Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by simonm » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:29 pm

Hi,

I think all your reports about experiences with various gizmos is very useful. If you try some more, please update.

Regarding operations, a friend whom we have long lost contact with was one of the early "cyber-women" in the USA. She has a genetic ear problem where females in her family lose hearing in adulthood - in her case in her late 30's. Originally she learned sign language and had her kids do the same. Not everyone with the disease becomes completely deaf - some just have impairment.

The original implant in the late 1990's or early 2000's had, if my memory serves something like 90 little electrodes connecting to nerves in the brain. I assume the latest and greatest have many more. She said that when she woke up after the operation, voices were like the movie version of people talking in helium infused atmospheres --- high pitched squeaky. Within an hour she had learned to distinguished the voices of her husband and kids. By the time I met her again after the operation she was already beginning to get something out of music.

In Europe and the UK you see people often enough who have had the operation. Once you know someone who has had it done, you can recognize the equipment fairly easily although it is getting very discrete. One neat feature of the older versions at any rate is that you can unplug your hearing. My friend's microphone equipment for feeding the signal to the brain had a magnetic connection to the implant. Fed up with the conversation? Pull the plug. Want to listen? stick it back on again. :-)

My wife and I call people with this op "cyber-people" as they have direct electronic connection to the brain. Probably 100,000's with the operation already, maybe 7 figures. My friend was in the first 1,000 or so in the US but that is close to 20 years ago now.

I assume the trick in a successful outcome is finding a well experienced surgeon and not an "apprentice" aka intern.

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by amezcua » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:14 pm

The latest work around this week after another retuning was to abandon the left side aid and connect a tiny microphone that hooks onto the left ear and a wire runs round the back of my head to the right hand side. Almost instantly it works almost like normal . The dead zone is picking up sounds and I know it`s cheating but a person talking on the left side can be heard properly even though the right ear is doing all the work . The wire tugs a little bit when I turn my head . If I had a longer lead I could hang it inside the guitar . That`s a thought . Or just clip it on my shirt .

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by amezcua » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:47 pm

I have noticed a strange buzzing sound on some notes when I tune them against the tuner. The tuner is not set to create any sounds and I thought it maybe had a loose part. Not every note does this. I switched it off and the sound was still happening . It must be a loose fret I thought. This morning I happened to have 5 spare minutes and tried to check the fret accuracy on another guitar .This was bought new and has never had any accidents like the Aria .There it was again . This strange after sound like a gremlin mocking me . So not the tuner or the guitars at all . It`s my hearing aid .Damn it to hell and back .

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by amezcua » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:30 pm

The latest part of my saga is untangling the different implants it`s possible to have. Even with a damaged cochlea and no left side hearing there is a cochlear implant that winds inside the coils of the cochlea with 22 electrodes for all the frequencies .The operation is not too long and with some headaches for a week . There is a risk of meningitis so you need a little luck . If I try that I may get the left side working again . It took a lot of internet reading to counter the lack of information from audiologists .

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by amezcua » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:37 pm

New research is reported on PRI in March 2017 ; Scientists are working on a drug to stimulate ear hair growth.
See ---- http:www.pri.org/stories/2017-03-20/new-trea ... -inner-ear
I don`t know why the heading uses the word drug as it seems to be talking about human cells that already regenerate parts of the body such as the intestines . Light at the end of the tunnel ? I hope it`s not too far away from me .

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Re: Bone Conductors if you are going deaf. ---DEAF dear!

Post by amezcua » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:24 pm

Finally I managed to se the ENT specialist and he recommended "an operation". That was strangely the ony mention of what might be done with my hearing . "AN Operation" sounds very vague and it was only afterwards I realised that the two words "Cochlear Implant " had not been used . So currently I have a right side ear working and a "cross-aid" which is a microphone hooked on my left ear . To me there are disadvantages with Cochlear Implants . You end up with a metal snap fastener like on an Anorak Collar sticking out behind your ear where the hair grows .My neck skin has always been oily and spots there have been a constant nuisance. So a break in the skin with the snap fastener would be hard to keep hygienic .They issue little brushes to stop debris finding it`s way under the skin . That`s the mechanics of it . A report from a lady who went deaf in both ears told of fitting an implant in the ear that had been unused for twenty years . She spelled out the situation comparing before and after. Originally we have 8,000 hair sensors in each ear .These are replaced by electrodes --Just twenty of them . This leaves you with poor pitch perception and inability to sense tone quality between different instruments. The implants are designed to help speech understanding. If you are lucky you may get some help with hearing music but it all sounds very basic . Roll on Stem Cell Therapy which is on the horizon .

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