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Ron, I wish you the best my friend. I hope it all works out for you! We are all pullin for ya brother!
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I had the surgery yesterday. Everything went perfectly.

I came home about 2 hours after the surgery with a huge bandage around my head. I was just able to take the bandage off about an hour ago today. I'm glad because that thing was getting annoying. I'm still on the pain killers but the pain has been minimal. So far the only side effects I've had are what's expected such as dizziness and a little sore. But I feel fine (The drugs help. LOL).

My next step is to have the stitches removed in a week or so. Then 2 or 3 weeks later I'll go in and get the processor. The processor is the external part. This is called "Activation day" and it's when I'll actually begin to hear again. They'll put it on me, hook it up to a computer and do what's called "Mapping". This means they'll adjust the processor to my hearing needs. Create different programs on it for different noise levels (Such as a loud room or a quiet room).

So I just thought I'd let everyone know what's going on. It looks like I'll be able to start hearing a little before Christmas. Over the next year I'll have to go in and get it "Mapped" a number of times as I adjust to being able to hear again. No one knows how well I'll be able to understand speech yet but in time it'll improve. I'd be happy to just be able to understand 20% of speech. I hope for more but just that much combined with my lip reading will be a huge leap for me.

Well, I'm gonna go get some more rest. I'll keep you all up to speed. Thanks for all the support.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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Excellent, Ron. Heal well and keep us posted!

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This is great news, Mr. Jaxon.
Best of luck!

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Cool! I can't wait to hear what you think. Smile
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Lots of best wishes and positive vibes sent to you!!

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RJ...that. is. awesome.
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Great news Ron, heal well and I look forward to more progress reports!

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Thanks everyone.

I'm in a little pain right now but it's not too bad.

Found out my activation date is December 22. So that's the day I'll begin to hear again.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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This is very cool. What a Christmas Present!
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Was about to say the same thing. Hope it's a merry Christmas for you, and don't mistake the jingle bells for tinnitus!
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Thanks everyone. Yea, it's going to be a pretty full holiday season for me. I wonder if Santa's voice has changed much in the last 20 years. LOL

Well, it's been 4 days since the surgery. I still have a bandage over my ear so I haven't even seen the stitches yet. It's covered by some bandage that's stuck over it. I'll get the stitches removed toward the end of this week.

I'm in some pain. It kind of comes and goes as the pain killers wear off. But it's not to bad. I've had ear infections that hurt worse. The hard part is sleeping because the surgery was on my left ear and that's the side I usually sleep on.

I can feel the lump on my skull where the implant is. Feels kind of strange. Imagine you have a half dollar coin under your skin behind your ear. That's kind of what it's like. I know there's a magnet in there but I have to hold myself back from sticking a shimmed half dollar to it until it heals. Yup, I'm now the PK head magician. LOL

I was just thinking that I need to meet a girl with the implant on their left ear. So when we hug we'll be stuck together. Smile

The hardest part right now is the fact that I'm feeling better and more alert, but I still have to take it easy of course. This means I'm getting very bored. I could do some less work such as writing but that's not a good idea to do when you're on pain killer.

So, the big day is December 22. Some have asked about how well I'll be able to hear. No one knows. If you see me this year I know I'll still have to read lips. I will be able to hear your voice some but how well no one knows. Just want to make that clear to those of you who I know in person. Over time my ability to understand speech will improve to some degree.

That's another hard part. It's common for people to be very excited when the implant is turned on the first time. But months later it's also common to have a degree of depression when they realize they still can't hear all that well. Kind of have to have realistic expectations.So right now I'm just looking forward to hearing "things". Small sounds I might pick up from day to day like biting potato chips, ice in a glass and so forth. Then I'll go from there. At any rate a little sound to go along with my lip reading will be helpful.

Thanks again for all the encouragement.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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Wow what an experience ..thank you so much for sharing it with us !! Good Luck with your recovery !!!
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The bandage that's been over the stitches behind my ear since the surgery last Wednesday came off today. It wasn't suppose to be removed till I get my stitches removed tomorrow but it just fell off. Probably from sweat. It's been kind of fading from that the last could of days. Called the doctor and they just asked some questions about how it looks. No blood or anything so they said to not worry about it and just tape some new gauze over it when I go to bed tonight. It would have been removed tomorrow anyway.

But I was finally able to see the incision. It's bigger than I though. It basically outlines the entire shape of the ear from top where ear meets my head to my ear lobe. But that bandage not being there is like instant relief. That thing was bugging me big time. LOL

Just keeping you all up to speed on my journey. So far so good.

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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This is all great news man.


I'm sorry if I missed this, why do they wait so long to turn it on after the surgery?
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The wait is basically just to give the surgery time to heal.

I'm still baffled about one thing and I haven't yet gotten an answer that helps me to completely understand how the internal part is powered. I'm talking about the part that is embedded in my head.

Here's an image of the internal part.
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Mine is a different model but it's bascially the same thing. See the two wires coming off it? the wire that has a curl on the end is the wire that goes into my inner ear. The little dots on the curl are electrodes that send the sound waves to my brain.

Now the other wire is what has me baffled. That's a ground wire. It goes into a muscle in my neck. But this part has no battery. It's powered by the external part (Sound processor).

Look at this image.
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The round part on the end of the wire is held on by a magnet. Somehow this powers the internal implant. The only thing can think of is the electric current is able to power the implant through the skin. Which kind of goes against what I understand about electricity. I'm going to see if my audiologist can further explain all this. Smile

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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Man, if you could figure out how to shimmy a Black Jack Counting program into that thing you'd be set!

Congratulations on your journey to the hearing world. It will be interesting to see how depressed you get once you listen to the presentations of most magicians... that thing has an "OFF" button, right?
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On 2009-11-25 15:21, rawdawg wrote:
It will be interesting to see how depressed you get once you listen to the presentations of most magicians...


Ha! And how they all use the same music.

Ron, I think you should rig up a levitation, so when they turn it on the first time, an object you were holding begins to float. You can ask the doctor "How does the implant let me do this????"

If the implant external housing is only on one side, you should have a matching ITR made for the other side.
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LOL. Good idea about the levitation. I had a funny idea to make it spark when I push a button on a remote. Be a good way to get out of boring meetings or end conversations with annoying people. LOL

Actually, I've already thought of making an ITR hearing aid. I think I'll make one for myself but I won't market it. If I did I'd probably only sell 5 or so. LOL

Oh, I did come up with a magician fooler. It won't matter if I share it. I mean, who would steal this. Take a shimmed coin and cover one side with hair that matches my hair. Now I can secretly stick it to the side of my head and it vanishes. Smile

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After regaining my ability to hear after 20 years of deafness. I learned that there is magic all around you. The simplest sounds that amazed me you probably ignore. Look and listen around you right now. You'll find something you didn't notice before.
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