Restoring the Balance
I tried hearing aids for many years, but I never really felt like they were right. Over time, I really noticed how many sounds I was missing. With the hearing aids, it was really hard to find the balance between low-pitched and high-pitched sounds, because I needed so much more volume for the high pitches.
My audiologist recommended that I consider an EAS system. He explained that EAS—electric acoustic stimulation—combined cochlear implant stimulation for the high pitches with hearing aid amplification for the low pitches. This hybrid approach could give me back a full range of sounds.
Taking the Next Steps
I went with my husband to meet with an ENT specialist. She explained that the implant would go under my skin behind my ear, while the audio processor would be worn on my ear, with a small ear-piece just like my hearing aids. The specialist told me that some people lose their remaining hearing ability through the surgery. But she also said that EAS is designed to protect my natural hearing as much as possible and there was a good chance I would still be able to naturally hear low-pitched sounds.
My family was very supportive, but I was still hesitant, and kept putting off the decision. Then came amazing news—my daughter was expecting. I was overjoyed! I knew at that moment that I could not let myself miss the sound of my first grandchild’s laughter. After talking again with my specialist, I decided that EAS was my best chance of experiencing that.
The Right Choice
After just a few months, I was really comfortable with my new hearing. My daily rehabilitation exercises helped me to quickly improve my listening. Choosing to get hearing implants had been a big change—but when I heard my baby granddaughter for the first time, I knew I wouldn’t trade my hearing for anything in the world.