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OT? Cochlear Implants

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DanLee, May 26, 2011.

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  1. DanLee

    DanLee Member

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    I've been advised that a cochlear implant would be of more benefit to me than a new set of hearing aids. My main worry is whether one can continue shooting with the implant in place. Anyone here with direct experience?

    Dan
     
  2. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    Why do you need to hear? None of us can hear.
     
  3. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    There are other alternatives to CI and hearing aides being advertised on the radio, aren't there? I think I heard it on Rush's program.
     
  4. Traders

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    Check the web. There are lots of Hearing Loss site. They would be a good place to ask the question. From my non-personal experience with CIs, I would guess you would just turn it off on the trap line.
     
  5. yakimaman

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    My wife had a cochlear implant 4 years ago so I think I can speak from experience with her. You could take the processor off and put it in your pocket, you could mute it with the switch or just pop the magnet out of place and you wouldn't hear a thing. After years of periodic intolerance for her gradual (and now complete) hearing loss I am now the one with the issue. Behind the ear aids for me - pain in the ass to wear ear protection with them.

    The implant is in your inner ear and would not have any effect on your shooting or any other activity. The processor is worn like a behind the ear hearing aid (nothing goes in your ear canal at all) If you have questions about the whole cochlear experience just shoot me a pm.

    Rich
     
  6. Johnny

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    DanLee ,I have a cochlear implant. I am a Cyborg... part man , part machine. It won't interfere with your shooting. The implant destroys the hearing in that ear so you don't have to worry about muzzle blast. The implant processor clips loud noises so it is never uncomfortable. I just use a plug in the other ear and make no implant changes when I shoot.

    If your audologist is advising you to get the implant, I would take that advise. It will be worth it in the end. I can hear birds again. Good luck
     
  7. brownk80

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    My mother had one done about a year ago and we were finally able to talk on the phone this past Mother's Day after probably 4 years of not being able to tell her I love her. If it will work for you by all means get it done. Being able to hear the people you love is a lot more important that shooting in MHO.

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  8. Gold Medal

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    The device that Barry refered to sponsored on the Rush Limbaugh show can be found at ENVOY MEDICAL.COM

    It is called ESTEEM. It is placed in the inner ear surgically.

    Very expensive, $30,000.00 estimated cost per the website.
     
  9. BILL GRILL

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    Not being able to hear at times has it's benifits! Anybody that has a wife can attest to that fact. The important thing is not to lose your sense of humor. :)
     
  10. DanLee

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    Johnny, I'm not so worried about muzzle blast as I am about the shock of recoil displacing the implant wires in the cochlea. Many years ago, my father-in-law quit shooting after cataract surgery because he was afraid of breaking the stitches holding the new cornea in place. I got him back in the game by loading ultra-light loads, but now I'm wondering whether I can go back to full-bore handicap and sporting clays loads after the C.I.

    Dan
     
  11. smsnyder

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    What? Nothing can help me Va took out my left ear drum. Only need one ear plug on the shooting line. LOL
     
  12. Johnny

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    DanLee , I had the same concern. Football or other rough contact sports are not advised but shooting seems to be ok. I think it would take a very serious blow to displace the implant. The shoulder takes the recoil. Don't place the gun butt on your forehead.


    Never heard of ESTEEM. Cochlear implant is $100,000, but I think they settled for $67,000.

    snyder, you are a candidate. No eardrum required.
     
  13. maple_leaf_eh

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    New member and my first posting - I found this post on an automated Google Search for cochlear implants.

    My 10-yr old son was born profoundly deaf and he has bilateral implants. I have worried about his hearing protections around firearms. There have been other issues that have kept him and me off the range. But he is well enough behaved that the time is better.

    The surgery destroys all residual hearing, so there is nothing anatomical to worry about. However, I worry about over-squelching the devices. As the others with hearing aids have posted, removing device or muffling the report seems more worthwhile. Sound cancelling muffs will only complicate the electronic acoustic processing.

    Yes, the surgery and devices are expensive but all Canadians pay for each others' health care. IMHO, the two big companies are Advanced Bionics and Cochlear Corporation. They each have advantages and disadvantages. Make a thorough research before deciding. Double check if your insurance will cover consumables and wear-and-tear replacement parts.
     
  14. Big Az Al

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    Smsnyder,

    The Ear drum has no effect on a cochlear implant, as the electrode wire is placed directly into the cochlea, the concern there is that if from illness or other damage the portion of the cochlea had ocified(?) scar tissue filling the tube.

    My son has had Cochlear Inplant(s) for 13 years now, when I have had him shooting at the club they have made him use ear plugs, they are required for everyone "so lets just go with that" was the line foremans call.

    Other then football and other full contact sports, the CI inplant groups and audioligists we have worked with have had no problem with me getting my son into shooting sports.

    Cochlear Corperation of America is our CI supplier.

    Advanced bionics is another maker
     
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