At my last hearing test my speech discrimination score was low, and I think it’s getting worse even when I wear my aids. And my wife and daughter are complaining about my hearing, again. At my last test the audi and doc both mentioned the possibility of a CI and I could be a candidate. I’ll know more in a couple of months.
And I have questions leading up to my next appointment.
I have a major tinnitus problem in my left ear. Is it likely the CI would do there? How does the CI affect tinnitus?
How common is it for someone 60+ to get two CIs?
Do most people, or people 60+ with a CI also wear an aid on the other side?
I currently wear Phonak aids and from what I’ve read Advanced Bionics and Phonak are compatible, so streaming to both sides with a CI and an aid should be OK. Not being able to stream would be an issue for me.
Here is maybe an odd question: What about wearing a hat? Does the CI interfere with hats? I have a shaved head and I wear a hat when I’m outside and when I play golf a hat is a necessity, so do hats interfere?
Also, with those who have a CI and speech discrimination issues did you have or not have issues using Bluetooth or input devices? If I’m on the phone connected via Bluetooth to my aids I hear the call fine, most of the time. And I hear most of a phone call in the car with the sound coming through the car’s speakers. Or if I’m out in a restaurant or a meeting and I use the Roger I do OK. Without the Bluetooth connection, the Roger or the car I don’t do well at all. Is that due to the direct input to my aids? Did anyone with a CI have same sort of issue where you struggled with aids but did fine with a direct Bluetooth connection.