Originally Posted by Cloggy
Sorry... as far as I know, after CI, this kind of treatment wouldn't work.
This was one of the reasons we considered waiting with CI for Lotte, but this technology was still in research fase... We didn't want to wait... and we're glad we didn't..
You'll have to wait for the "Middle-Inner-Ear transplant"....
Otherwise.... yes... I agree.. "I think stem cell is better alternative to CI" .. but in time.. If it can get the hearing up to "HOH" instead of "No hearing"... there might not be an incentive..
The CI technology is much faster than I expected. There is no Nucleus 5 for people with Nucleus 22 and not know if CI will make one, however they did with Freedom for N22 but... only problem is shorter battery and performance difference. My ENT doctor told me that he recommended to replace the implant with newer, most recent one but I'm not interested for now.
Yup, It isn't problem if you implant your daughter with CI at earlier because she could develop the oral languages, however for me, it is different because I got CI at late childhood and had failed speech therapy for many years. I told my parent about it isn't worth to get CI if I don't fare with speech therapy so they didn't care. After one year of CI, my parent regretted to implant me with larger out of pocket expense because I couldn't hear any exact sound in languages, except for hear yelling all time so tried to get programmed but no success so I decided to gave up.
For stem cell, if they do restore to some hearing aka HoH but can be easily assist with regular hearing aids, I guess so.