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Cochlear Implant for Single Sided Deafness

I had severe to profund sudden hearing loss in the right ear with roaring tinnitus on 25th Nov 2013.  Steroid therapy started within 12 hours and later intera tympanic injections for 1 month but no recovery. I live in Pakistan.  In Feb 2014 i went to USA where doctors advised that the best possible option for me is to get a cochlear implant (CI).  I have also consulted doctors in Europe and Pakistan and they are also of the view that i should get a CI since would also help in reducing tinnitus.  Traditionally it was thought that CI is not suitable for people with SSD but now research in Europe has proved that it is better than other options like BAHA.

If anyone has any comments, knowledge or experience of a CI with SSD please share with me.  I have planned to get implanted in June 2014.

Fahed
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The doctors are correct--cochlear implants are one great option for SSD.

At this point, you should be researching the three main CI companies, sifting through the information and research posted on their websites. While looks have some importance, I would focus on hearing performance. Look at hearing performance in noise, because that is the most realistic condition.

Also look into their history of problems with internal and external devices, because two of the companies have had issues. Only one has not had a pattern of failures with their internal and external components.

Please come back in July and tell us how you like the device! Best of luck.

BC
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Thanks for your reply.  I really dont have a choice since only MedEL has representative in Lahore-Pakistan. Although i'm getting the surgery done in USA but the follow-up mapping sessions will be carried out in Pakistan.

Is it MedEl that has not had a pattern of failures?

Fahed
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Yes, it is. Med-El also has excellent hearing in noise capability. You are in good hands.
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Fahed89, I have the same type of hearing loss and you are fortunate that you can pay for or have insurance to cover implants for hearing loss on one side. Best of luck to you.
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Yes, you are! Most here in the States will not cover that. They prefer to cover a bone-anchored device, which is also wildly expensive.
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I became SSD in January 2011 due to a medical negligence. My GP prescribed me an cytotoxic ear drops to "help healing" my perforated ear drum. Two weeks after that I was totally deaf in me left side ear. Three years has passed since I became deaf. I have tried a BioCross hearing aid, but I stop using it one month after purchasing it because it blocks my good ear and it gives me contact allergy. I have also tried a BAHA tester for 2 months. I was impressed with BAHA, but very frustated at the same time, because I was not able to guide myself by the sound and to filter the background noise. The feedback noise was also very annoying! So, last year I decided to go for a CI instead BAHA. I wait one year for the surgery, due to my private health insurance waiting period. My surgery was 2 weeks ago and I'll be activated tomorrow for the first time ever! I'm extremely excited about it! :)
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hope your surgery went well.  My CI surgery was on the 17th of June 2014 but unfortunately nerve for taste was damaged and now tongue  feels as if it has been scorched. it is nearly 3 months and there is no improvement. I'm still trying to get used to the sounds which i hear through the implant. At the moment i cant adjust with it but it would not be fair to comment so early. Lets hope for the best.
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