Cochlear Implants Message board

  • View author's info Author Posted on Oct 02, 2005 at 04:45 PM


    I am doing some research on the topic of cochlear implants for the profoundly hearing impaired. I want to know what anyone and everyone thinks about them. As you may or may not know, a cochlear implant is a device that will allow a deaf person to hear again. The procedure is not complicated surgically, and is being performed even on young children with remarkable success. I want to know your reaction. Also, if anyone is willing, I would like to interview you directly and use the interview within the context of my research. (sans personal info of course) Anyone who would like to discuss this with me is quite welcome to contact me. I will supply my email to anyone who wishes it. Thank you for any interest.

    Sincerely,
    Tim
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  • View author's info Posted on Jan 22, 2008 at 09:21 PM


    I was born with a profound hearing loss, grew up with hearing aids, and had a cochlear implant 9 years ago. I'm very happy with it. I'm still technically a deaf guy, still can't talk on phones, but it does enhance my hearing and enabled me to hear things I never could, and it helped with my speech so that I can pretty much talk to anyone without a problem.

    Feel free to shoot me any messages if you have any questions.

    Cheers,
    -Pete
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 05, 2007 at 07:02 AM


    I degreed... I am Hard of Hearing wear my hearing aid since when I am four years old. I like the way I am. I don't like the parent make decision for the child. When the child grow up let them make own decision.
  • View author's info Posted on May 26, 2006 at 11:12 AM


    Cochlear Implants???? I disagree that it is all done invented for deaf and HOH. Why? Because 1) metals are all poison to the bodies. 2) you never know what they may have put in your head that could be use by secret gov't or media or CIA. Such as small chip to track you anywhere on this earth. 3) If anything happens by fall on your head or someone hits your head or anything can cause accident with your head and you can be even killed by that or become retarded or else. Worth it? 4) Doctors want money and will even bride you or parents that you or their children will do better in your life if you or they have CI, some didn't do well with CI. 5) Parents of youngers, are shamed of their deafness or worried to death about how their children will live their life without hearing.

    Many of my friends who have CI are not wearing their devices at all cuz they get tired of wearing it or get headaches often, or can't stand the feeling of it inside their heads or different reasons why they quitted it. None them had it removed yet. Didn't want to be bothered with it. Doesn't sound good to me at all.

    I do not believe in CI and do not want to hear the sounds at all! I hate the sounds and vibes that goes into my eardrums. So annoy! I stopped wearing my hearing aids 2 years ago because it was driving me nuts or freaking me out. Being deaf have longevity to live than hearing people or CI people.
  • View author's info Posted on May 12, 2006 at 04:41 AM


    hai,i thank u for ur photo...nice girl...i'm deaf,i'm working in junior architect,india...i help u for ur friends,love and chating in our life....no problem......ok goodbye... baskar
  • View author's info Posted on Apr 23, 2006 at 05:59 AM


    I have an CI. When I had the operation the Surgeon made a mistake & it ended up getting infected so I now have no hearing whatsoever in my right ear! I have since become quite jaded over the whole CI debate!
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 19, 2006 at 04:30 AM


    I am a profoundly deaf man and have worn hearing aids with success, and like both either regular or digital hearing aids, which works just fine for me. WHY, then why do we need our skull drilled inside for the CI implantation just to achieve the same or better effect? That is almost absurd. If I ever get a CI, it will only be because everybody gets them and gets the jobs that I don't get and then I would be literally stuck, for the absurdity of it having my head drilled by a surgeon just so I can improve and get a job. Get this: My English is above average or better than the normal hearing person, so I sure as "Hades" didn't need a CI implant to improve my speech and English skills. Given, I don't speak as well as Hard of Hearing people do, but who cares? I am past that grief. At 40 yrs old, I am focused on my writing career, and other jobs, rather, instead of sacrificing time to go to the doctor and therapists daily for adjustment to take place. Who wants to be trained to get used to cartoon-like dubbed voices, which is what a CI sounds like? That would be spooky if you were making love, and the lady whispers in your ear, and for sexual stimulation listen to a robotic voice? That's sick. Sorry, that's my opinion. Feel free to exchange views and opinions.
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 28, 2006 at 09:51 PM


    HI SEIBO!

