Rush Limbaugh is stuck on older programming because he won't take the time necessary to allow more current programming to settle in. A good bit of his experience being poor is his own doing. All programming takes time to be optimized by the brain. It's not a flip-on and go kind of deal. He should be using Fidelity 120, but near as I can tell he is using CIS with 6 electrodes (8 is the norm for the strategy with 16 electrodes total.) That is a huge difference between 120 channels, or even 60 channels if he only used half. I am on Cochlear Implant Forums all the time and all sorts of experiences are shared, including the negative. The forums are meant to be there as sources of support from others who have similar situations. If people get angry, it's when they perceive people as trolling. A good bit of what comes up around here is propaganda and it will not go over well in a community that actually does understand and know the experience of using an implant. CI Forums are populated with people who value hearing and are willing to do the work necessary. The arguments against implanting that constantly come up here on a Deaf site will not be tolerated on a CI Forum where a good percentage of them are people who have had normal hearing or parents of children who are profoundly deaf. "Risk of failure" doesn't register very high as a concern the way it does here as it is worth the chance to hear again to them or provide their child with the best possible hearing. Having a positive attitude, as Cloggy pointed out, IS a factor in the whole experience. You focus on the gains and roll with the drawbacks as it is usually an evolutionary process. If you get activated and focus on that the quality isn't what you want while ignoring the fact you can hear frequencies and sounds you couldn't hear before.. you're missing the point. I felt it would be ungrateful to be anything but positive after my activation. I had too much to be grateful for.