Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cochlear Implant Studies

Two studies of Cochlear Implant experiences have invited me to participate, and I have been delighted to do so. Why not? When I lost 100 percent of my hearing in both ears five years ago, there was not anywhere near enough Cochlear Implant information available to keep me from feeling like I was jumping off a cliff blindfolded. Now, a Cochlear Implant, an electronic device provides me bionic hearing, a miracle but far from perfect.

The University of Iowa is conducting a research and training program concentrating on music perception for those of us with Cochlear Implants. Personally, this is a very important issue for me, because listening to music has always contributed so much to the quality of my life. After first receiving my Cochlear Implant, music was particularly frustrating, just a jumble of noise. Now I am able to distinguish enough of the various aspects of music to experience something I can honestly call enjoyment again.

For further information clink on this link:

or e-mail

The other study I have participated in is a Cochlear Implant and BAHA Online Survey from Juniper Consulting Group,a medical market research company. Their current project is trying to identify areas for improvement of cochlear implants or bone
anchored hearing implants.

This online survey take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. It asks for your level of satisfaction about Cochlear Implant and BAHA issues, including medical support, training, and hardware. Compensation of $100 is offered. The only requirements to start the survey are you must be a recipient of a cochlear implant or a BAHA and be over the age of 18.

> Email: for a link to the survey.


Ginny Driscoll said...

Thank you for posting my study. I'm glad it was helpful. I'm truly, truly grateful.

Carl Bergman said...


I know your hearing has caused many changes for you as you try to swim back to full hearing.

While, fortunately, I've not had near your problem, I can identify somewhat. About five months ago, my right ear decided that it should echo everything that comes into it. It was only fitting, I suppose, for all the times I've repeated myself. I seem to be on the mend, but it is weird to try and figure out if the echo I hear is real or just my middle ear having fun.

What I do know is that we count on our senses to be consistent, if not reliable, and even a small change can throw you off.

Anonymous said...

My girlfriend was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma to her left ear. Due to the size and location of the tumor, the surgeons could not save her hearing to her left ear. It has been over a year since the surgery and she has ringing in her ear. Her surgeon has recommended the Baha3 system for her to have implanted. When tested she felt like she cold hear from both ears. I have been looking for reviews and comments on your product to reasure her on her decision. If someone could please email me with this information it would be most appreciated.


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