Hello all, I received my implant last June. My back story is: 41, Male, hearing declined to the point where I could barely talk on the phone or in person unless I was familiar with their voice. My Right ear was pretty much deaf all my life and my left ear was severe to profound by the time of surgery. I elected to have the surgery in my right ear in case the implant did not help me… I’m very happy with it so far. I also bought the Resound hearing aid because I still have residual hearing in my left ear.
I have noticed that after my 4th or 5th adjustment where the hearing was getting better and better, that my hearing with implant only has changed a bit. I wouldn’t say for the worse, but things just sound a bit…different. I can still hear people somewhat clearly and can talk on the phone, but the sound is a bit… duller? My audiologist said its normal and likely due to the fact the nerves have gotten used to the stimulation. So I went in for another adjustment and it didn’t really improve things. She was able to put my old settings on for comparison, and I really noticed no difference at all. I have tinnitus in my left ear, and during the tone adjustments, I think it affects my ability to hear the beeps, and also causes me to hear beeps/tones when they’re not being played.
I am curious if anyone else has had an experience like this? I’m still very happy with it. The only problem I have with it is that when I stream music at a comfortable level, it sometimes causes overstimulation inside the head and I can feel pressure behind the area where the processor resides. I will then turn it down a bit to where I feel no pressure and then the music is softer and not as enjoyable anymore.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading!