Planing on getting CI

I met with my ENT yesterday) Monday June 29th in Troy Ohio. I really like this dr. With everyone wearing mask etc, he spoke slowly and clearly enough and looked in my eyes asking me questions even though my husband was right there really made me feel good. I was able to understand pretty much most what he asked and said.

He said that I am highly candidate for CI in both ears. But depending on the insurance they want to do my good ear (left) first in case the INS says only 1 implant and have to wait few years for 2nd. But they said that both of my ears are bad and I qualify.

My next step is to get cat scan done to see the bone density then meet with the CI specialist on July 22nd then I will go back to my ENT on Aug 3rd to go further in what the next step will be. I am really hoping my INS would do both.

They gave be a folder full of Nucleus 7, no other brands but I will be asking when I meet again for other options.

My question is for you.

Which best brand you recommend or like and why? I will tell you what I am looking for. I work in a hot factory so water resistance would be nice, I miss talking on the phone with my mom so phone call is another. Also blue tooth capable.
 

Jane B.

Well-Known Member
In comparing brands you might want to got to this forum https://hearingjourney.com/. It is run by Advanced Bionics but also has a few members with other brands. They do offer the what they call a "T-mic" that sits at the opening to the ear and keeps you from having to hold a phone differently than some one with natural hearing. Also, they offer a couple of different ways to wear a processor that you can even swim with it on. I do not have any connection with AB but think that is the way I would go if I get the chance. This forum is fairly active especially when you consider the type of forum.

In the meantime, for calls with your mom or any other people you might want to consider this app https://www.innocaption.com if you have a phone that uses the Android OS or an iPhone. This is what I have used for years and really like. InnoCaption+ is the full name and they use live stenos. Their site does a good job of explaining what they offer but it is too much to give it all in this post.

Another app that I like for help in understanding in person is Live Transcribe which was developed by Google in cooperation with Gallaudet University (you may have heard of them they do mainly deaf education at the college level and above). This is just for Android phones though. Here is a review from India done in 2019 but it still applies about anywhere. https://yourstory.com/2019/09/app-review-google-live-transcribe-transcription?utm_pageloadtype=scroll
 

Old Analog

Active Member
Not enough info, not a big fan of CI, age and place, may be better now, Don t know, I hear good stories but not all, it's a big step, people who are not deaf can't tell you what your getting, hope it's for you:fingersx::fingersx:
 
I believe CI candidates have to try hearing aids first (for insurance purposes), but if I person qualifies for a CI, it's unlikely HAs will help.
I wear hearing aid in my left ear all my life. I wore one in my right when I was in school til 1994. The doctor said that I qualify for it and he did explain how insurance works with CI's. He said I have to be really bad in both ears which is the case. I can pick up sounds no problem with the aid in left ear but understanding words not much anymore.
 

ricas27

Active Member
I wear hearing aid in my left ear all my life. I wore one in my right when I was in school til 1994. The doctor said that I qualify for it and he did explain how insurance works with CI's. He said I have to be really bad in both ears which is the case. I can pick up sounds no problem with the aid in left ear but understanding words not much anymore.
Let hope you able understand words with CI better.
 

Old Analog

Active Member
I struggle with words, my understanding it's in the brain, getting sound to it with CI, don't know if that will work, hope you know more than me, good luck :fingersx:
 
I struggle with words, my understanding it's in the brain, getting sound to it with CI, don't know if that will work, hope you know more than me, good luck :fingersx:
I can pick up many words, from voices I am familiar with. But if anyone is talking behind me or covered mouth forget it.
 
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