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My Daughter’s Second Cochlear Implant Surgery

Today is the day that my daughter gets her second cochlear implant.  I have to admit even though I have already been through this same surgery 12 years ago with my daughter, I was still nervous going into the hospital and waiting for her to have her surgery done.  My daughter was born with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.  In 2001, she received her first cochlear implant only on her right side and at that time doctors typically implanted only one side.  Cochlear implants were still fairly new.  At at the time, the evidence proved that only one cochlear implant was sufficient for recipients to be able to here.  The doctors suggested that we wait to see if the technology would improve before deciding to implant her other ear.  After careful consideration, we decided that it was now time for her to get a second cochlear implant.

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