Why don't you like cochlear implant?

cammomile

New Member
I just curious, while browsing about cochlear implant and found out that many deaf people don't like cochlear implant, while others love it so much.

I think I know why we love it, because we can hear better with it rather than with hearing aids. But I wonder why some of us doesn't like it?

For those who don't like it, can you tell me the excuse? Thank you very much!
 

hearingabc

New Member
There are some reasons due to which people avoid using the cochlear implant. First of all people have to remove it before going for swimming. It is quite tough to handled by a sport person.

Also it required batteries which needed to be changed regularly. People can't go through some medical treatment also due to cochlear implant.

Regards
 

overthepond

New Member
FYI Hearingabc,

Removing the cochlear implant/s for swimming/shower from your ear is no difference to removing hearing aid/s....

Yes it requires alot of batteries, thats why we need to accept the consquences, I change my battery nightly to recharge... took no more than 2 seconds and i am with sound on daily bias. I carry spare with me just in case but in the last 2 years i only had been caught with dead battery (both battery were faulty)

There are other ways round the medical treatments. Techology is advancing fast!
 

Frisky Feline

Well-Known Member
are you speaking of someone who already had CI and dislikes it or someone chose not to have CI?

I am not sure about your clearly question.
 

RonJaxon

New Member
Most of the posts you read here on this forum that are against the CI are from people who do not have one. Some choose not to get it and that's all fine. But what bugs me is when they don't have one and act like they are experts about them. If they say, "I won't get the CI for the fallowing reasons" then I'll listen to them. But when those who do not have one say things like "Sounds don't sound right with the CI" or "There are more risks then benefits" are the kinds of comments that bug me from people who have not gone through it or experienced the CI.

Much of the negative comments you read on line about the CI are old outdated information and opinions. The sound quality is much, much better today then it was 10 years ago. And in another 10 years it'll be much better then today. The CI technology is constantly improving. They've learned that the external processor could be upgraded and adjusted to prevent future surgeries. They've learned that more electrodes give crisper sound.

Also some of the ones who complain about things not sounding right are:
A) People who where born deaf and hear for the first time ever with the CI.
B) People who use to be able to hear, went deaf or HOH then got the CI and complained things didn't sound like they remember.

In either of the above cases the ones who complain about sound quality are usually the ones who did not give themselves time to adjust to it. I say this by my own personal experience as well as talking to others who have the CI. It's not an overnight change. It requires time and effort but sounds do eventually sound natural. 5 months ago I could not hear a thing. 4 months ago voices sounded like squawks and Zzzzzzz. Today I'm listening to music, talking on the phone and watching TV shows and movies with out subtitles. I'm not suggesting everyone will have the same level of hearing but sounds do get clearer to everyone who has the CI in time. Nothing sounds right to anyone at first but it always improves to some degree for all of us.

My CI takes 2 batteries and those two last about a day and a half. That's much longer then any of the hearing aids I've worn in my life and I wore them from the 4th grade till my late teens. To date (5 months since activation) I have not had to spend a single penny on batteries because of the supply that came with mine and I've still got another 6 months of batteries left.

I could never wear my HA while swimming or in the shower or even to bed. I remember a time when I couldn't even wear them in heavy rain. I can wear my CI in the rain.

Ron Jaxon
 

sallylou

Potterhead and Janeite
Premium Member
The original poster asks a loaded question. Sort of like, "When did you start beating your wife?" lol Why would anyone need an "excuse" to not like something? It's like saying, "Justify your existence."

There are several threads here in which people discuss their thoughts about CI. There are so many people here with so many different kinds of hearing loss and life circumstances that it's impossible to generalize. Ultimately, each person makes the best decision for herself that she can, considering the benefits and limits of any particular technology. I believe that we should support each other no matter what our individual decisions are.
 

faire_jour

New Member
The original poster asks a loaded question. Sort of like, "When did you start beating your wife?" lol Why would anyone need an "excuse" to not like something? It's like saying, "Justify your existence."

There are several threads here in which people discuss their thoughts about CI. There are so many people here with so many different kinds of hearing loss and life circumstances that it's impossible to generalize. Ultimately, each person makes the best decision for herself that she can, considering the benefits and limits of any particular technology. I believe that we should support each other no matter what our individual decisions are.

