I'm not sure whether I will end up with an implant or not, but I have some questions running through my head that I hope someone can answer? They say an implant lasts about 7 years, is that just a general amount of time, but can it last longer? Which brand is best? Then what happens after this, does one have to start at step 1 again, or is the road easier after having one, to get it replaced with another? Another question that I have, if they put in an implant in one ear, what happens to the other ear, especially if one still has a bit of hearing left in it and wears a Hearing Aid in it? Will the sound still be the same as before in that remaining ear or will both ears sound like chimpanzees in the beginning? What happens if the implant goes, and someone does not want another, do they have to have it surgically removed or can it remain in their head indefinitely? Lastly if it is ever removed, will there ever be sound left behind, if there was any left, before the implant was ever put in, or is that permanently gone?