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Making final decision to get cochlear implant for single sided deafness


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On 11/15/2019 at 8:56 PM, Pinky said:

Hi,

My friend is waiting for CI surgery, I am interested in your experiences.
One of his ears is good, the other is deaf since January.
He would get Cochlear now or Medel's new model in February.
Which is better and why?
Is it bad to wait until February?
He is a music producer so music is important for CI's choice.

Is there someone with 1 CI and 1 good ear?

Thanks for your help!

It will not hurt to wait until Feb . It's probably good to wait for a possible improved design.  I have one ear that can listen to music with headphones. I have followed many stories in the CI world and I definitely cannot judge which is better, cochlear, which I have, or a medel device. 

It seems to me that whichever way you go it will be up to you how much you train your ear to hear again. My bad good ear helps tremendously. I keep hearing improvement, I enjoy a lot of music but it does sound different and as I have said before Pavarotti is still a disaster. But as I listen I hear good sounds in all sorts of different music and a lot of squelch in vocals and orchestra. 

Percussion and piano are best, and now flute has come right. 

Having a CI is way way better than not having one. 

Peter 

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Hello - I have severe/profound loss in my right ear that happened suddenly June 2019.  I just visited Columbia hospital and meet all criteria for a cochlear implant.  Hearing aids don’t help and the cros system makes me feel very overwhelmed and dizzy.  My tinnitus is horrific and I am extremely sensitive to loud sounds.  

I am nervous to go forward with implant as I do have normal low frequency hearing in that ear (though not very helpful) and am told i will probably lose it after implantation.  Will an implant really improve my quality of life and reduce tinnitus/sensitivity and ability to hear with background noise?  I don’t know if I can handle another disappointment after everything.

 Would love to connect with anyone who has gone through a similar experience.

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Hi all.  Very interested in this thread.  I partially lost hearing in my left ear 4 years ago.  My right ear has "normal" hearing although not perfect.  I got hearing aids and they were a big help.  In September, I woke up one morning fully deaf in my left ear (and tinnitus!).  Long story short - recently got evaluated and I'm a candidate for a CI on my left side.  Going back to ENT for follow up eval on the 16th and will decide next steps.

I have read through a lot of your stories (thank you!), and the success sounds amazing.  

I'm a little concerned about the first few months.  I spend most of my day on Zoom calls for work.  I actually don't have any issue hearing on the Zoom calls and it is often much better than phone calls, which can be difficult if the tone, volume, accent, etc don't hit me exactly right.  Will I have issues in those first few months where my left ear is trying to adjust and maybe it will cause unusual sounds/distortions and interfere with what I'm hearing in my right ear?  I hope that makes sense to everyone.  While I have trouble localizing sound, or hearing in loud restaurants or even the tv, I am pretty good one on one or on something like a Zoom all where the sound seems very direct and fed to my good ear.

Thanks for your feedback! 

Kenny

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@KennyW

wishing you the best on your CI journey.

@Kyliecan speak from experience with SSD and a CI.

There are ways to use free speech to text to help during your zoom calls while adjusting.  Do you have an Android phone or an iPhone?

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13 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

@KennyW

wishing you the best on your CI journey.

@Kyliecan speak from experience with SSD and a CI.

There are ways to use free speech to text to help during your zoom calls while adjusting.  Do you have an Android phone or an iPhone?

Thank you. 
 

I have an iPhone. 
 

I don’t think I would need speech to text as long as the CI doesn’t interfere with my good ear during the adjustment period, but would love to hear others’ experiences. 

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No I don't think it will interfere with your other ear so much as to ruin your video calls, though it will sound different overall. You will adjust quickly to this. If you have a very important call or it really bothers you in early weeks you could still just plug in your better ear and ignore the other one occasionally! (Not suggesting this as a regular thing but it won't hurt every now and then if you need to focus). I did this myself in early times.

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On 7/31/2020 at 10:18 PM, Diane said:

Hello - I have severe/profound loss in my right ear that happened suddenly June 2019.  I just visited Columbia hospital and meet all criteria for a cochlear implant.  Hearing aids don’t help and the cros system makes me feel very overwhelmed and dizzy.  My tinnitus is horrific and I am extremely sensitive to loud sounds.  

I am nervous to go forward with implant as I do have normal low frequency hearing in that ear (though not very helpful) and am told i will probably lose it after implantation.  Will an implant really improve my quality of life and reduce tinnitus/sensitivity and ability to hear with background noise?  I don’t know if I can handle another disappointment after everything.

 Would love to connect with anyone who has gone through a similar experience.

Yes it can really help with all those things! It has for me, I would never ever take it back for a second.

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