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Catherine Wolicki-Hunt
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Does anyone else get pain at the cochlear implant site? I’ve had my implant 6 months now. I occasionally get stabbing, intermittent pain at the site. It lasts a few days. Paracetamol helps. There doesn’t appear to be any redness or swelling. 

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@Catherine Wolicki-Hunt

Welcome to HearPeers!

Which processor are you using?

Pain at the implant site can be serious.  If it was happening to me, I would contact my CI audiologist and CI surgeon.

I hope it feels better soon.

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Thanks. Nucleus 7 

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@Catherine Wolicki-Hunt

Hopefully it is a quick easy fix, like adjusting magnet strength.  Wishing you the best.

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Thanks Beth. Already had magnet adjusted to weaker strength. Also had two lots of antibiotics. I have an appointment with my CI surgeon on 12th august-I’ll try and bring it forward- they’ve got a scanner at the rooms so that seems like the best option. Thanks for advice. 

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asking for our friend @Nikki.  She is having pain at the implant site on one side. She has had it looked at by Audi with no reason found. Does anyone have any advice? 

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Probably try making a follow up with the surgeon.  They can order a scan to make sure all is fine.  

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I just got a new upgraded advanced bionics on Tuesday now am in pain with it. It's fine first thing in the morning when I switched on but come in the afternoon am I pain with it it feels like stabbing & my side of my head is burning(but to touch it it isnt). Thought cause maybe it's new & is trying to adjust the new set & seeing it's only just 4 days since i'd got it but the pain is becoming unbearable that I had to take painkillers. Only got the implant done in 2007

 

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@Alaine Mitchell

Hello.  This forum is hosted by Med-El so almost all of us use Med-El CIs.

Your magnet may be too strong, which can become a big problem for any CI user.  I recommend you contact your CI audiologist right away.  If it was me, I would return to using my back up processor while waiting to hear back from my audiologist (if that is an option for you).

I hope this gets sorted out quickly.

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5 hours ago, Mary Beth said:

@Alaine Mitchell

Hello.  This forum is hosted by Med-El so almost all of us use Med-El CIs.

Your magnet may be too strong, which can become a big problem for any CI user.  I recommend you contact your CI audiologist right away.  If it was me, I would return to using my back up processor while waiting to hear back from my audiologist (if that is an option for you).

I hope this gets sorted out quickly.

Thanks I don't have a back up processor plus the hospital is quite a distance away but I will get one of my family to phone for me on Monday. Had to take it off today while shopping as the pain was so bad but am so was lost without it! I later put tissue paper between the processor & the implant and it was so much better so it must be the magnet being too strong. Thanks for the advice.

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