Between the time I got my CI last year (March ’09) and around August ’09…there was NO way you could get me to even think about going bilateral. One CI was enough for me. I was extremely overstimulated and overwhelmed.
However, I have to confess that for about a year I’ve been toying around with the idea of going bilateral. This is something I have to research first. Frankly, I’m not sure if I really want to go through the whole surgery thing again. The risks, even though they’re low, are real. If it wasn’t for the whole surgery thing, I would have seriously considered going bilateral earlier this year.
I do really miss hearing out of both ears. Whenever I wore hearing aids, I always wore them in both ears.
I think it’s time to give the good ol‘ bimodal setup (HA + CI) yet another try. This will be my 3rd attempt. The first time was about a month after I was activated and I could only tolerate it for a few days. The second time, I could only take it for half a day. It’s just bizarre to hear things in 2 totally different ways at the same time. I guess I have to keep telling myself that I just need to stick with it and give my brain a chance to adjust to it. Eventually, my brain will (hopefully) learn how to incorporate sounds from the CI and HA to form one sound.
Wish me luck!