Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Do You Have Experience With the Esteem?

Back in March I wrote a post about the Esteem, a fully implanted hearing aid, which had just gained FDA approval. The post is actually my most popular post and I still get regular comments on it.

Many people have left comments with questions, concerns and thoughts about the Esteem. I'm going to repost some of them below. If you have experience with the Esteem (or just have questions and thoughts), feel free to discuss it in the comments below, and if you know the answers to these questions, I'd love to hear them.

I would also love a guest post from anyone who has experience with the Esteem - the information would be greatly appreciated! (In some cases I removed the question from the surrounding comment just for brevity - visit the post to see all the comments in their context.)

Now, the question is will the insurance company treat it as a prosthetic or a hearing aid coverage?

I might just go for it...will need to do some more research, put that in one of my better ear and a C.I. in one of my worst ear and just maybe, I might have the best of everything? I wonder is it removable should stem cell cure happens?

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I wonder if this device would help people that have a 90 percent hearing loss and nerve deafness.

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Does it stop tinnitus??

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Since the FDA approval, has Medicare approved for payment?

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Any place where they are inserted for less money? It would hardly be worth it for a 78 year old but to be able to hear for the next ten years of so would bring meaning to my live and others. My husband and I live on social security and it is impossible to pay from that.

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Has anyone had the implant and did not have a good experience with it? I would love to hear your comments.
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so, is it waterproof? If so, to what depth?

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There is no mention, I'm assuming it uses steel/metal parts, and is therefore not possible for someone such as me. Does anyone know? or know where to find the information? I've poked around but didn't find anything remotely close to answering the question.

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