Originally Posted by Fl885
That's very interesting, so how do you compare your CI now to your hearing aid, did you say you have the CI for like 7 years? do you actually hear better with the CI, louder, speech better or not?
Yes I know the loudness thing, LOL, I'm too a loudness junkie
I used to have 95-120db loss and had worn hearing aids all my life, I say that having CI beats HA hands down, it gave me much more clairty, and I was able to hear the high frequenices for the first time such as like birds singing. I would say it is louder but at very comfortable level without blowing your ear drums out (such as if I turn up any more on my HA all I get was distorted sounds and my ear drums tickles with the vibration from the HA), I can hear speech better but not enough to understand without lipreading (FYI - I was deaf since birth and implanted at 30.5), although I do talk to my mum on the phone, can follow word to word with audiobooks/reading book at same time correctly, in my auditory therapy I get 70's without lipreading but in the real world, not at all. I find back ground noise difficult but it's better than it was with HA. I had my CI 2.5 years, it does help with lipreading greatly, helps me to enjoy music more.