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Old 05-01-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Lake Grove
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Hello. A person very close to me is considering a cochlear implant. This person was born deaf, and has a tiny bit of hearing that is helped a little with hearing aids, and the person also lip reads. The surgeon, a Dr. Andrea Vambutas of Northwell Health, formerly known as North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System, who is also a professor and researcher, believes this person is the perfect candidate for a cochlear implant.
My question is what are the experiences with these devices? I've been told that the technology has vastly improved over the years. I've also been told that after the implant, any cure that may be discovered won't be applicable to that ear. The person considering the implant is 38 years old, is obviously quite limited in life, cannot use a telephone, and doesn't understand music. Any comments are welcome. Thank you.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:53 PM
 
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If that person can do it, do it. My daughter LOST her hearing due to drug interactions in her 40's and talk about a shock, no hearing. She had the cochlear and it's saved her. She would like a newer one due to advanced technology, but insurance is fighting her.

House Clinic doctor here in LA did her implant.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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If that person can do it, do it. My daughter LOST her hearing due to drug interactions in her 40's and talk about a shock, no hearing. She had the cochlear and it's saved her. She would like a newer one due to advanced technology, but insurance is fighting her.

House Clinic doctor here in LA did her implant.
Does she hear like she did before?
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Old 05-01-2016, 06:58 PM
 
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She hears, nothing is like before. Damn drugs. Noise around her is tough. There is a chance over her lifetime some of the hairs may grow in the other ear, she lives with that hope. She is totally deaf when she takes off the apparatus to make her hear. That young mother has been thru so much. But she can hear and talk to her children and others.

I would think there are support forums for people dealing with this implant. There seems to be one for everything.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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A tinnitus support group would be a good place to start. They're headquartered in Portland, but there's lots of stuff on the web, and groups in most cities as well. My tinnitus came from an incompetent doctor that over prescribed antibiotics and kept me on them way too long, even though I complained about the ear ringing, and now I have it forever. Fortunately I haven't had to go to an implant, and diet and stress control really help to manage it. Prescription drugs can damage your hearing just as much as recreational drugs, along w/ too much exposure to loud noise.

Your friend does sound like a good candidate for an implant, especially as they have some hearing.
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