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One of the main reasons I am looking at Med-El is that I am told there is a chance to retain my residual hearing. Has any one had this happen? I would like to keep as much of my natural hearing as I have left.

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Hi, my husband had his implant 2 years ago.  He has retained some residual hearing but it is so minor I am not sure if it has any real advantage.  Maybe, you will have more luck.  Its worth trying.

Diane

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The residual hearing depends mainly on the ability of the doctor that is actually manipulating the electrods inside the cochlea. This was a key question before implantation of the second implant to my daughter. In Spain, one of the most experienced doctor says he could keep 80% of the residual hearing. A friend that went to New Yorks main specialist would not consider more than 50% is possible. Nevertheless what is kept after surgery, they all agree that the levels decrease in the next two years, as the ciliar cells are not being any more adequatly stimulated. You can read more about this in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20818293 and http://www.med.unc.edu/earandhearing/research/pdfs/Residual_Hearing.pdf

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I am seriously considering going bilateral after having an implant in my rt ear for the past ten years. Ive lost all residual hearing in my rt ear however the surgeon seems very confident that he will be able to keep at least 75% of the hearing i have left in my left ear after the implant. I still can use the phone in my left ear and cannot use in my implanted ear so i guess my big question is how much of the residual hearing remains as the years go on or does it gradually diminish as it did in my rt ear. This can be a deal breaker even though there are a lot of beneficial reasons to go bilateral. any thoughts or comments are greatly appreciatedEmbarassed

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I can't speak by myself, but I found a blog of a girl that went bilateral and seems to be happy with her decission. I think she is wearing medel: http://www.sarasera.com/ Maybe you can contact her.

 

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I just got the Flex 28 electrode in Dec. '12 so it is long & deep in the cochlea.  I lost a lot of residual hearing where I had it @ 65 dB, basically worthless now at 95 dB.  Surgeon said going into surgery, don't depend on retaining anything usable.  I was only testing 13% word recognition with a hearing aid anyway, so no great loss except some sounds that might alert me to the sky falling or something.  Also, I have progressive loss so I was going to lose it soon anyway.  I think if one had a shorter electrode where there was actually something worth retaining, that is the best scenario, flex or not.

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it seems like a shorter electrode is better than longer electrode due to ability to retain the residual hearing

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