Yes, Deafdude and I have been discussing the possibility of stem cells and he seems to believe that CI's will become Obeselete after stem cells come out as he thinks EVERY deaf person would go for this. I know I would certainly not, I do not want a cure for my hearing loss because it makes me who I am. But some people may not think this
Right now no one knows if anyone who has a CI will be able to benefit from stem cells in the implanted ear. Thats one reason im in no hurry to get CIs. Im afraid ill hurt my chances of getting stem cells in that ear. Ive read that in 10 years there will be human clinical trials and they should grow enough stem cells to improve unaided and aided hearing to the point that HAs give perfect benefits better than any CI.
That is your choice if you don't want any sort of cure. I respect this. I want a cure so I hear better with HAs, can hear some sounds without HAs and hear better than any CI. Why would I get a CI when ill hear much better when an improvement of as little as 20db of hearing makes HAs effecient? I am actually not expecting to be hearing or hear normal with stem cells and I have realistic expectations, that is to simply give me at least 20db improvement in my hearing. Say I have 75db loss at 250Hz, itll get down to 55db. At 1000Hz itll go from 110db down to 90db.
Deafdue seems to think 10 years. Pinky- if you have any questions about ci or anything your welcome to ask me or post on my blog
I cant wait for you to get surgery!!
According to conference i went to last month, Stem cells are still long away off, 15 to 20 years and Yes CI users can have it when it's approved.