Sensorineural Hearing Loss with Chronic Ear Infections
In the spring of my senior year, I got a letter of acceptance to my first-choice university. I was excited, but after struggling for nearly a year without hearing aids, I knew I needed to find a way to get my hearing back. My audiologist recommended that I check out a middle ear implant called SOUNDBRIDGE, which could send sounds directly to my inner ear—while also leaving my ear canal completely free.
I was excited, but nervous. I read all about the SOUNDBRIDGE and watched first-hand stories from real users. I talked about all the possibilities with my family and friends. I knew I was ready for a change, so I met with an ENT specialist and scheduled the surgery for the beginning of summer. I chose to get two implants right away so I could use both my ears.
The surgery only took a few hours, and I was even able to go home the same evening. After about 6 weeks, I was ready for my activation day. When my audiologist activated my audio processors, I was blown away. How could such amazing sounds come from something so small? I could finally hear all the sounds I had been missing for more than a year. My parents’ voices were so clear and natural, and I was even able to listen to music on the way home!
My friends were amazed that I could hear so well. And they were surprised that I could cover my processors with my hair so easily. I really appreciated that my processors are worn off the ear, so I could comfortably wear them all day. By the time I started university that autumn, I was so used to my new ears that I really couldn’t imagine getting by without them.