Thinking about coclear implants, but have some questions


Question; I believe you said that you have a Resound HA.
Do you use the phone clip for cell phones.
Does the sound stream equally to the HA & CI?
Is streaming better than holding the phone to the CI?

With HA’s I HAVE to “stream”, cannot really understand with only cell phone to HA.


Although one shouldn’t be discouraged from having a CI out of concern for this dilemma. IMHO.


Originally Posted by hlaasdan4
Ok, I have Cochlear. Let me know if you have any questions.

Question; I believe you said that you have a Resound HA.
Do you use the phone clip for cell phones.
Does the sound stream equally to the HA & CI? Can you hear better on the CI side?
Is streaming better than holding the phone to the CI?

With HA’s I HAVE to “stream”, cannot really understand with only cell phone to HA.

P.S. Made a “coffee” that Cochlear put on at a local coffee shop the other day.
Met the local rep. and got to hold the Nucleus 6 and Kanso. She told me the “kits” came with 2 processors, so I could get one of each.
She also brought a “volunteer” and he was a bi-lateral CI wearer.
Was really impressed with their genuine desire to help.


Actually I have an Oticon. Although I do know of some CI users that have the Resound HA in the other ear. There might be some right here in the forum. Good luck!


I’ve been advised that my profound hearing loss is beyond what a hearing aid can serve, and that I’d be an excellent candidate for CI. My left ear is still within range of a hearing aid. I have a question: (1) when a CI processor is removed for the night, is that ear totally deaf or is there some residual hearing left.


Many CI users had very little residual hearing in the implanted hearing to begin with. To the point that they pretty much only heard sounds when it was amplified with an hearing aid. I think more focus should be on what you can gain with the CI than losing what little residual hearing you may have. I don’t even know if I still have any residual hearing left in my implanted ear. I just know that I surely hear better with the CI in that ear than I ever did with the HA. There’s the CI hybrid that I think is supposed to preserve the residual hearing. But I do not know if it’s for those within your hearing loss range? Besides I think generally speaking, they do a better job preserving the residual hearing in cochlear implantations these days? Check with your doctor.


Won’t be long before the internet ent’s arrive… Unless they think they already been here because you high-jacled an old thread.


I have 2 CI’s - first one about 4 years ago, the other 3 years ago. The first one was amazing after adjustments and getting over the funny tones at the beginning. I could hear better than I had in my many years of using hearing aids. I had pretty much become a recluse due to not being able to understand speech.
My second implant was not as good - just do not get the clarity I did with the first one. No one can explain that to me.
I can use my iphone without any other devices, which is amazing in itself! I do have the audio bluetooth clip, which brings telephone conversations to both ears at once.
You should only be able to get one CI at a time - so should be able to hear with your one aid until second one is done. It’s only a few weeks between implantation and activation. I know of people that stayed with only 1 CI and one hearing aid, and were quite happy with that. I guess it depends on your hearing loss.
I’ve had upgrades, now have Cochlear N6. Now thinking about newer devices with just the magnet and not anything hanging on the ear. I have had no mechanical type problems (knock wood) with my implants.


I am in the midst of the experience - my hearing was about the same as your description. You can read it here: Diary of a Cochlear Implant | Mysteries So Bright


My CI surgeon said I might have residual hearing - and that it would be about 20 dB down from my hearing in that ear that I had before the surgery. But there was none left afterwards. But as you say, hlaasdan4, I don’t even notice the loss because I had so little before. My tinnitus is still loud in both ears, just as it was before - I hope that will diminish as time goes on because it still interferes with understanding speech.


Mine is totally deaf - the ringing (tinnitus) is still loud, however, so it seems normal.


I talked with the CI surgeon at a meeting, and he stated that he has had much success preserving hearing in the non-CI ear. He fits Cochlear Americas devices.


You haven’t post your audiogram. Is your hearing across all frequencies below 110 dB?


Just FYI, Here’s fitting criteria.


The ear with the CI gave no response across the spectrum - the test went beyond 110 dB - I don’t have the plot.


My hearing loss is 100 db across the frequencies and will buy the last hearing aid which is the new Phonak Naida B UP up to 82 dB gain.


I attended a training seminar this past week. John, the gentleman that sat next to me, had cochlear implants. I did not discuss them with him. He was fully involved in the training seminar and carried on conversations with others in the class with no difficulty. For him, they were definitely a success.

Over the years, Rush Limbaugh has written several articles about his experience with cochlear implants. Putting politics aside, he is very candid and the articles are very informative.

You can view one here:



Many areas have a chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. We have an active chapter in Bellingham, Washington, and I have found them to be especially helpful. Their guest speakers included a CI surgeon and the director of an audiology clinic where I got a CI evaluation. My AZBio test result was 24%. The audiologists at another audiology clinic in Bellingham decided that new high-output HAs (Resound Linx3d) would do the trick for me for another two years, despite finding my hearing loss above 4kHZ was 110 db down, meaning that speech was nearly impossible to understand. I can’t believe they came to that conclusion. No matter how much energy you pump into an ear with the hair cells unresponsive, the patient isn’t going to hear those critical frequencies.