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In my effort to become totally bionic, tomorrow I have surgery on my right ear to install a Cochlear hearing implant. My biggest worry is that it will screw up my balance so I cant ride, although they assure me it wont . I will be wearing a hearing device that's held to the side of my head with a magnet that's implanted under my scalp, I also will be wearing the battery pack and receiver behind my ear, it looks like a hearing aid but is bigger. Its gonna be a pain in the a$$, or maybe I should say ear to wear under my helmet so I might still be riding fairly deaf if I can't stand it.
Hearing problems don't mix well with motorcycles, wind noise blowing across the microphones with a half helmet and feed back under a full helmet can be a real problem.
Damn I hope this works out.
 

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Never heard of an implant hearing device. Might need something along the way myself........but its nice not hearing what the wife has to say.

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Good luck Muggs. I sorta like having an 90% hearing loss in one ear. Makes ear plugs go twice as far.:D
 

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Good luck on the outcome!

Ah the Golden years---yeah Pyrite for sure. (Fools Gold):biggrin:

Jimi Hendrix ruined my hearing long ago:wink: Hank Williams JR tried to fix it but it didn't work.:p

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Never heard of an implant hearing device. Might need something along the way myself........but its nice not hearing what the wife has to say.

Good luck
Your hearing has to be pretty far gone to qualify and I have only seen a few folks wearing them, they have been around for about 20 years.
The Cochlear implant is a device that is slid into the cochlea, the snail like thing in your ear that receives sound from the ear drum. It bypasses the ear drum and sends to 24 sending units that replace the hair like things in the cochlea that no longer work. It is not perfect and the sound is different and could take me up to two years to get its full benefits, hope I live that long. Fortunately I still have the hearing aid in my left ear so my existing hearing won't be effected and I will get along ok during the learning period.:p
 

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When my hearing went in the one ear it was sudden and overnight. Sounded like a broken speaker with what was left. Took me nearly 3 years to either get used to it or the hearing just got worse. Not sure which it is as I'm not convinced these audiologist know that much. I mean that still can't tell me why mine just stopped. Their official diagnostic conclusion, "Sudden Hearing Loss Syndrome". In other words they have no stinking idea!
 

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Hog have you seen a real ear doctor? Audiologists deal with hearing aids and how to help you hear with them, they know a lot about your ears but are not ear doctors, an MRI might be able to diagnose the problem.
 

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Yes, that's who I saw first and spent a fortune on tests and some very painful injections of some kind. Pure guess work. Although he did change the PH of what he was injecting. But nothing restored the hearing. Was fine when I went to bed and gone when I woke the next morning. I accused my wife beating me up in my sleep or nagging so much in that ear that she ruined it. But yeah it was the ear specialist that gave me that lousy diagnosis. I could have and did say that right off the top. It suddenly went. Could have saved a bunch of money if I'd just gone with what I knew.
 

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Mug.gs good luck, riding with out hearing ain't that bad. So if the implant can't be worn under you helmet just do as I do take a container with you to put it in when you ride and put it on when you get where your going
You learn to watch at a 360 and after a while it is second nature.
 

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Hearing Aids

Muggs;

Best of luck with your problem; I have to wear Aids, and putting on the Helmet and taking it off has in several instances slipped the aids from behind my ears and I didn't know it if I had not noticed them on the floor. On one occasion they dropped and I would not have noticed ,until my riding Buddy pointed to them of the road. Needless to say I always, now, take them out while I am riding. It is a pain to put them in and out when we eat or stop to talk but that is better than loosing several Grand if they are lost. It 's just something us old guys have to get use to
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Muggs. After years and years of hearing loss in his left ear, my friend and former boss finally got the implant, courtesy of the VA.

Although he says it does take a little getting used to, his grin was ear to ear. His only complaint is that there is a background sound like rushing water. Probably from the electronics. However, there is no 'balance' issues. The VA did say it will take a year of so until they can get it adjusted to be 100% fully functional. Apparently they have to adjust the volume in stages.

If what my friend says is true for you also, I want to see a picture of your 'Cheshire' grin.
 

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I bet the rushing water sound is similar to my broken speaker sound when I started using my hearing aid. Took over a year for that to go away. I guess your brain just learns to ignore sounds at some point.
 

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I bet the rushing water sound is similar to my broken speaker sound when I started using my hearing aid. Took over a year for that to go away. I guess your brain just learns to ignore sounds at some point.
That rushing sound from hearing aids is air rushing through the little air holes.
Mine was in one ear out the other. :coffeescreen:
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I'm back home from surgery and all is well. The surgery took 45 minuets but they had a problem with the guy before me so it took 6 hours before I got off my back waiting with a bunch of stuff attache to my arms so I couldn't move around much to get comfortable and my back is killing me. BUT! I got pain pills and now my back feels fine and so do I and I have no pain from my ear, and no balance problems.
I don't get to turn it on till the 30th and the wait is gonna drive me nutz, I gotta know.
 

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Sure glad everything went smooth with yours. Leave it off though!!!!!!!!
 

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Glad things went well. I can't imagine laying for 6hrs and not moving I got to pee every 15 mins well maybe a little longer.
 

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Rush is Sooooooooooooooo much smarter than the rest of us that his words of enlightenment seems to go over most peoples heads.

He reached down to me in about 1984 and grabbed my hand and lifted me out of the cesspool of degrading liberalism. Because of my semi-political job, as a Construction Union official, I had to tow the party (Communist party-almost) line, smile and act like a dumb socialist to keep my very high paying job but in my heart of hearts, I have always been a deeply conservative person!

Thanks Rush for the voice of reason!

Oh, good luck on your hearing!

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