So based on discussion in a different thread (and not wanting to clutter that one further, sorry) I wanted to ask folks what their experience was like being evaluated for cochlear implants.
For me, I was referred from my hearing aid audiologist to an ENT. The ENT took extensive medical history and did a physical exam. They referred me to an MRI. They also referred me to an audiologist in their office that works with both hearing aids and cochlear implants. With that audiologist, I did pure-tone audiometry again, and tympanometry. Then she programmed hearing aids using that audiogram but using my molds and gave them to me to wear in the booth. We did word and sentence recognition with both ears, then she had me remove one hearing aid and do sentence and word recognition, then we did the same in the other ear. At that point she explained we would’ve normally done a repeat of the same testing in background noise, but I already qualified based on my hearing in quiet conditions (yikes…).
My hearing aid audiologist recommended I get a second opinion to help put my wife at ease, so I made an appointment with a different ENT. At that appointment, they did an extensive medical history again, recommended additionally a CT, another audiogram, and a battery of blood tests. They were interested in trying to determine more what caused my loss than to verify I was a CI candidate; they agreed I was and that I would probably do just fine (actually I believe he said “well”). I didn’t end up going forward with this testing; my wife and I discussed it and given the coronavirus situation and all the medical testing we’ve already been through this past year and not wanting to enrich doctors further just to maybe, maybe answer “Why?” we decided it wasn’t worth it (and this ENT straight up told me even while recommending all this stuff that most of the time they never figure out why and I have been through enough batteries of tests with no answer in the last couple of years).
What was it like for you?