Well, I dreaded this event for years but finally accepted that I needed to do something about it. I had a cochlear implant put in on Nov 29 and turned on Jan 10. I am using the Kanso processor. I had a difficult time deciding to go through with CI but was thrilled when I saw the Kanso. I am having one helluva hard time but I know I an new to it. All noises sound the same..."ding, ding, whistle, ding".....like a doorbell going off with every sound. Is this normal? How long with it last? So far I just did the walk through my house to listen to all the sounds and today I started reading kiddie books aloud to myself in the basement. I can't even even my own voice over the "ding". I plan to read to myself until that gets better and then have my kids read them to me as my speech recognition improves. One HUGE surprise for me was that I kept almost all of my residual hearing after implantation. Everything I read said it would be 100% destroyed. My surgeon told me it would be destroyed. Before activation they tested me and there was only very little lost from previous testing. I told my surgeon I was still hearing sounds in my ear and he told me it was impossible and it was my imagination. My audi said it is becoming more common as surgeons become more proficient. I have been reading this site for 4 yrs now and felt like now was the time to sign up. So.....here I am. You have already provided about 100 hrs worth of reading over the yrs. I thank you in advance for that. So my question is.....when do these dings and whistles go away where I can hear language?