We first met with the surgeon and after examining Lori’s ears and looking at all the test results from the other doctors she’s seen, he concluded the same thing. Lori’s hearing loss is irreversible and unexplainable. He seemed to think she would be a good candidate for the cochlear implants. Then Lori went through several hours of testing, both with and without her hearing aids. The final answer wasn’t what we had hoped for though. While one of her ears was well below the threshold defined by the FDA for receiving cochlear implants, her other ear scored high enough on one test that it disqualified her completely for now. After having done so much to get to that point in both testing and research, it was a real blow.
We still need to get the final report, and hopefully something may still work out so she doesn’t have to delay getting the implants.