I know many. Mostly people who have lost their hearing as adults, who do quite well with the C.I.'s and love them! A good example is when I am driving and there are 3 other passengers with C.I.'s and we pull into a drive through window at Starbucks. I am closest to the speaker but I can’t understand a thing and I am wearing hearing aids. The C.I.ers in the car can all understand what is being said, even in the back seat. This scene plays out in almost every environment. I would never guess they have a hearing loss…it’s that good! They all talk freely on their cell phones too. The biggest difference though, is at night, when they take off their CI’s they are completely deaf. In a quiet room my hearing is almost normal. My Otologist tells me that because of this, he couldn’t ethically recommend a C.I. for me. I feel left out in many ways.