Special in every way, but special in this instance as Sunnybrook has only put in 4 of this type of implant and electrode combo before. All with good results, some better than others.
The bit embedded in my skull is a Med-El Sonata implant.
The electrode that goes into the cochlear is a FlexSoft electrode array.
This image shows you the anatomy and placement of the implant and the electrode.
The bit on the outside of my head will be an OPUS 2 in Bordeaux Red, as shown here in the second photo, isn’t that yummy??
That’s the bit that comes of at night, when showering, swimming etc. Without that I won’t be able to hear in the right ear, in the same way that I can’t hear without my hearing aids.
I had the staples removed today, that was relatively painless, more ouchy than pain. Now that they are out the pain in my scalp/head/outer ear is much, much less. I now have the added bonus of some excellent scabs to pick at. Someone in my life used to save scabs, who was it? Own up!
They did a quick hearing test of the right ear to see if there was any residual hearing there. Which there is, but it’s slight and should improve once the gunked up blood has cleared from the middle ear. They told me that the surgery went very well with no complications, so maybe I was imagining that a horse had kicked me in the side of the head?
Activation is two weeks on Thursday, and then a series of appointments to go back and have adjustments done while I learn to hear anew.