Implanted

Huge news.  I have a cochlear implant.  I went into hospital Thursday morning, operation in the afternoon, stayed in overnight, X-rays Friday morning to check that all looks OK in there, discharged early afternoon.  “Switch on” is planned for three weeks’ time.  I have a slightly sore right side of the face (nothing serious) and I’m a bit unsteady on my legs still, but otherwise OK.  The best bit was when the consultant checked the X-rays, declared them fine, and called me over to see a tiny, tiny implant (like a plastic thread, with electrode dots on it) curled up nicely in my cochlea.

The plan is to blog throughout the process of the coming months, whilst I learn to hear again.  Interspersed with that will be some retrospectives about what’s been happening over the summer.  It’s hard to know where to begin on that.  Suffice it to say, for the moment, that things never did fully recover after my blocked ears saga. It felt like they were heading that way, but I never got back the level of hearing I’d had before that virus in January.

I’ll tell you the full story another time.

Right now I’m off to curl up with a book.

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33 thoughts on “Implanted

  1. This is great news Vera. I too had my implant at the wonderful BRI, just a year to the day before you, and I really haven’t looked back. I hope you keep well in the next few weeks and wish you all the best for switch on. I know that many people will have told you not to have too high expectations to begin with, but I have to say that for me it was miraculous from day one. So you never know, you might be one of the lucky ones. Of course it will still be wonderful even if it takes a little longer!
    Best wishes
    Helen

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    1. Hello Helen. That’s wonderful to hear. I’ve decided to expect nothing, as everyone’s experience seems to be different! Won’t stop me feeling as nervous as a kitten on the day, though, I’m sure. A week after the op now and I’m feeling fine, apart from a couple of tender areas on my head. Yes, massive thanks to the BRI.

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  2. Like everyone else, I am so pleased with your good news. I admire your courage in taking on this new challenge, and I look forward to hearing how things go. Every success!

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  3. Hi Vera

    Wow! This is big news!

    Hope the recovery goes well and good luck with the switch on.

    By the way, where did you have it done? BRI?

    Best wishes

    Ian

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    1. Hello Ian. Yes, Ward 18 of the BRI, courtesy of the wonderful BRI Cochlear Implant Centre for Yorkshire. Very lucky to be in their catchment area. I have the tiniest scar, no hair shaved that I can tell, a bit of bruising but generally fine and the implant safely in place. Hurrah!

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    1. Hi Todd. Yes, it’s very good news and I’m delighted. Just a few weeks with only one ear (and I’m managing better than I thought I would with that so far) and then the re-training work begins. Love to you Karen, Justine and Emma

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  4. So pleased for you and am looking forward to reading your blog on the CI. Have a good rest in the mean time. Are you now without hearing aids until you get switched on?

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    1. I still have the hearing aid in my left ear. I was somewhat dreading these weeks with only one hearing aid but so far I’m managing better than I thought I would. Thanks for your good wishes.

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  5. Great that you’ve had it done and feel ok – I’ll be very keen to follow your blog about the experience Vera – thanks for sharing ! Get well soon! Xx

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