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Have two Ci's and one has gone quiet

Enquiry: I have bilateral CI's and I have noticed for the last few weeks my left CI is getting really quiet. I had it tuned recently but it sounded like no change. Is common it have one quieter? Reply: Without all the details of your hearing loss and the whether there was a gap between having your two implants, this is a tricky query. Especially as there are so many scenarios and reasons for the one co...

Posted on October 28, 2013 15:20

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Hearing in my good ear suddenly much worse

Enquiry : I had a cochear implant September 2010 and have been delighted with it. However in the past year the hearing in my other ear (which prior to implant was my "good" ear) has deteriorated to such an extent that I am now almost totally deaf when I am not "switched on". In the first year after the implant I could still manage to hear in some situations without the implant "switched on". The deterioration in my "good ear" was much faster than any deterio...

Posted on August 21, 2012 10:35

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Preparing for a second implant

Enquiry : My son is currently undergoing assessment for a second implant. We were initially told that he fell into the criteria and his case would be taken forward on that basis. However they now have some concerns that he scored so badly on the specch perception tests with his hearing aid alone- he is very reliant on his implant and although is able to hear sounds through his aid he struggles to perceive speech. I, maybe naively, thought this would make him a...

Posted on January 23, 2012 13:22

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Information about bilateral implantation

Enquiry : Parents of a 5 year old are considering the benefits of a sequential implant for their very able son. Please could you direct me to good research material to help them with their decision? I have given them a copy of the 2009 'user experience' document comissioned by the RNID. Reply: There is an excellent website which should help parents with this decision. It is

Posted on January 18, 2012 19:13

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12 year old not using her second implant

Enquiry: I am teaching a 12 year old girl who received her second implant 18 months ago. She wears her second implant religiously every day but whenever I check whether it is working or not, the batteries are flat. I want to encourage her to take responsibility for this. She would say immediately if her first implant was not working. Her parents say that they have encouraged her to wear it at home but they also realise that although she wears it, it is oft...

Posted on December 13, 2011 09:11

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Implants from different manufacturers

Enquiry: Are there any users out there who have two different implants from different manufacturers? Reply: This can occur although it is very rare. It can also work well. There are usually very specific reasons for choosing to have the second implant from a different manufacturer to do with properties of the implant itself and perhaps particular problems with the cochlea. For mor...

Posted on October 18, 2011 09:53

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Second implant after 9 year gap

Enquiry: My son has been offered a second cochlear implant; his first implant took place 9 yrs ago. I was wondering if there is anyone with a similar track record as my son, his first implant has been a great success but no guarantees how the 2nd one will be. He is now 14. Reply:At the Ear Foundation we have recently completed some research into young people (10-18years old) who have made the decision ...

Posted on January 26, 2011 15:10

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How to help with second implant?

Enquiry: I have recently taken over working with an eleven year old girl who had her second implant 9 months ago. I tried some listening with the second implant alone and firstly found that the battery was dead. She said that sometimes she doesn't change the battery because it is too loud. I want to encourage her to use the second implant. What is the best way of going about this? Reply: It is certain...

Posted on January 15, 2011 12:01

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