Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cochlear Ear Implant

A few weeks ago my DH of 24 years. Had Cochlear Ear Implant surgery. After 2 weeks post opt, he still had lots of swelling and fluid behind the device down in the ear drum. 3 Weeks later, he is doing better and got his device turn on to make sure its receiving transmission. The next week, they turn on the device so he can start hearing.

The first week was every exciting for him. He heard all kinds of things, like the doctor typing on the key board, them opening the package his implant came in, Later in the week he heard the cell phone ring for the first time, He also heard rain drops on the car winshield and also heard our dog bark for the first time. But still couldn't hear people, TV or Radio.

Yesterday, they tuned it so he can now start hearing people. He says it sounds like Alvin and the chipmunks, but they say that is normal and they cant change that. He will get used to it. Yesterday, we tested it out in office, and I was able to carry on a conversation with him, and he understood what I was saying and answering correctly back.

They said he is doing wonderful with it already only 7 weeks out, as most people have a hard time adjusting to it. It will take several months for him to understand and comprehend what he hears. But this is a whole new world for him.

We would love to thank Dr. Bartels office at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, for giving my husband his hearing.

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