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Deb A

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I have had hearing loss in my left ear since the early 1990s. It didn’t bother me too much because I could still hear out of my right ear. In 2005, I started to lose the hearing in my right ear. My doctor ran several tests, but could not determine the cause. He also tried a number of different remedies to try to get my hearing back, but nothing really worked. I would simply have good days and bad days with my hearing. In 2006 I got a hearing aid. It did help quite a bit at first. Over the years though, its effectiveness diminished. I was having trouble understanding speech. The hearing aid makes everything louder, but not clearer, and if I am in a room with background noise, such as a store, or restaurant, forget it, all I hear is very loud background noise, and not the person talking to me.

 

Eventually, my left ear became my good ear, (scary!) and by summer of 2008 all the hearing in my right ear was gone. With my hearing aid I do OK in one on one situations if the person is talking louder than normal. Talking on the phone is a challenge, even with my extra loud phone, and I use captions when watching TV. The other thing is music sounds so awful now. It just sounds like a bunch of scratchy noises. Without my hearing aid I hear almost nothing. I recently purchased an alarm clock with a shaker attachment. It is wonderful! I can go to sleep now knowing I won’t sleep through the alarm.

 

In fall of 2008 I took the test to see if I qualified for a cochlear implant. Out of 30 sentences that I was asked to repeat, I got one right! Well, I passed that test with flying colors! Yippee, I now qualify for a cochlear implant. I thought I would have my surgery in January or February of 2009, but I hit a snag with my insurance. They told me they would not pay because hearing aids and cochlear implants were excluded from coverage. I did some research and reached out to my company’s VP of HR. I showed her that most of the major insurance companies and Medicare cover Cochlear Implants. She agreed and was able to get our policy changed so they now cover CI surgery.

 

So here it is the first week of June 2009 and my implant surgery is scheduled for next week. I am very excited to finally taking the next step in this journey into better hearing.  I pan to post blogs every step of the way.  If you have any advice for me, or want to ask questions please feel free!

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Trying to edit my profile from my phone and it won't let me! Lots of info needs updated there!
Fun Times Ahead
One Year Ago
Again, when you get connected with the sounds of the world, if you didn't like music much before, don't worry if it still gives you a headache. I do enjoy...
My Denver firends
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. Last week I went back to the Denver area for my 30 year high school reunion. I can't believe how fast 30 years went by.While I was...
Hi Everyone. On my last update I told you all I had a CT scan and had a meeting scheduled with some audi's from Cochlear. Yesterday was the...
Quick Update
3 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. I realize it has been a while since I have posted, but honestly nothing much has changed with my hearing. So belated Happy New Years to you...
San Diego Trip
3 Years Ago
Hi All, I got back from visiting my family in San Diego a few days ago. I wasn't sure how I would do wearing my Lefty processor on vacation, but I...
Hello to all my friends in CI Land! This week I went in for my 2nd mapping on my new ear "Lefty". She is a stubborn one, that is for sure. We...
Hi all, I got my left ear activated this morning and it is a whole different ball game this time around. I am not hearing anything with my left ear...
Yoga anyone?
4 Years Ago
Hi All, Hope everyone is having a good day! I had my post op appointment last week and my doctor said everything looks to be healing nicely. I told...
Hello to all my friends in CI Land. It is another beautiful fall day here in Austin. I love being able to open up the windows and turn off the A/C for a...
Home from Hospital
4 Years Ago
A little more dizzy this time around. Time to take some pills and rest. Thanks to all for the prayers and well wishes. More tomorrow...
Hello to all my friends in CI Land! Hope you are all doing well. Fall has arrived in central Texas and it is an absolutely gorgeous day here! I...
Hi Everyone! I have been reading your posts and sounds like most everyone has had a good summer.  I can hardly believe it has gone by so fast....
A big hello to all my friends out in CI Land! Hope you are all having a nice summer.  I am coming up on my one year anniversary of surgery and...
A nice memory...
4 Years Ago
Hi!Hope all my friends in CI Land are doing well tonight. Today I was watching Oprah, and Dolly Parton was her guest. Near the end of the show Kenny...
Neck Loop solution
4 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. A few weeks ago I mentioned I needed something to help me with phone calls at work. I had heard of neck loops, but was not sure exactly...
Neck Loop part 2
4 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. When I saw Paula on Saturday she let me try out the neck loop she uses with her cell phone. It was a blue tooth model, so it was wireless....
Neck Loop?
4 Years Ago
Hi everyone.I hope this post finds everyone in CI Land doing well. When I use my home phone or cell phone I activate my telecoil and I can hear fairly...
Hi Everyone.Hope you are all doing well out in CI Land.I know I have been off the grid for a while, but I haven't had much new to say until now.I am...
Giving Thanks
4 Years Ago
Hi Everyone!  I am thankful for many things. The health and happiness of my family, friends and dogs. Having a good job, and living in a great...
Travel Notes
4 Years Ago
Hi! I hope all my friends out in CI land are doing well today.  A few weeks ago I posted that I was going on my first trip since being implanted...
A Fun CI Moment
5 Years Ago
Hi Everyone! Hope you all are doing well out in CI Land!  Here is my fun moment: Last night I went to dinner at a lively Tex-Mex restaurant...
Hi Everyone! Today marks 7 weeks since I have been activated. I have to say I really feel I got a part of my life back that I had been missing. My CI...
Settling in
5 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. Well, I think the honeymoon period is over and I am settling in to every day life with my CI. I am feeling good with the progress I have...
Hi Everyone! Well, here it is, day 25 of hearing with my new CI. Every day I am still amazed at all the new sounds I can hear! I walk dogs with my...
Hi Everyone! I don't have a whole lot to report this week. The change is so gradual and subtle, it is hard to tell just how much progress I am...
Hi Everyone! Today is day 11 after activation, and what a week I had.  Monday I took one of my dogs to see the vet. The vet office is a pretty...
Hi Everyone! So far so good on the first 4 days of hearing with my new CI.  I went to work on Thursday morning and could understand quite a bit of...
Activation Day!
5 Years Ago
In some ways I thought this day would never arrive, in other ways, the 2 weeks since surgery has just flown by. I am actually hearing much better than I...
Post-op appointment
5 Years Ago
Yesterday, June 19th, 8 days after surgery, I went in for my post-op appointment,   I saw the P.A. and she said my scar looked real good and that...
Day 4 after surgery
5 Years Ago
I feel good today and decided to go back to work. Lucky for me my job is pretty low stress and I sit at a desk all day, so nothing too physical or taxing. If...
Day 2 after surgery
5 Years Ago
I continue to feel pretty good. My challenge is to slow down and not over do it.  I took a shower today with my very stunning lime green shower cap! It...
Surgery Day
5 Years Ago
Hi Everyone. I had my surgery at 8:00 this morning. I am told it went well. Recovery went well too. I left the hospital about 1:00. I took a little nap...
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