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Hi All! I'm new to the Med El community and I've recently been implanted on my left side - 3 weeks ago tomorrow. My surgery went very smooth and my surgeon got the implant wrapped around the cochlea the first try. Amazing! Recovery was rough though - terrible nausea and vertigo Tuesday and part of Wednesday, went away and came back Friday to Sunday. A week after the surgery I really started to feel better, just a little tired. Now at almost week 3, I feel so much better! Almost my normal self. The only thing that bothers me now is the tenderness in certain spots by the incision and the feeling of an alien object on the side of my head. Does that go away??? My activation is on Friday, Nov. 11. It's very close and I'm excited but not too excited. My left ear has not really been working for about 20 years and I accept that I may not understand anyone or hear anything at first. Definitely trying to keep expectations in check. Since we're being honest, I almost went with Cochlear Americas. I am SO happy I didn't! At the last minute I changed my mind because the Med El implant was more advanced and better designed. Additionally, the content of the forums and blog articles were better and more useful to me. I was beginning to think no one had a hard time after the surgery until I came on here and read other people's stories. Thank you all for being honest about post-surgery and not minimizing the struggle to feel better after getting implanted! I don't feel so alone now Looking forward to getting know everyone and learning your stories! *Megan
Hello! I am Marjorie Monroe-Fischer, and a complete newbie! I was implanted 11 days ago, and get ‘turned on’ next Tuesday. I am anxious about how quickly I will be able to understand speech, and how well I will be able to hear music. I have been a professional musician my whole life until losing my hearing 4 years ago. I have a doctorate in conducting - my hearing was exceptional. Were any of you musicians before hearing loss? I would love to chat with you!! Actually, I would love to chat with anyone who has gone through this recently enough to remember their beginning with a CI. Thanks, Marjorie
Greetings from Rod Early. I leave near Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. I received bilateral cochlear implants in October (right) and December (left) 2015. MedEl Synchrony for the implants themselves, and using the Sonnet and Rondo processors. I was hearing impaired since birth or early childhood and had worn hearing aids since I was 3. CI has been an excellent experience for me. I hear much better with CI over HA. My listening comprehension in a noise-free environment has risen from 40% to nearly 100%. In 5dB noise (heavy noise) my comprehension improved from 3% to about 45%. The ENT surgeon Dr. Harold Pillsbury and the audiologists (primarily Andrea Bucker who works with me but really all of them) and the staff have been great! They gave me the best care and the best "customer service". They are part of the medical center / medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.