Melissa Posted January 10, 2020 Report Share Posted January 10, 2020 Hello, I am new here. My 10 year old son, who has a mixed loss and has worn hearing aids since he was 3 months old, is now a candidate for CI. In the past year, his speech discrimination/ word recognition scores have declined, although his audiogram has stayed pretty much the same. He started life with a moderately-severe to severe loss and now has a severe to profound loss. He has been mainstreamed since Kindergarten and is in 4th grade. He uses the Roger Inspiro at school (his aids have an integrated receiver), which is essential. His audiologist feels we should not "wait for him to fail," but pursue implants now. Our surgeon believes in doing 1 ear at a time, and we are probably looking at a late Spring surgery. So, he would be bi-modal for a while I am nervous about this transition, since I know hearing with HA and CIs is different. Also, unlike many people with implants I have spoke with (or people with severe to profound loss), my son has done extremely well with his aid. He can hear birds, water down a drain, thunder (sometimes); but really struggles to hear certain high pitched and soft sounds, and in any kind of noise. We have narrowed our choice down to Med EL and Cochlear. Like everything else in life, I realize nothing is perfect and wish I could I take things from each company and combine them. My family is a bit worried that Med El is a private company; what happens when the founders die? The thinking is that Cochlear, with the biggest market share, would be less likely to disappear and leave recipients in the lurch (not saying Med El would, it's just a risk to consider with any smaller private company.) I'd love to hear people's experiences with their implants, especially those who have used hearing aids and then switched. Thanks for reading! Melissa V (in Florida) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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