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June 10th, 2013

It's that time!

On May 27th, I woke up, grabbed my remote, turned my Esteem on, and heard it - the double beep. This took me by surprise so I turned my Esteem implant off and back on, and yep...I heard the double beep again.

If you're not already familiar with the Esteem, the double beep means your Esteem battery is dying and will soon need to be replaced. The battery was previously believed to last up to a couple of months after first getting the double beep, but Envoy now estimates it to be closer to two weeks. Eventually the implant will die and you'll be rendered completely deaf in that ear until you have the surgery to replace the battery. I've been told that in the time between the first double beep and when the battery dies completely, the quality of sound may diminish. I think I may have experienced this briefly this weekend when it seemed my hearing was kind of diluted for a few seconds, but I can't be sure it wasn't my imagination. Time will tell.

i noticed another interesting thing about my Esteem since I first heard the double beep. I turn my Esteem off every night at bedtime, and then turn it back on every morning when I wake up. For the first few days after hearing the double beep, I would hear the double beep every time I turned my Esteem on. Then it would skip a day. Now I haven't heard the double beep in four days. I was a little concerned about that, but I've been told that my turning the Esteem off at night is helping to conserve the battery life.

Anyway, I called the Ear Center in Greensboro and we scheduled a date for surgery on June 18th. Get this - my battery replacement surgery falls on the fifth anniversary of the very day I had my initial surgery, June 18th, 2008! That is just too cool! I go in for my pre-op paperwork and testing on the 17th. We'll stay at a hotel and will be at the Surgical Center at 6 a.m. the next day.

I'm really looking forward to it!



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