On May 1st, I saw the audiologist and ear doctor and as my ear doctor said…..”Your hearing sucks!”
On my hearing tests the word recognition in my left ear was again 0%, and the right ear was 28%. So it’s pretty obvious I don’t understand a lot of what’s being said.
On Friday, May 4th, I had the official hearing test to determine if I am a candidate for a Cochlear Implant. Yes! I am!!
Next step. Insurance authorization. It can take 4-6 weeks. During this time I need to decide which device I want (there are 3 available, and each have some pros and cons…so a lot of reading and research). Also, during this time I need to think of any questions I may have, and be prepared to ask them all. However, I understand the surgery, how the cochlear implant works, how I’ll be hearing differently, and most everything I can think of right now. I’m sure questions will arise though.
After the insurance approves everything, we just have to schedule the surgery…and it’s go.
About 2 weeks after surgery they will turn the device on. I’ve been warned I may not hear much at first. As time goes on my doctor thinks I will hear better and better. If after a few months I feel I’m hearing better out of my left ear than my right, it is a VERY big possibility that by the end of this year I may be getting a second CI. They say if you need 2 it’s better to get them close together if possible.
I was told that I am in a good place about all of this, I’ve only recently lost my hearing and people who get CI’s who recently lost their hearing normally do much better.
Right now, I’m excited at the possibility of hearing again…but cautious. I know hearing through a CI is not the same as hearing normally. I understand all surgery carries some risk. So naturally I’m cautious.
But how would you feel if you were told that in just a couple of months you could go from 0% word recognition, to hearing again. Yes, I know I may not understand everything in the beginning…heck, I may not understand anything….but it will come. I will be able to hear again.
**In other news about me…… The migraines are so much better!!! I had another round of steroids, and hopefully they have stopped the cycle. (There is some doubt right now that I have Intracranical Hypertension. If I do, it has not escalated, and the medication that should help didn’t help much. The migraine treatments have helped much more. My last lumbar puncture did show high CSF, but not very high. Actually, it was pretty low in comparison to most people who have IH…..so we don’t have to worry about a shunt any time soon, hopefully, never!)