One of the sidebar features I have discovered on my journey toward a cochlear implant is support community that is out there. Advanced Bionics ( AB ), the makers of the device I will be getting, provide space for an excellent forum on their web site. There are hundreds of people there from all around the world who either have a cochlear implant ( CI ) or are waiting, as I am, to get one.

I thought I’d check it out and left a short note on the “I’m new here” page about my impending operation. Before long there was a page full of responses from people who were willing to share their experiences and offer encouragement. As in almost every other area of life, talking to “users” is often the best source of useful information. It was very comforting.

I was amazed to find that more than half of those respondents were bilateral recipients of a CI. I have only seen two people with a CI. Both were unilateral recipients. I personally do not know anyone who has one. I follow a blog written by a woman living in New York City who speaks of going out to dinner with three other friends, all of whom had a cochlear implant. Life in the city!

The actual information I have received on the forum has been very helpful for me as I am in the process of making some decisions about some options that are available to me. That’s when talking to someone who has had to make similar choices and who have opinions based on personal experience becomes useful. I’m here to tell you that the personal testimony is alive and well.

One more thing: I found a video of the actual operation and watched it. I’m not sure that was a good idea. But there it is. 🙂

Two weeks now until my operation. I just knew you wanted to know. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned.