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SSD at 21 now 50. scheduled for CI in a few months.


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Hello everyone.  I had normal hearing and woke up one morning at 21 years old with single sided deafness and immediate tinnitus in my right ear.   I have had no issues with my hearing until that point and specialists at the time said it was probably a virus but they really didn't know.  was not a candidate for a hearing aid as words were all muffled.  my left ear is normal and I simply carried on with life as best I could.  fast forward 29 years later -   4 months ago all of a sudden my tinnitus got much louder in my right ear and I started to get tinnitus in my left (normal ear).  got scared and went to see the specialist and was informed that I am a candidate for a CI for my right ear.  Will be getting it done in March 2022 at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto.  I believe it will be a Med-El system with rondo 3 hands free.  I'm a healthy individual and have no other health problems yet I am very nervous.  I am really excited about the possibility of getting hearing back in my right ear and hopefully a reduction in my tinnitus as well.   I am trying my best to be as fit as possible (health wise and mentally) for the surgery in a few months.  My surgeon said that the rehab should go well as he sees that I will put in the work and that 'I'm a smart guy' (I'm a professor) - not sure how that is going to help me.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

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How exciting!!!

My right ear spent 24 years not hearing anything after a surgery to treat Menierés Disease (it had heard before that to various degrees).  It is an amazing CI ear.  I wish you the best!

Here is a video describing how things sounded at first after activation in case you are interested.

 

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As I learn more about the med-el system and rondo3 I'll have more questions.  They recommended longer electrode flex system.

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Longer electrodes provide more coverage for cochlea’s which give us better bass sounds

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This is an exciting time. I am also SSD and have found great benefit to having a CI. I hear so much more now in stereo!! Also definitely reduced my tinnitus.

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