Since there seems to be interest, and to avoid derailing other threads, I am going to tell my cochlear implant story here. This is a work in progress, at the time of this post i have only been activated for about 2 weeks. To give the backstory, I will have use a few posts here at the start to avoid this becoming a giant wall of text.
I started out with good hearing, the last time I was tested in school (5th or 6th grade) I could hear any beep that the machine could make, the tester even remarked on how well I heard.
This changed at some point in my 30’s, I can’t tell you exactly when but eventually I noticed that I was having trouble understanding in noise, but the real telling point was a new job that required me to spend more time on the phone, just enough to tell me I had trouble. I did the denial thing for a while, I have allergies for enough things that it was easy to tell myself it was just that my ears were plugged, I kept changing allergy meds, looking for something that worked, even tried allergy shots. Hearing never got better. So I finally went for a hearing test.
My primary physician was part of a group that had an audiologist in it so that is where I went. Testing showed a moderate flatish loss in my left ear and some mild loss in my right. Since it was asymmetric the next stop was an ENT for some testing to rule out things like nerve tumors and such. That was fine and so I was fitted with a Resound half shell aid. Until I found this forum I never knew that there were places that would let you trial different aids, every place I have been you bought them and then could return them within 45 days for a refund less a restocking fee, that NY limits to 10% of the cost.
So now I could hear again, at least for definitions of hear that we are used to. Eventually my right ear declined more, although my left generally kept ahead of it. About 3 years ago I was looking for new aids and using discounts through HLAA and what my insurance would cover I got a pair of Starkey Muse 2400 RICs for just about $2,000 out of pocket.
Then I got a promotion and moved. Was recommended a new hearing place here that serviced Starkey’s, went to them a couple of times, but they were one of the chains and I was not really happy with them. I am sure they are fine for the average patient but I was not getting what I wanted.
So looking around I found a new Audiologist, Is an hour drive but they do REM among other things and were well recommended. They have become one of the first of Dr. Cliff’s recommended practices so I guess I chose right.
That is were the CI part of the story begins and I will pick that up in my next post but one last thing here. Just so that it does not get lost, here is my last test prior to implantation.
Hearing Test 20190510.pdf (254.9 KB)