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I received my CIs sequentially 8 months apart but I have friends and have read posts from adults who received their CIs simultaneously and it went well for them.


There are some definite pros:

- only one surgery

- only one recovery period

- activating both sides simultaneously lets you train the sides together 

- many less appointments than sequential CIs require


And a few things to consider:

- no access to sound between surgery and activation unless residual hearing is preserved 

- both sides of your head will be tender at the same time so finding a comfortable sleeping position may be tricky for a bit

- wearing glasses may be uncomfortable for a few days (I removed one arm of an old pair of glasses when I had sequential surgery.)


Which CI center are you going to?  I go to NYEE in NYC.

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