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In late May Lou Ferrigno announced that he has had the Esteem implanted in one ear. Lou is an actor who became profoundly deaf after ear infections in his very early childhood. He's currently on Celebrity Apprentice, and was on The Incredible Hulk and The King of Queens (as himself). I still remember my Dad pointing out Lou on The King of Queens and telling me that he was just like me.
I can't find a whole lot of information on Lou and the Esteem but this press release has some. Lou's wife Carla encouraged him to have the Esteem implant. As a result, Lou says he "hasn't felt this good since he won the Mr. Universe competition" and that "everything is so loud and so clear."
I'm really happy for Lou and glad the implant is working out for him. Hopefully it can find a place alongside conventional hearing aids and cochlear implants as helpful devices. I can't take advantage of the Esteem because I have a progressive hearing loss, but I find it very interesting. I anticipate a lot of interest in the Esteem as more people are implanted and we learn more about it.