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Who are YOU?

The past few weeks has been amazing!! I have been hearing from so many people who are interested in the Esteem, and I've been steadily making some great friends. I only wish that, as a child, I could have gotten to know so many people who could actually relate to me. Which leads me to my question - Who are YOU??

If you're reading this, chances are you have a hearing loss, and you're researching alternatives to hearing aids. Could you please take a moment to leave a comment and tell me why you're here? Are you hearing impaired? Or are you looking for more information for a loved one? Are you researching other alternatives to hearing loss? Or are you interested in the Envoy Esteem and simply looking for more information? Maybe you've even already had the surgery.

You don't have to create an account to post a comment, you can even post an anonymous comment. I would really love to hear from you!


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Aug. 4th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
You Asked
I want to read about your experiences with the Envoy Esteem, your ups and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly. I am hard of hearing and have been for all my life. I've worn hearing aids since I was 4 but I'm really getting tired of them.

I have been in contact with Envoy and now I'm just waiting on insurance and job change before I move on. Turns out Aetna will cover the Esteem. :)
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: You Asked
Thank you for sharing! That's really awesome that your insurance will cover the Esteem, please keep me updated on the process. I'll gladly help with any questions, good luck!!
Insurance - (Anonymous) - Nov. 1st, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Insurance - (Anonymous) - Dec. 10th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 16th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Esteem for Hearing Loss
My 94 year old mother has bilateral hearing loss and has worn hearing aids for ten plus years. Through Rush Limbaugh's radio announcement,I learned of Envoy and your product, Esteem.

Aug. 19th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Great Blog

Is Esteem like the old Soundbridge-- chickened out when they started talkng about brain stem.

Rchard the Lawyer in FL
Sep. 9th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Envoy Phase 1 vet
So glad to see that you are doing well. I always keep tabs on the envoy as I was one of the phase 1 subjects in Seattle. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me and we had to remove it. Maybe it was phase 1 (this was like 2004...) or maybe it was my anatomy, who knows. I wonder if someday I might try again. We'll see!
Sep. 18th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for your telling your journey. I have scheduled to have the implant placed and of course have had doubts. You have helped in letting me proceed.

Sep. 27th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for this blog. I'm in the beginning stages of looking in to the Esteem. It sounds like such a great implant. I actually got tears in my eyes reading your blog- how exciting to be hearing things for the first time. I've had a loss since I was two- I'm sure I'm missing more than I know! I have a question about recovery time- how long did it take you to get back to your normal routine. Do you use a hearing aid in the surgery ear until it's turned on? I have so many questions :-). Thanks for any input!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
How about an update on Tony? :-)

Nov. 1st, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Your experience with the Esteem.
Hello Mandy,

I made this comment before in probably the wrong location to be noticed by you so I am repeating it here with some addition in your recent writings. Hope you don't mind.

I saw you and your sister's video on the Envoy Medical web site some time ago but just now stumbled into your journal. Relating your experience has been the most informative of the information I have found.

I have been evaluated as able to utilize the Esteem implant and I am now in the process of arranging to receive the Esteem Implant procedure. I am scheduled to have the implant December 9, 2010. I have what Envoy considers severe sensorineural loss in both ears. Therefore I have to fly 2800 miles to have the implant by who they consider their most experienced and qualified doctor. I am going along with that extra expense since I don't want to short change the chances of success by cutting corners.

I have been struggling with hearing aids of one type or another for 30 years and never found them much more then annoying. Even with the $6K hearing aids I have now I still have lot of difficulty understanding what is being said. I can never be sure the word said is the word I hear. The possibility that the Esteem implant can increase the word understanding level is of the most interest for me. It is also said to help in noisy conversation situations beyond what traditional hearing aids can handle. What you have written seems to indicate that your experience confirms this.

Your surgery seems like a difficult experience compared to what is described being done now. When talking to the doctor and Envoy one gets the idea the surgery is not a big deal now. I wonder if they have advanced their technique that much since your trial experience.

