Hi, I’m a middle aged English woman living in Ontario.  I have a profound, progressive bilateral SNHL. This blog is about my life since becoming a cochlear implant owner. It’s a Med El Sonata with a Flexsoft electrode array and it’s implanted in my right ear.  The left ear has a Siemens Centra SP hearing aid.

My hearing loss wasn’t diagnosed until I was 40. To start with I didn’t realise that I was hard of hearing, then I didn’t appreciate how bad it was. How can you tell if you have nothing else to compare it with? I and most other people just thought I had no attention span,  or was stupid, or difficult, or bloody minded. Eventually a doctor at work told me that I should insist on seeing an ENT specialist. My GP was less than polite about it and asked me “How do you know you are deaf?”. My answer? That until a few days before seeing her I had not realised that mosquitoes made a noise. Hah, that shut her up.

The ENT man pronounced me severely hard of hearing. He said that I would have had some loss all my life and was amazed that I had completed secondary education and even more amazed when I told him what I did for a living, he said I must be a determined woman.

I was given bilateral hearing aids and over the years as my hearing worsened I went through several aids. In the past few years it was becoming increasingly difficult to cope even with state of the art aids and I asked to be referred for a cochlear implant.  I was implanted in June 2009 at Sunnybrook in Toronto.

This blog is about my life since then. My earlier blog posts at Blogger have been imported into this one.

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12 responses »

  1. I just wanted to thank you again for offering your Phonak FM system. I checked with my audi and discovered the boots alone would be over a thousand. I can’t imagine why and can’t really justify the expense for only half a system when I could get a complete FM system for less through the Harris catalog. I realize it may not be the same quality, but I also think Phonak charges for their ‘name’ on a product. In any case, I’m just miffed at them. But I really do appreciate your generous offer. It’s great to hear you’re doing so well with your CI.

  2. HI Mog, just stumbled across yer blog. Will read some more tomorrow.
    I Live in Scotland and was implanted with advanced bionics C.I last august. Im 9 months since switch on and loving it.
    Look forward to reading more of your blog.
    🙂

  3. Hello,
    I’m searching for information about CI’s. I’m scheduled for May 10 and have Med_El and Cochlear to choose from. Is there any advice anyone has for me. I am a 60 yr old woman in Vt. and have been hard of hearing all my life. My good ear is severe to profound loss and my left ear will be getting the implant.

    • Hi Ruth, thanks for reading and commenting. I can’t compare the two for you of course but I can say that I am very happy with my MedEl. I like the size and shape, it’s comfortable. I like the remote to change volume, programme, t switch etc but most of the time I never make any changes. I really do love still having residual hearing when my CI isn’t on. I feel happier having a few environmental low noises around me.

      I really don’t think that there is a bad choice to make. Have you tried models of both behind your ear to see if one is more comfortable than the other?? That might help you decide.

      Good luck with the surgery, won’t be long before you can hear again

  4. Thanks for writing such an informative blog.

    My ENT gave me a referral to Dr. Lin & to the Sunnybrook CI Program. How long does the process take to get an Implant? Do you have any tips about the process?

    • Hi there. Glad you find the blog useful. As my implant was 2 years ago I can’t give you an idea of how long it takes right now. For me, from referral to activation was around 9 months. Good luck and contact me if you have any questions

      • Thanks for the reply. I just wanted an approximate timeframe. My ENT and his office was of no help. They just said that Sunnybrook will be in contact. Meanwhile, my remaining hearing is dwindling rapidly. Hopefully, my audiologist will be more forthcoming and more helpful later this week. And I’ll be sure to go into the Canadian Hearing Society to seek their help.

        Did you get rid of that GP? I hope so!!!

    • Hi, I’ll be following your blog with interest. i’m curious about why you are not using the hearing aid, I wore mine and was advised to do so. Life is easier with it in and I found it helped me get used to the CI.
      You’re very early in your Ci’s life so listening in noise will get better. Your maps will be changed to improve on this as well as your ability to hear with the CI. I am still improving after 2 years. Get some eargear for those fishing trips!

      • Rkaldor – I’m enjoying reading your blog, too. I liked your post comparing your look after surgery with Van Gogh. It was really fitting.

        🙂

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