Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bilateral hearing with different CIs

Whenever I come to the hospital, I still see my  poster on the hospital door, of my audiologist. :) It is always so nice to see, they are still supporting me. Thank you!!

I’ve been thinking about my deaf right ear and what to do, to improve life quality! Does anyone have experience with bilateral hearing, using cochlea implants from different manufacturers? I have a Nucleus 5 on my left ear and I want a Med El on my right ear. Can this work out? Would there not be much confusion with the sounds between my two ears? 

Some people report that they hear different with a Med El, than with a Nucleus. I have a strong desire to hear with BOTH ears, but it’s very difficult to make the right decision! :) 

Once I make my choice and get the implant, there is no other way I can exchange it by another. I hope I can collect a lot of information, so I can decide and perhaps go for a surgery. The second thing is, will the hospital pay for another surgery?? I have a good reason and the right to have two ears!! I wonder what will happen if I do not hear with an implant on my right ear… Will I have to give back the speech processor to the hospital? Can I not keep it to practice hearing, even with just a little bit of response/stimulation? As you know, I would be ready to completely take off my device on my left ear, just so I can train my right ear… and this is going to make a difference. At least, I’d be ready to give it a try! Thoughts, thoughts …. :)

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