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Loss of implant contact after blowing nose


Terry Bush
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I posted this on Facebook page so if you've seen it before I apologize.  i am trying to gather information from other that may have experienced the same issue.

Here goes: I blew my nose when due to congestion and rhinitis. I was very congested. I immediately lost any sound provided by my implant. I determined that I had introduced air underneath the implant which caused it to lose contact with my skull. After the air dissipated with some digital massage, the sound returned. It was very disconcerting. I spoke with my surgeon and he said he was told that there are reports of this happening up to 3 months post-op. It has happened several more times although I have been trying to blow my nose more gently.  This time of year I am so congested that I have to blow my nose to be able to breath.

Has anyone else experienced this and, if so, has it resolved and how long did it take?

I am going to have a CT done to look at implant placement and electrode array insertion.

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I am sorry this happened to you.  Yes I have heard of it happening and as you mentioned gentle nose blowing is best.  I hope everything returns back to normal for you soon.  Keep us posted.

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  • 2 years later...

Ok, well don't blow your nose hard... even if there is no discomfort. 

Audi had me to gently rub the area where the magnet is... after a few minutes the ci is working again. Well see if there is any long term issues from it. 

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I am sorry this happened to you @Dan W.

 

You can find reports online about this potential issue related to nose blowing and CIs.  I hope it does not happen to you again.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/coa.12042

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I took it easy when blowing my nose after that and it happened several more times. It took about 6 months for it to disappear and now it doesn’t happen at all. It just takes time for the swelling to do completely away and for everything to sclerose down so that contact can’t be broken. 

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