Originally Posted by cdmeggers
From my understanding, the implants may sound terrible at first (computerized, robotic, Donald Duck-like, whatever), but over time, as your brain gets used to how the sounds are being processed through the implants (and with further MAPping sessions), everything starts to sound more "normal". This is what I've learned from multiple CI recipients. Just throwing this out there. The CI recipients I've spoken with online, they all say the computer audios of what the CIs sound like, the actual CI really does not sound like that.
As for digital hearing aids, it is an adjustment to get used to after being used to analogs. I've worn analogs until 9th grade, then I got my first digital. Took me a while to get used to, but not too long for me. I found that things sounded more clearer, and I liked that the digital HA would bring down the background noise a bit. I'm onto my 3rd digital now. With each new digital I get, I always think the new one is a big improvement over the previous digitals I've worn.
Hmmmm...maybe since I have never had any sort of hearing aids before I will adjust quickly to the digital ones. I truly hope they do help. While the little buggers don't come cheap, they are still far less expensive than the implants. I have only just recently been granted SSI/Disability....and not sure if Medicaid/Medicare will even cover the cost of implants and "installation" fees if the hearing aids don't work.
I would happily try stem cell therapy if that were offered as an option...not only is it far less expensive...but in the research I've done it has proven to be pretty effective in people fortunate enough to be able to get it.
Ah well, I guess I will cross the implant bridge if I come to it. In any case...keep your fingers crossed that Nov. 8 will be a good day!