Originally Posted by ambrosia
From what I just read about it the ABR tests are done on adults if there's hearing loss in only one ear, or more severe loss in one ear than the other. I guess this happens sometimes one something's up with the nerve? They probably want to do the test because if there IS something wrong with your auditory nerve a CI won't work. At least I wouldn't think so since a CI bypasses your ear's hearing mechanisms and puts the sound via electrodes straight to the nerve.
My question is....do they already know what caused your hearing loss in the first place? Because if they do, and it doesn't involve the auditory nerve, testing for it seems silly.
My hearing loss is/was a direct result of a severe skull fracture. I was completely deaf for 2 years, at which point surgery was performed on my ears to repair ossicles. Afterwards I was still deaf in left ear but only severe loss in right. Recently I progressed to severe/profound in my right. My loss is mostly conductive, with a small bit of sensorial loss. I've only had aids for 2 years. Year and a half with a BiCROS system, and now several months with my Naida and pursuing an implant for the left.
These are my options right now:
1. Get another UP hearing aid for left ear and postpone seeking an implant.
2. Get a BiCROS aid for left ear and postpone seeking implant.
3. Continue pursuing implant in the present.
Going to ask Audi's opinion tomorrow. I've never had a regular aid in my left ear, so I'm curious to see if it would help me locate sounds (ie have directional hearing). Not expecting to hear/understand speech with it.