Some "Hopefully" Good...maybe even GREAT news

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  1. Mr Cairo

    Mr Cairo Require backup .... NO

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    Great news this mapping thing and the whole implant its just awesome glad this is going well for you and hope it continues to do so :)
     
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  2. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Not only is the device programmable, called "mapping", it's also upgradeable. They are telling me that there are features in the works that, when they become available, I'll be able to avail myself of any developments down the road simply by upgrading the program.

    A very minor, yet a bit of concern to me, has been how well I would be able to wear hats. Almost no one recognizes me if I'm not wearing my hat! LOL! Glad to report that there's really no problem. I can simply put my hat on by sliding down onto the processor...which is held to my head by a magnet...and then let the hat continue to hold it in place. If I shift my hat while wearing it, it can...and has...move the processor away from the implant and has even knocked it off.

    Here is an exact image of what I have...even the correct color....

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  3. Tyrsonswood

    Tyrsonswood HH's curmudgeon

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    Progress!

    Good to see everything is going as planned...
     
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  4. Mr Cairo

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    Hang on I may have missed something so part of this involves them putting a magnet/piece of metal under your skin ?
     
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  5. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Yes, there is a metallic implant under my skin. For this, I have to have a vaccination every 5 years to prevent meningitis. The magnet is in the external component that is attached to the item that sits over the ear.
     
  6. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Dyre, what other part of you is metallic? You're turning out to be the ultimate cyborg lol.
     
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  7. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Here is an actual photo of MY C.I. in operation....

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    Note the scar running at an arc above my ear. That incision continues down behind the ear almost completely to the earlobe. I'm still wondering just how many of my marbles may have fallen out during the surgery. ;)

    Perhaps you can tell now why I had some concern about being able to wear a hat with this.
     
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    Sounds and looks like you went through a hell of a lot for this but then I guess you are going to get a hell of a lot more out of it in the long run
     
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  9. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    The hope above all hopes is that I'll be able to reach at least 80-85% hearing discernment. I could do even better with a lot of work. My brother, two years ago, went through this and went from 20% hearing to 92%. He's considered their star patient down in the Tampa/St. Pete, FL area where his surgery was performed. And, we both now have the same implant....only he has both now.

    If I had to pay for this myself, it never would have happened. The bill that was sent to the insurance for the surgery alone was almost $56K. There was also the MRI back in April, and, on top of the surgeon's fee, there's the anesthesiologist, the audiologist, and back at the very beginning, the Nose, Ears, and Throat Specialist who had to determine whether or not I could be recommended for this.
     
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  10. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Good gripes! How about a hat with softer material, akin to a beanie?
     
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    Wowzer, that operation sure ain't cheap eh? :eek:
     
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  12. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Actually, so far, there's not really a problem with the hats. So long as I slip the side on over the processor first, it actually helps to hold it in place.
     
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  13. Calliers

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    Let us know when you've gone for the first follow up to have some mapping done. :)
     
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    How big is the magnetic part, which seems to be the circular part, right? It looks to be somewhere between a quarter and a half dollar, correct?

    As for hats, what about when you get the second one put in? You say that as long as you slip on the hat with the implant side first, you're OK. But what about once you get the second one put on?
     
  15. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    I'm sure I can simply pull the sides of the hat out while slipping it over the units. And, yes, it's close to the size of a Susan B. Anthony dollar.
     
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    Would having an artist paint a nice texture onto the piece be considered a no-no? ;)
     
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  17. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    We have an "in-house artist" here in the family. Not sure if she's up to the task, though. Do you have a texture in mind? ;)
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Had one of those "ah ha!" moments last night with my younger son. You have to understand that, for nearly 30 years now, I can only carry on a conversation as long as I can read the person's lips.

    So, we were at IHOP, the radio playing in the background and a few other guests chatting away. All of this I was picking up with my implant.

    He decided to do a little word test with me by covering his mouth and saying a word. He said, "Oatmeal." I heard him and repeated it back to him. The look on his face was priceless! He was totally stunned.

    BUT, there's still a very long road ahead for me while I continue to make adjustments and try to understand more and more of what is being said. I've selected to tune the radio in my car to a News-only station and have been able to pick up a few things that are being broadcast. Among those, there's a store that's open 9 to 8, Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday til 5. Also, I've gotten a good bit of the weather forecast. One of the annoyances is that I get a lot of squealing and squawking ... similar to what I remember hearing years ago via a shortwave radio.

    But, all of this understanding without reading lips was impossible for so many years before the implant.
     
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  19. Calliers

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    Baby steps, you'll get there. :)

    It must really be an awesome experience for you huh?
     
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  20. IvanV

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    I'm really happy that you are making such progress. :)
     
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