Tomorrow I go for my two hour evaluation appointment for a cochlear implant. All I know is I’m afraid. I have nerve damage in my left ear since I was young. I’ve been able to use a hearing aid to hear out of that ear with the hearing I have left. So many things going through my mind. One audiologist I’ve seen to re-program my Oticon hearing aid for my left ear says I won’t like the implant, don’t get it. My stomach is in knots. I’ve read and communicated with some posters here that say they wondered why they waited so long. This has given me panic attacks.
One question I have is that without the hearing aid in my left ear, I can barely hear at all. With my hearing aid, I’m fine. I know it takes rehab and several weeks for the implant to be activated. How do you decipher your hearing when with one ear and a hearing, you hear ok, but with the other ear, it’s mechanical. Doesn’t that get confusing?