Originally Posted by Beowulf
Exactly. And in all the literature I have been given to read (and two CD's to watch), nowhere are Cons mentioned. That to me is lying. Why do they lie? I was seriously thinking of getting an implant (for professional reasons), but now I just dunno. There is something wrong with the whole picture and I find it disgusting. The only people in here who are purely and unabashedly pro-CI are HEARING. Oh come on.
1. No one has ever mentioned to you and none of the literature you've read notes that surgery is involved? (this is pretty major in itself -- probably the most significant con)
2. Cochlear risks outlined on website
3. Advanced Bionics risks outlined on website
4. FDA: benefits and risks of cochlear implants
5. FAQs on all 3 of the major CI companies outlined surgery and follow-on auditory rehabilitation processes, as well as providing statistics for outcomes
6. If you talk with your surgeon about it, he or she will emphasize risks far beyond any benefits, you'll receive a great deal of info. this once you get past the casual interest level.
These are just the tip of the iceberg, the first things you would encounter on day one of your research. If you really are considering, though, I recommend contacting several people who are in roughly your situation (whether pre or post lingually deaf, implanted as adults, etc., and see what they've found after implantation).