CI Surgery Update

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  1. Aliceacc

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    Ummm, it would take a LOT More surgery (and a lot more silicone) to give me Barbie's shape.
     
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    This is all so very interesting. Are they telling you a best case scenario of how much you will hear? I know you must be so excited! I can't wait to hear the next great news.
     
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    No, they aren't telling me the best case scenario. They are telling me the least case scenario would be that I would be able to identify a lot of environmental sounds. I do know that in a lot of cases (for those who went shorter periods of time between hearing and being deaf) they can get up to the mild hearing loss range and have about 85% comprehension on the sentence test. My better ear was up to 45% on that hearing test. I could probably expect that with that ear but I don't know what to expect with my worse ear. It's still mechnical and not true hearing but if I can even match where my better ear is now in speech comprehension, I will consider that ear a success. I want more than environmental sounds. That's my goal.

    I know right now someone gave me a hearing aid so I wouldn't have to buy one while I was going through this decision of which ear to do. It is super powerful and loud but the clarity is crap. That's about the difference between the CI and a HA and the CI and true hearing. Does that make sense? A hearing aid can throw more sounds in the ear but if those hair cells aren't working, it won't make it any clearer (although I've had much clearer hearing aids than this one). A CI directly stimulates the nerve but because it only "replaces" so many then it can't give me the full range of hearing. So the CI is clearer than a HA but not as good as true hearing.

    The odd part about all this is that the results are very individual. Some of it depends on our hearing histories but a lot of it is just because everyone responds differently to it. That's the part that is hard for me to reconcile. I want better predictability.
     
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    Las Vegas.
     
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    cutNglue, this whole process has got to be frustrating and exhilarating all at once. May you see better results than anyone expects (and Lord knows that if effort and determination play any role at all in the outcome, you're set).
     
  6. cutNglue

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    Hey, watch what you call my friend Alice. :D She may not be a Barbie but she's no Vegas.:lol:
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    Well, I can't think of a single witty response.

    And 15 more pounds and one more plastic surgery, and I COULD be a Barbie doll.

    Oh, I suppose I would have to blonde up my hair a little more. But that's nothing a trip to CVS couldn't solve.
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    (Snork!)

    Ah, but think of it as a question in math: the probability that the physique of a randomly chosen showgirl or Tall Nude in Las Vegas has been... um, reupholstered?...
     
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    Like yours wasn't a witty response, Alice?
     
  10. smalltowngal

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    :lol: yall are hilarious!
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    Tall???

    "NUDE"??? Even pre-heffalump, pre 3 kids (well, 2 biological), pre 50th birthday, pre-everything....

    I don't THINK so!!!!

    Let's get back to Cut's Cyborg/ Star Trek reference.
     
  12. cutNglue

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    Yeah, my reference was a lot cleaner for the umm...public viewing.
     
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    Hey: "Tall Nude" is or was an occupational title in Las Vegas...
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    Ah, well... another career choice shot down.
     
  15. cutNglue

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    ahh, "the resistence is futile." You know you would rather be a barbie or a cyborg anyways.
     
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    I'm kinda fond of the whole Lindsey Wagner Bionic Woman thing.

    Except for the wardrobe.
     
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    It wasn't even attractive when it was The Current Thing.
     

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