Also, you have a picture of yourself on your journal after surgery that you say is too dark and is too dark to see what you are trying to show. I saved and enhanced the photo so that the details are now visible. If you would like this enhanced photo I will be glad to send it to you if you make a method available.

Thanks for making the effort to explain your experience with your Esteem implant. As I said, it is very informative, especially the pictures of the surgery site itself.

Continued good hearing,
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Your experience with the Esteem.
Dennis... did you have your surgery? Has it helped? I am doing research for my father and want to hear that Esteem was the miracle we all want it to be, but I donot want my dad to be disappointed yet again, as the quality of his life deteriorates with his continued hearing loss. I hope you had good results, but please be honest.
Pat... the daughter who misses talking to her dad.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
fellow esteem implantee
I was so exited to see your blog. I was implanted on September 16 of this year and got activated on this past Monday, November 1, 2010. It is was a relief to read your experiences and know that somebody else went through it and came out on the other side feeling happy about it. I am a little overwhelmed right now but I am so excited and already I think I made a great decision! Thanks for all your posts!
Kerry Anne McGuire (age 28)
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: fellow esteem implantee
Kerry Anne.... are you still happy with your implant? I am trying to get honest, credible information for my dad who is becoming more and more isolated from the world. Something I know all hearing impaired people suffer from. We all need friends and social contacts, and being hearing impaired, makes that more difficult than the hearing undersatnd. Thank you.
Nov. 22nd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hi Dennis

I am very curious to hear about your experience with the Esteem because I am in similar situation and you. I have used hearing aids for 3 decades (age 32) and I am not satisfied with my hearing performance using hearing aids.

Please write to me if you happen to see this.



Nov. 30th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
well, as u say, we are often regarded as snobbish and conversations are just so much of a struggle. I am just wondering how I can improve my self esteem. I don't have the money to do sthg like you did and I don't want it. Is it not possible to cope somehow in a nice an attractive way with hearing aids? I wonder.
Dec. 11th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
thanks Mandy
I was just implanted this week and found you via the Envoy Facebook group. It was a tensse and stressful month deciding to do this. i live in Pa and flew to Ca to have it done so alot of $ plus the 30,000 had to be taken out of my retirement fund. My Empire insurance would not even cover the cat scan needed to be done to see if I was a candidate. It will all be worth it if I can hear again!
I had tomretire at age 55 from teaching due to my hearing loss. I have been weari g aids for 30 y,ears but things just kept getting harder and harder to hear. Social situations are no fun but hoping when I get activated in next 8 weeks this will change.
My hea d and ear still are in pain from implant but hoping that will be gone in next few days and that my life will start new this year.
I am going back to read all your entries now
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks Mandy
I hope you are feeling better than when you wrote this ? blog ? (is this a blog? I am technologically impaired, and don't know the correct terms...) But my hearing hasn't completely deteriorated, so I do not qualify yet as being hearing impaired (although my children would disagree). I do however pain for my dad's deteriorating hearing. Even as an adult, I miss his listening and feedback on life's trials and tribulations. Has Esteem helped or just emptied your wallet and hope for hearing again?
Jan. 18th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
provides access
thanks for the inspiration I was stressed by work but i learnt that life is about living to the fullest and enjoying every moment.Thanks a million
Feb. 11th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
my dad can't hear
My father has been losing his hearing progressively for the past 20 years. We can no longer talk on the telephone due to his hearing loss and although his hearing aide specialist has done great things for him, he is becoming more and more isolated from the world... he was always an outgoing, friendly man, but is becoming more and more frustrated with his inabilty to talk with people, and as a relatively healthy, energenic man of 77, is becoming more isolated. Can Esteem help him, or just deplete his retirement funds without improving the quality of his life. Money is less important than the quality of one's life and being able to participate in life has no price tag. Please offer honest information about Esteem. Sad Daughter
Apr. 10th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Beneficial info and excellent design you got here! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the stuff you publish! Great work!

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