FarmTownBob Posted January 30, 2018 Report Share Posted January 30, 2018 Hi folks - new here. I broke my 8 year old hearing aid in October 2017 and my audiologist confirmed my hearing had advanced to the Cochlear Implant stage in my left ear. I went to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a three hour one way drive from where I live in Illinois, to begin my journey and see if I was eligible for a CI and to see where my right ear resided. My first appointment was mid december. They verified my left ear was totally ineffective and my right ear, aided, had 73% word recognition. I also began my research into the three companies and what they have to offer as well as learn more about what CI is in general, how it works, what is done, etc. etc. I have learned a LOT by this time. I also signed up for all three company help groups and some social media forums to get people's experiences and points of view. I went back to St. Louis on January 25 for a CT scan and to do more testing with my audiologist. This time, we further proved the left ear was totally ineffective, and the right ear had fallen 10% in aided word recognition scores. I also got to see in person each of the manufacturers options and equipment. I've been looking mostly at the MedEl flex internal array, as that seems to be the most advanced on the market. However, since I have to go implant and hearing aid, I have the Advanced Bionics option as well. I am at a quandry to learn more about the technical fine details of Med El's electrode array and how it is different from AB. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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