Category Archives: CI Evaluation

The Wait

I hope this wait is a lot shorter than the previous one – as in something’s getting done rather than my case sitting around waiting for me to start annoying people. I think it will be. I’ve gotten a CT scan, CI eval and medical eval, the only thing left is for my old audiology office to send them my medical history and the office will “apply” to my insurance. So far everything looks fine and it sounds like I’m getting a recommendation by my surgeon. Big surprise!

I learned some new things my second time around. The biggest thing being that you can’t use regular hearing aid batteries for Cochlear (i.e. go to the grocery store when they die to pick up some new batteries). You have to order them over the Internet. The second one being the financial upkeep on the implant itself. The external warranty expires after three years (at least with the plan that my audiology place is asking for) and after that I have to pay warranty of about $700 a year per external piece. WOWee. But then again this is for me, not everyone else. I also get two external pieces so maybe I can ask for two different colors! Yay! I also understood more about programs. Each implant has a certain number of programs you can go through. I think AB has three and Cochlear has four. So that when you’re going through your mapping process and you don’t like one program or your brain has “learned” that program, you can move onto the next one. Another difference between AB and Cochlear is that Cochlear has a separate setting for T-coil (T-coil is my FRIEND) where as for AB T-coil would have to take up one of the three programs. I think AB has better (?) microphones, sort of? I didn’t really understand it other than you would have to constantly change the ear hook to get the microphone you want. Cochlear might not have as many options, but all the settings are on the external piece and you don’t really have to change out the ear hook.

My next step is balance testing which I get done on the 21st. I asked why I needed to get that done and why it wasn’t needed to request the insurance company to cover the implant, they said that they use this test as a baseline before going into surgery. Makes sense. I hope that I’m doing better than the baseline though, not below it! That would be annoying.

Other than that, not much going on. Just waiting to see when the surgery would be. They told me as early as Feb. But because my medical office is taking a long time to get them the records, I don’t think that’s going to happen.  So maybe March or April.

I also don’t get to get turned on the next day. That’s OK with me. They’re going to wait about two weeks. And then after that I’ll be going in every 2 – 3 weeks.

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An Update

I am now working on making an appointment with the new place to get another CI eval. done and a CT scan. I’m hoping it will take place some time this month. We’ll see.

Today’s the Day (finally!)

My appointment is at 2 p.m. so I will probably head out of work around 1, grab some lunch on the way and arrive at the hospital. From there, I get to fill out insurance information, then get another hearing test done before finally seeing the doc for the full eval. So wish me luck, I’m hoping this New Orleans/Texas thing isn’t too complicated.

Three Days to Go!

Well, really less. My doctor’s appointment is on Oct. 24 for the CI eval. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

Audiologists in New Orleans & Contact with Cochlear

I think there are actually a lot of audiologists here, but only two that specialize in cochlear implants. On Monday, I was able to schedule an evaluation on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Today I finally got in touch with the other one. This is the one I’ve been trying to contact even before I talked to my current audiologist. I’ve e-mailed her, left her phone messages, no avail. Finally I was able to talk to her today (this was after having to “yell” at the receptionist for her not calling me back – the receptionist then transfered me). She seemed rude from the start. Well, maybe not so much rude, but the whole time I felt like she was talking down to me like I was 12. I explained to her what I was trying to do – that I already had an audiologist and I was just trying to get the CI eval. done because I didn’t want to take an entire day off of work just to go to Texas for a 30 minute evaluation. Well she told me that it was “standard procedure” and that I would need to go to Texas. Granted, it may be standard procedure, but I told her that my audiologist said it was fine. Well she kept pushing it anyways. Wanted to know who I was seeing, and kept telling me that I would have to go to many appointments after the surgery. I already know that, I’m not 12, I want to pay you to do the evaluation, not to analyze my whole life. I gave up my argument after she said that she didn’t have anything available until November.

OK, rant over. Today, I got an e-mail from a person that Cochlear referred me to. They have a “match” program where they match up potential candidates with people who already have a cochlear implant. Interestingly enough, this guy actually works for Cochlear. We’ll see how this goes, but in the mean time I am talking to one, maybe two people who have them.