Health Insurance Gripe

Unbelievable. We get a call from the hospital’s finance office asking how we want to pay and if I am outpatient or inpatient (it’s outpatient, unless there is a problem). Well, from what we understand, insurance was supposed to pay for the whole deal. According to the hospital, this is the first time an HMO has ever not paid for the whole thing. Go figure.
We call the insurance and the popular answer to our questions is… <drum roll> “I don’t know.”
Just what I need… another roadblock to a stressful and difficult year (besides the birth of kid #3, of course).
Thanks for letting me blow off steam here. I cussed while writing this, but this is a G-rated blog…


Here are my audiograms from 1988, 1992, and 1999.
1988 audiogram part 1
1988 part 1
medium large
1988 audiogram part 2
1988 part 2
medium large
1992 audiogram
medium large
1999 audiogram
medium large
The conclusion? I’m gosh darn deaf. 🙂 Seriously, my hearing hasn’t changed since birth. Maybe a drop.
Other test results:
Lipreading and hearing test — 100%
Lipreading / no hearing test 70%
Lipreading / hearing test — lousy
Took a look at four words and listen for one word — got all but one right (the one I debated for a second) without asking for repetition.
Hearing loss: 90-110 db
Hearing aids: 60 db
Average hearing: 10-30 db with 30 db being a whisper
We won’t know how much of a difference the CI makes for a while. After the surgery, I have to wait three to four weeks before getting hooked up. So, I’ll be in silent world during that time. Once I get hooked up, what I hear won’t be anything like what I will hear a few months from now. It takes time to get used to a new way of hearing. Remember learning to ride a bike? Drive a car? Put on contacts for the first time? It took practice. Hearing aids and CIs are the same thing.

Open for Business

Date: July 21, 2003.
So? I get a cochlear implant.
The victim: my right ear.
33 years after I was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss, I’m taking a step towards to hearing better. My hearing aids have been good to me. I could hear music, voices, rain, dogs barking, and babies crying. After much research and talking with the doctor, I have learned the cochlear implant is supposed to help me hear better. I can’t imagine what that means because I think I can hear a lot of sounds. The only thing I can’t do, and that’s the holy grail, is hear what people say without lipreading (talking on the phone, for example).
The cochlear implant is not a guarantee I’ll be able to talk on the phone. I might be able to or I might not. It could take six months or one year. Who knows. There are many variables when it comes to figuring out how much a person will benefit from a coclear implant.
On July 1, I was flabbergasted when I realized it was only three weeks to the surgery. I began to panic and get cold feet. It’s now one week away and I’m nervous. I’m about to embark on a life-changing experience… for the good, I hope.