So, I went to the hospital today for my last appointment.
I spoke the intake doctor and the surgeon. The intake doctor asked me if I was sure and we talked a bit about the implant and the processor I wanted. Then the surgeon came in, and we talked about which side to implant, the length of the electrode (probably 28mm, he did some quick measurements on the CT scan), the risk of side effects like losing taste, the fact that residual hearing will probably be lost, and stuff like that. I signed some papers for the insurance, and went back home.
The things I did at the appointment:
- Pick a processor: I picked a white SONNET, one with the acoustic part included.
- Pick the implant system: I’ll have the SYNCHRONY with the new fancy schmancy rotateable magnet that allows MRI scans. The surgeon said there are actually 2 separate, rotateable magnets in the case.
- Decided the ear that will be implanted: I decided I want my right ear to be implanted. This is the “better” ear of the two, I also read that the right ear usually has slightly better results if both ears have comparable hearing loss. The surgeon added that the left part of the brain (connected to the right ear) usually processes language and speech, while the right part (connected to the left ear) processes music better. I honestly don’t hear much of a difference between my ears, so right ear it’ll be.
- Signed the papers for the insurance: All the required documents have now been sent to the insurance, and it’ll take about three months before I can expect a reply. After I have received a reply, the surgeon will tell me the possible surgery dates.
Maybe if I end up losing all residual hearing in my right ear due to the implantation, I could wear the SONNET with an earmold in my left ear with a longer cable, so I’d have the acoustic input in my left ear, and full electric stimulation in my right ear.
Lol, I want to do crazy stuff. Can’t wait.
Anyways, we’ll see. The waiting game has begun…
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