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Cochlear Implant and MRI


Lori Martin
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It's been a very long time and many adjustments back and forth to Boston, I have had my Cochlear Implant Sonnet 2 now for two years and still not hearing CLARITY. They told me that I should be hearing fine tune within six weeks, but everything is still robotic. Now it's getting so I have to have an MRI completed on the brain and here in Maine they can't do unless I surgically have the Implant removed. I do understand that Cochlear Implants are somewhat compatible with MRI machines. I believe at this point I'm at an awe not knowing what to do, I sit down next month with my surgeon and to explain all, it's to my decision that I may just have this removed even though I would miss hearing. It would be greatly appreciated for any input from here I am desperately reaching for help.

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I am sorry this is happening to you @Lori Martin.

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Hi @Lori Martin,

I'm so sorry that you are having these problems. Before your meeting with the surgeon, I recommend calling (and having your MRI center call) Med-EL at 1.888.633.3524. My Med-EL rep gave me this number and said that audiologists are on call to explain to medical institutions how to configure MRIs to work safely with Med-EL implants (I put this number on my medical alert bracelet as well). Also, ask your medical team if you would have to have the whole implant removed or just removing the magnet temporarily. I have never heard of having to remove an implant for an MRI except when the implant is broken (and then it is replaced). I have only heard of a very minor surgery to remove the magnet before the MRI and another to replace it. (However, if your surgeon thinks that your implant is malfunctioning, maybe he wants to replace it?). 

At times like this, it is important to have an advocate to help you navigate this complexity of MRI compatibility--and I hope that the Med-EL team can do that ❤️. Please make sure you have full options and information before you make your decision.

Maybe the @MED-EL Moderator could help connect you to a Med-El representative in your region of Maine, US. 

Annette

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Hi @Annette

Thank you for reaching out with your information it's much appreciated. I will definitely have all my resources @ hand, I believe it's just the magnet, but I prefer not to have to go through this many times. But I will have all notes, I also have been in touch with Med El they have reached out. But I am also going on two years of robotic sounds, and I should be hearing clarity. 

Thank you

Lori

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1 hour ago, Lori Martin said:

Hi @Annette

Thank you for reaching out with your information it's much appreciated. I will definitely have all my resources @ hand, I believe it's just the magnet, but I prefer not to have to go through this many times. But I will have all notes, I also have been in touch with Med El they have reached out. But I am also going on two years of robotic sounds, and I should be hearing clarity. 

Thank you

Lori

Hi @Lori Martin,  I hope that the surgeon and Med-EL can help you with the robotic sounds as well as the MRI! One thing that I've been looking at lately is anatomy-based-fitting? @Mary Beth posted this link: https://lifelonghearing.com/science/new-program-for-med-el-cochlear-implants/ .  It seems to be similar to what I've received as a participant in a study that has helped me, I think (but it's hard for me to know as I've never had the standard programming). I'll cross my fingers for you ❤️!

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Hi @Lori Martin, good to read that you are already in touch with your local MED-EL team. They are best placed to support you and can provide any necessary information for your surgeon / radiologist.

Our SYNCHRONY and SYNCHROY 2 cochlear implants are MRI compatible at 3.0 Tesla. You'll find a MRI check list and important safety information to share with your medical specialists here Important Safety Information (medel.com) 

Please let us know in case you need any further support.

Kind regards, Barbara 

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@Lori Martin just as an fyi, I am bilaterally implanted and have 5 MRIs of my brain  (check ups relative to removal of a brain tumor which took place just 3 months prior to my first implant) in the past 8 years, all without problem. My implants (magnets) have always been left in place. 

My best to you.

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Hi @Joan

Thank you for reaching back it's appreciated.

Glad to hear your story.

THank you

Lori

 

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