Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bionic Ears and Cochlear Implants

Hearing aids and bionic ears aren't what they used to be.

After having been approved for cochlear implants last December, I spent the next few months researching the three companies that manufacture them.

This is an important decision, as the implant electrodes are surgically placed in your inner ear and you only get one shot at this.  It's imperative that you choose the right company, as your hearing for the rest of your life will depend on them.  

I chose Advanced Bionics, relying on its past performance, superior engineering, many significant innovative improvements, outstanding customer support, and the overall large capacity it's implant has for future software additions.

The surgeon, audiologist and hospital are also very important to overall success.

We delayed surgery for three months to be able to have Dr. James Kemper place the implant at Seton Medical Center in Austin.  

I was successfully implanted on June 23, with no complications at all. Both Dr. and hospital were excellent. 

This gave Rita a chance to practice her new-found hair cutting techniques, as she could do no wrong.

Business is good and anxious customers are already beginning to line up.

Bob already enjoying his new buzz cut.

The new me, customer number one.

                                                  Bob, customer number two.

1 comment:

David, Sheila and Stella the Beagle said...

We are David & Sheila + Stella the Beagle, traveling nearly full-time since last Dec in our Lance 1181 Truck Camper. We also have a part-time park model in N. Ft. Myers, FL. We still workamp for wages & site since we are age 51 & have been full-timing since 2008 when my aerospace work was outsourced overseas. We yearn to travel full-time as we have 14 years yet to receive our pensions, but right now have been gold panning on our days off this summer in S. WY. This winter we are workamping near Key West after we visit our son & daughter-in-law in Elgin. We will be too late to stay at Paul Wolf Kane county campground, so will stay at a city park in Clinton, IA and also Rock Cut SP near Rockford, IL. Have a great winter! D&S SKP #95866.