I think the OP has a first language that is not English. I think they meant "what is your reason" not "excuse". I think it was just poorly worded (could be wrong though...)
 

sallylou

Potterhead and Janeite
Premium Member
It would be a translation issue. Then again, I know some people from Indonesia whose English is impeccable.
 

rick48

New Member
There are some reasons due to which people avoid using the cochlear implant. First of all people have to remove it before going for swimming. It is quite tough to handled by a sport person.

Also it required batteries which needed to be changed regularly. People can't go through some medical treatment also due to cochlear implant.

Regards

Please do not present misinformation.

People with cochlear implants have and are playing sports such as football, baseball, softball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and field hockey at the high school and college levels.

If the unspecified medical treatment you are referring to is an MRI, cochlear implants are now MRI compatible.

When you think about the percentage of time one actually spends swimming during the course of a year, it is hardly a valid reason for not getting a cochlear implant.
 

WeeBeastie

New Member
It's not that I don't "like" CIs. It's more that I don't feel that level of intervention is necessary for my child.

As for other people and their kids, I don't really care what they choose. It's not my place to care. All that matters is that they put their child first and make educated decisions.
 

Banjo

Expelled
Premium Member
Please do not present misinformation.

If the unspecified medical treatment you are referring to is an MRI, cochlear implants are now MRI compatible.

Not 100%, and most certainly not for all cochlear implants.

Are MRI scans safe with a cochlear implant?

The magnetic field in MRI scanners exerts force on any magnetic materials in the vicinity. This can be an issue for people with some cochlear implants, particularly those with a fixed magnet.

If you have one of the Nucleus® 24 range of cochlear implants you can have and MRI scan;

• up to 1.5 tesla leaving the magnet in place during the scan.4
• over 1.5 tesla and up to 3.0 tesla by temporarily removing the magnet in a simple, outpatient procedure.
Using a cochlear implant, FAQ's | Cochlear Australia
 

cammomile

New Member
I think the OP has a first language that is not English. I think they meant "what is your reason" not "excuse". I think it was just poorly worded (could be wrong though...)

Hello! yes you're right, I'm really sorry for the wrong word :ty:
I'm Indonesian and poor in English, but I do want to communicate with you all, because in Indonesia, not enough adult cochlear implant user to share with......... Thank you very much for all your answer, and for participating in my thread, love you all! :wave:
 

sallylou

Potterhead and Janeite
Premium Member
Thanks for clearing that up, cammomile. I wish you the best in getting a CI. I can't help you with that but there are other people here who can. Good luck!
 

lkayne

New Member
I like the CI

I was not able to keep the N5. I hope to try it soon. The Freedom is what I have had for five years. It is really good. It is bad when I can't find batteries for it in KCMO. I do get to pay a small price for batteries, I have ran out a couple of times so I feel empty when I do not have batteries and can't find a place that sell the batteries. Only one place I know of is open in KC and it close at noon. I will have to wait until Monday to get me some batteries. I have ordered some from Cochelear Americas but it can take 8 to 10 days before I get them. Also with the N5 you can test and see what is wrong with your device. I can't figure out if it is my batteries or the implant on the freedom.

I am really satisfied and the hearing is like normal. I have heared earlier in my life. Regular hearing aid batteries were really not good for me because I still could not understand what some people were saying. Leave alone sitting in a group. The Freedom is a lot better. I had to send my N5 back because I had a problem with my ear and will try it later when I can wear it and test.

If you do know where they do sell batteries for the cochlear in KCMO let me know.
 

drphil

Active Member
Off hand since I triggered the process to get my Cochlear Implant There is no reason not to get one as far as I was concerned. 3 years later- still no regrets.
I have an Advanced Bionics Harmony Atria and use rechargeable batteries which last about a day. Recharged over night.
Swimming was mentioned. I go swimming 7 days a week and my Implant is stored in the special case in my
swimming bag. till about a half hour after swimming- which is just a short period of time for my head to completely dry. Just by habit-reconnect when get home. I have been doing this for 3 years now. As a matter of habit-make sure to take off the Implant before putting on swimming trunks.-also if it is pouring rain outside without an umbrella.
Fortunately, no plans for brain surgery! Though the Implant is obvious-I sure a surgeon can deal with it.
As mentioned before it is an individual choice on whether one wants an Implant or use ASL as the only communication means. This choice didn't exist say 30-35 years ago.

Advanced Bionics Harmony Atria activated Aug/07
 
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