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I had a Stapendectomy implant about 15 years ago in the UK. The implant,as can now judge, started to fail during 2005 but without being detected during visits to my local Hospital Hearing Centre. The result was that unknown to me, my implant had 'broken down'. Earlier this year (2006) I flew to the USA with a severe head cold and with the unknown 'failing implant'. This combination resulted in my getting Pneumococal (Bacterial) Meningitis whilst in the USA, which was very serious. After treatment for the Meningitis I was introduced to an American ENT Specialist who suggested he "was the wrong person to deal with this" and referred me to a 'pure ear' Specialist. My subsequent operation was performed under local anaesthetic and recovery only took a few hours. I had to wait for the ear to heal before I could fly home, about 6 weeks in all. The effects I had experienced during my first operation (sickness and giddiness, referred to by another subscriber on this site) were non-existent after this operation and I can honestly say that my ear has never been as good with all 'new techology' used to repair the first implant. It was truly painless and easy and should now last for ever. Stainless steel components are used for better durability. I am now contemplating having my other ear operated on early 2007. I am sharing my experience for anybody else who may have doubts about their implant who could, under the wrong circumstances have the same experience as myself and not be as fortunate as I in being in the right place at the right time to get help and have everything fixed.
Hope this helps somebody.
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