes in total and then put it in the compartment of your BB.

  11. 16 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

    Which brand batteries are you using?  I am a CI user and I had lots of trouble with my Sonnets and ZeniPower batteries.  When I switched to PowerOne batteries the problems all went away.  Just a thought.

    Hmmm... I have never had an opportunity to test ZeniPower batteries... Did you have these kinds of episode that batteries just - died.

  12. 16 hours ago, Kimmay said:

    My samba will make a short circuit sound and then completely shut off. Sometimes it won’t come back on until I open the battery door and then close it again. It’s happened with three of them so far. The last one I got I stopped wearing it when my hair was damp and air drying. But it still made short circuit sound and turned off and on. Three different processors now. 

    This is really too much... Do you put your processors on your head while your hair is still wet?

    I never do that. 

    Did you ask for an appointment with the Med-EL support - I guess, it is reasonable to expect that internal unit should be rechecked.

  13. Hello Kimmay,

    Can you describe me little bit thoroughly what is happening to you? Cutting in and out means - stop working?

    You put your Samba while your hair is wet? 

    Pardon me, I am not native English speaker so it is possible that I didn't understand you well. 

    I wear my Samba, now three years consecutively and this has never happened to me - but I beware very carefully and never EVER put it even close to moist or anything like. My biggest problem is a frequent dusting of microphone cover so my sound deteriorates after 6 months or similar....

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