Hi all. I am new here. I have had HAs for 10 years, and my audiologist is suggesting that I consider a CI. I fought it, but a scare at work (where I completely missed a very important discussion because of my hearing) has me moving towards one now.
I told a doctor friend of mine, who talked to a CI surgeon friend of hers at Rutgers. The guy has done over 800 implants, so it sounds like he’s top notch. But I live 1,000 miles away, near New Orleans. My audiologist is encouraging me to see a surgeon who is nearby, but the Rutgers doctor said he has never heard of the nearby surgeon, and is skeptical. Rutgers doctor said I could travel up there. He also suggested a surgeon about 150 miles away, in New Orleans, and a guy at Vanderbilt, who appears to be top notch. I am leaning towards the New Orleans surgeon.
But I wonder. How often do I need to see the surgeon? I wouldn’t think much. And do I need to use an audiologist connected to the surgeon for my mapping? Again, I would not think so.
Basically I want to put together the best team I can.