I am not really " advertising" but I feel compelled to say that The Cleveland Clinich Head and Neck institute, Did a good evaluation for me. They tested me with no aides then tested me with aides ( gave me 3 month's to adapt to the aides) then brought me back retested me with aides. They then began discussing more about the implants. For me it took almost 1 yr from the beginning process of evaluation to the actual surgery. I am late Deaf. Lost my hearing at 23 but was born deaf in left ear. Your situation seems almost like mine. I could talk some with Ha's they made lipreading alot easier for me. But without lipreading I could not understand a thing. pre- implant I was on a down slope from 90db -105db. The HA's helped but was minimal. Now with the CI I am hearing 500hz -20db on up to 10 db across the board. I am one of the lucky ones to be able to do this without any real therapy. I just watch alot of stuff on youtube and practice practice. Thought I would chime in here since our situations seem sorta alike. Oh and welcome to the board!