Gloria B. Posted November 30, 2020 Report Share Posted November 30, 2020 Hello, I'm new to this forum because I just got info on cochlear implants. I have had hearing loss as long as I can remember (I'm 64 now) and have been wearing hearing aids since I was in my late 20's. My hearing has gotten progressively worse and I have been told by several audiologists within the last 10 years or so to check out cochlear implants. I finally went to a surgeon to inquire about them and went for an MRI to see if there are any issues with my middle or inner ear, other than sensorineural hearing loss. I'm scheduled for an appointment this Wednesday, December 2, to go over the results of the MRI with the surgeon. I've gotten info from Advanced Bionics, Cochlear and Med-El on implants, and have been told any of them would be fine, I just need to decide which one to use. My issue isn't with any of the manufacturers at this time. I'm having a hard time deciding whether to get an implant. I worry about having a magnet in my head, (not for MRI purposes, since it seems that they've advanced enough that the magnet wouldn't have to be removed if I ever needed to have an MRI done on my head), but I just worry about having a magnet in my head fulltime. Also, I'm not totally deaf at this point, and if I have the implant I would lose all hearing in that ear. I know that my hearing would probably improve substantially (or so I've been told), but I think that's what scares me the most; losing my hearing completely. I know I miss out on a lot, and I know people get frustrated having to repeat themselves, but I'm still worried about being totally deaf without the processor. Is there anyone out there that has had those same fears, and it so, did you go through with the surgery, and are you happy now, or do you regret it? I appreciate this forum and hopefully someone will respond to my anxiety. 🙂 Gloria B. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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