    THIS IS LIBNA. IM HARD OF HEARING. I HEARD ABOUT THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT. IM DEAF IN RIGHT EAR AND HARD OF HEARING IN LEFT HEAR. MY FAMILY ASK ME WHY I DONT HAVE THE COCHLEAR. IM AFRAID OF THAT! I DONT KNOW WHY? HOW THE COCHLEAR HAD CHANGE YOUR LIFE??? IS HELP YOU HEAR AND UNDERSTAND SPEECH LANGUAGE???

    IM HISPANIC SPANISH SPEAKER FLUENT...:D SO IM SORRY IF I DONT SPELL ANY WORD FINE... BUT IM VERY INTERESTED TO HEAR HOW THE COCHLEAR WORK AND HOW DANGER IS FOR YOUR HEALTH. WOULD YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THAT?

    I APPRECIATED THAT! :D
    THANKS A LOT!
    LIBNA :D
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 26, 2006 at 08:53 PM


    HI , i had a cochlear implant seven years ago and i love it. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. If u like to know more contact me
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 26, 2006 at 03:25 PM


    parallelseven ,

    Why Europe better than C.I. ? Can u give me more information please. I might be intersting. Thanks!
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 04, 2006 at 11:19 PM


    My understanding is that there is stem cell research that should be available for people to get within 4 or 5 years (although maybe not in the US, but you could go to Europe). It works much better than cochlear, from what I understand. CI is only effective for a limited number of years, and then you have to get one in the other ear.
  • View author's info Posted on Nov 18, 2005 at 12:33 PM


    From my understanding the CI does not give you back your hearing, it gives one immitation hearing that you're brain will have to decifer, and some people can then agian some people can't, it takes time to learn what the sounds are. A doorbell sounds like you dropped a fork, is that really hearing? I don't know. Considering all the sounds that can happen at the same time, it gets confusing understanding what is the doorbell. You'd have to get used to it.

    Second, the CI operation can deplete what ever hearing you have left. It is an electrode peirced into the vestibular nerve and sometimes it can destroy what ever hearing you have left. Also, all operations are risky, the individual has to weigh their options and decide if the risk is worth it.

    I don't have a CI or ABI, but I may get one in the future with understanding its environmental sounds that it can help you hear.

    Liz
  • View author's info Posted on Nov 05, 2005 at 07:27 AM


    hi i had a coclear implant fitted in august 2004.
    I find it a lot better than my previous hearing aid the sound quality is better by far any questions you have i'd be pleased to answer
  • View author's info Posted on Oct 27, 2005 at 03:57 PM


    I do not have a implant yet but I am just now going through the beginning steps I have talked to an ear docotor and he recommened an implant in the last 4 mounth my word recogintion has droped from 70% to 30% i am going to ha a ct scan next week. I don't know in you can use any of this for your senior paper but I will keep you posted.
    I do not have a implant yet but I am just now going through the beginning steps I have talked to an ear docotor and he recommened an implant in the last 4 mounth my word recogintion has droped from 70% to 30% i am going to ha a ct scan next week. I don't know in you can use any of this for your senior paper but I will keep you posted.
  • View author's info Posted on Oct 26, 2005 at 10:10 AM


    I'm researching Cochlear Implants for my senior paper and i am also trying to understand the deaf community's opinion on this subject. If anyone could post something they feel that would be awesome because i'm not really sure how to send messages to people yet. Thank you!

    -Shona
    I'm researching Cochlear Implants for my senior paper and i am also trying to understand the deaf community's opinion on this subject. If anyone could post something they feel that would be awesome because i'm not really sure how to send messages to people yet. Thank you!

    -Shona
  • View author's info Posted on Oct 14, 2005 at 02:00 PM


    I was just told yesterday that i would be a good canadate for a cocklear implant and would like to know more about it. I was wearing hearing aids but my word recknition has droped from 70% to 30% i still can hear some but cannot understand anything. I am supposed to go to a ear specialist next week.