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Pesky hearing aid

I wear a hearing aid in my un-implanted ear. I'm forced to do so because, otherwise, it sounds so horribly unbalanced having one really good ear and one bad ear. A week or so ago, my hearing aid quit working for unknown reasons (it's perhaps two years old). I took it in to my audiologist for a quick fix, and it seemed to be working great when I left. Ever since that day, it has been giving my horrible feedback. I haven't had a chance to go back to my audiologist, so I've been forced to constantly decide on the lesser of two annoyances - a squealing hearing aid, or no hearing aid. Right now, my hearing aid is squealing softly, nonstop. It drives me crazy...

It only serves as a reminder of how much nicer my Esteem has been compared to my hearing aids. It's nice to have no maintenance or earwax issues, or to not worry about being caught with a dead hearing aid and no batteries. Of course, there's always the risk of losing a hearing aid, as we experienced recently when one of my 9 year old daughter's hearing aids seemingly vanished into thin air (we were very lucky - her aid had two weeks of insurance left and only required a $250 replacement deductible). It only fuels my desire to one day be able to afford the expense of a second implant. If one implant can can my life as much as it has, I can't wait to see what two implants will do!


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Jan. 20th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
My esteem implant attempt
Hi, I thought I would share my story with you.

Back in October of last year, I went into surgery to get the esteem implant in my left ear at the Houston facility. Dr. Murray was my esteem surgeon. I too was very nervous about having the surgery but was also excited about the possibilities that it could bring.

After the surgery, I woke up only to find out that they couldnt complete the implant since there was a problem with one of my inner ear bone in which the esteem was supposed to be attached to. I was devastated. Dr. Murray told me that it was a condition that he believed that could be fixed. In fact, he believed that if i choose to let him repair the bone, my hearing could be improved. After some consideration, I elected to proceed with the surgery. As a matter of fact, I just had the surgery last week by the same doctor to repair the bone in my inner ear. He felt that the surgery was successful and I'm anxiously awaiting to see how much of an impact it will have since I am unable to put my hearing aid on until about another 5 weeks. I might also add that I cannot hear anything without my hearing aid in. Hopefully my hearing would improve somewhat and I can still pursue getting the esteem implant. Only time will tell!

I was just curious, just how much hearing loss did you have? As for me, if I have my aids off, I hardly hear anything except for loud sounds like a horn or clap. My loss is borderline severe to profound which is pushing the limits of what the esteem can help I think but they told me that they believe that the esteem could help me.
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: My esteem implant attempt
So how did it go?? Was it successful? I really hope it works out for you; I've heard that Dr. Murray is among the best in the field, so I know you're in good hands. Maybe you'll be able to get the implant later on down the road.

My hearing loss is moderate to profound. I have a profound loss in the high pitches. Well, pre-implant anyway. My last SD score was 83% in my implanted ear, if I remember correctly. I go back for more testing on the 14th, so I'm anxious to see if there's been more improvement! Let me know how your surgery went, please!
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you could email me. I have a daughter, 19, that has severe to profound hearing in both ears. We are looking at the Esteem, but wanted to talk to someone who has had the device for more than a year or 2. My email address is robertgepfert@sbcglobal.net.
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Looking at the Esteem
I was wondering if you could email me. I have a daughter, 19, that has severe to profound hearing in both ears. We are looking at the Esteem, but wanted to talk to someone who has had the device for more than a year or 2. My email address is robertgepfert@sbcglobal.net.
Jan. 28th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Hate the squealing!
It could be that you need a new better fitting ear mold, that's typically always been the reason my hearing aid would start producing major feedback. I myself use a hearing aid in my left ear, and don't use my right ear at all (I don't think a hearing aid helps enough). I'm going to be getting the esteem and I wonder if I'll feel unbalanced too having one really good ear? Maybe not because I've always lived that way. Who knows!

Agreed on all the hearing aid maintenance issues.. super annoying to deal with all of it
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Hate the squealing!
Actually, what happened was I went to my audiologist for a quick fix on the tubing on my hearing aid. My regular audiologist wasn't there, so another one met with me. She did some quick adjustments, and when I left, the aid sounded fine. Now it gives me feedback constantly (haven't had a chance to go back yet). So it was a result of whatever tweaks she did. It's another one of those things that is nice about the Esteem - no feedback at all!

As for feeling balanced - who knows? I prefer having an aid in the other ear for balance, but most other Esteem patients seem to be fine without the aid. You never know!
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hello! A while back you posted that you were getting a hearing test post implant and that you might post the difference in your hearing. Would you still be able to do that? I don't see it anywhere. I'm very interested in the improvement. I have moderate hearing loss and am interested in the implant. I won't be able to get the implant for a few years, though. Thanks so much for your time!
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I finally got an appointment on the 14th for my three year testing, and I have asked to have my pre- and post-implant scores. I will post them then!
Feb. 29th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
thank you
Thank you for continuing to post. Will get an implant in the next few years, so I follow the individual results (mainly thru blogs like yours) and not just the testimonials on the Envoy website. So awesome that you are doing so well with the implant.

thanks again!
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: thank you
Thank you! You're welcome to join our Esteem patients group on Facebook to read more personal testimonials: http://www.facebook.com/messages/100001929337682#!/groups/241235109304753/.
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