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Have initiated the procedures to obtain a cochlear implant and am really nervous and excited. I am 70 and never expected to be in this position. Lost all hearing in my left ear overnight 10 years ago. Since that time have experienced slow but continual hearing loss in the right ear. It has been a difficult 10 years. I have become increasingly isolated, angry and frustrated. I do use a hearing aid in the right ear but it is becoming less helpful. My audiologist has been suggesting a cochlear implant but i have been resistant for several reasons. The most obvious, my age. I really did not think at 70 I would be a good candidate and was fearful the periods of adjustment and learning curve would be more than I could deal with. However, I have decided that the quality of my life has suffered and if there is any chance that I might improve that...I should take it. Soooooo I am starting out on this journey. I have been approved by my surgeon and the insurance company and will meet with the surgeon to set a date for the procedure, probably early May. I do not know anyone who has undergone this and was so glad to learn about this forum. I will welcome any information that any of you can share. I am looking forward to reading much of what has been posted.

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Hello and welcome to Hearpeers!! We are a fabulous group of men and women who are all on different levels of the journey we call it!! Please ask as many questions as you like. I heard of a gentleman who was 100 when he was implanted so you are a youngster!! Yes we won't lie it is quite a bit of work. But have loads of hope as it is a truly unique journey!! We have a phrase called the three P's. Practice patience and perseverance. Or as our buddy Adam says relentless forward motion. We all have good days and bad. So be prepared. It's. No simple feat. Keep us informed we love to hear your story about your journey. Believe me we all keep learning from each other. I am newly implanted and activated. Only 5 months in. It's been a roller coaster but also a miracle. I can hear well now. Good luck!!!

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Welcome Marjorie! I know of people in their 70s who were implanted and their only regret is that they didn't do it sooner. Ask anything and everything. It's a great journey.

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Don't set up your limits by yourself - leave that to the nature ;)

 

Also - welcome to the HP Forum and, please: ask as many questions as you can think of. :)

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Hi Marjorie and welcome to Hearpeers. I was 63 when I had my implant and it was the best thing I've done. It takes a lot of work but the rewards are enormous. It changed my life. Ask as many questions as you need; one or all of us will answer. This forum is a great support for all of us.

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Thanks everyone that responded.  I am excited and anxious.  will keep you informed and let you know when I get a surgery date.

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Welcome to hearpeers!! Looking forward to getting to know you. Can I ask why did you choose MEDEL?

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Hi Marjorie,

 

Do you know that the first US patient who got implanted with Med-El Synchrony implant was 83-year-old person?

 

I believe you will be glad that you decided in favor of improving you quality of life. Send my best wishes to you.

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Hi Marjorie,

 

Do you know that the first US patient who got implanted with Med-El Synchrony implant was 83-year-old person?

 

I believe you will be glad that you decided in favor of improving you quality of life. Send my best wishes to you.

 

 

I like these details - it was a start of an era where we finally resolved with previous old and discriminatory act of behaving with elder people.

It was finally recognized that everybody deserves a chance. 

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Hi Marjorie,

Congratulations on the brave decision.  Wishing you the best  as you make your way back to engaging in life and everything good that comes with it.  Best of luck!

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Hi Marjorie,

Welcome to Hear Peers.

I am in my 60's and I was implanted with a CI in 12/2015. I thought the same thing! I now realized that I made the right decision. Yes, it takes patience and perseverance but I am looking forward to a better quality of life!

Best wishes.

Elaine

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