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akoo

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Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:32:00 am »
Has anyone tried using a Contralateral Routing Of Sound (CROS) hearing system?
Something like this...
http://www.puretone.net/pdf/general/RelayEndUserBrochure.pdf

How effective is the CROS?
The other option is the BAHA system which requires surgical implant which I am trying to avoid. Is benefit of BAHA worth the trouble of an implant?
AN Diagnosed 28 Apr 2010 - 26x19x18mm
Radiosurgery 24 May to 1 Jun 2010 - 50.4 Guy, 28 sessions
MRI on Jan 2011 - 26x19x16mm
MRI on Jan 2012 - 26x18x16mm
MRI on July 2012 - 25x18mm

PamJ

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 09:25:16 am »
I was given the CROS and a BAHA on a headband to try for two weeks to see which one I preferred.  I didn't get on with the CROS at all as you have an hearing aid in each each and a wire going from one to the other at the back of the neck and it kept catching on my clothes.  I know have the BAHA fully fitted and am really glad I chose it I know it means an operation but I found the sound much much better than the CROS because the sound from the CROS has to go through your hair and scalp but the BAHA picks up the sound through my skull bone direct
I have the Ponto Pro
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March 2011 - Acoustic Neuroma translab surgery
July    2011 - Tarsorrhaphy surgery
June   2012 - BAHA abutment surgery
July    2012 - Tarsorrhapy reversed
Sept   2012 - BAHA (Pronto Pro) fitted
Sept   2013 - Diplopia Surgery
April   2014 - Platinum chain surgery

Paul F

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2012, 11:07:44 am »
I have used both the BAHA and the Cros.  I did not get along well the the BAHA Intenso at all and had the abutment removed.  I then went to the Phonic bi-cros.  The new Cros aids are much improved, no more wire going around the back of the head. 

The draw back is, most insurance company's won't cover the Cros.

Paul 

alabamajane

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 11:27:40 am »
contemplating which way I want to go also,, talked with Dr last week, and if I  understood,, I would be candidate for Cros in only one ear as I have excellent hearing in good ear but SSD in AN ear...

little leary of BAHA surgery also even though I know it is nothing nearly as intense as AN surgery,, just not sure up to it..and not sure up to abutement on side of head..

still thinking,, SSD not TOO bad really..
translab Oct 27, 2011
facial nerve graft Oct 31,2011, eyelid weight removed Oct 2013, eye closes well

BAHA surgery Oct. 2014, activated Dec. 26

PamJ

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2012, 11:52:33 am »
The wireless one sounds good but I didn't want an hearing aid in my good ear but I thinks it's a really personal thing.  Good luck with whatever ever one you choose
March 2011 - Acoustic Neuroma translab surgery
July    2011 - Tarsorrhaphy surgery
June   2012 - BAHA abutment surgery
July    2012 - Tarsorrhapy reversed
Sept   2012 - BAHA (Pronto Pro) fitted
Sept   2013 - Diplopia Surgery
April   2014 - Platinum chain surgery

leapyrtwins

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 02:37:23 pm »
My doc didn't recommend the CROS for me; he thought the BAHA would be a better option.

I agreed and went with the BAHA.  Have never regretted that decision. 

The implant is really no trouble - surgery is quick and healing is typically without issues.  Maintenance of the abutment is pretty non-existent too, once your site has healed.

It's definitely a personal choice, but I think the BAHA is well worth it.  Plus, my insurance company paid for the surgery and the implant, which meant I could afford it.

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

PamJ

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2012, 02:54:17 pm »
I'm with you on this one Jan I love my Ponto Pro
March 2011 - Acoustic Neuroma translab surgery
July    2011 - Tarsorrhaphy surgery
June   2012 - BAHA abutment surgery
July    2012 - Tarsorrhapy reversed
Sept   2012 - BAHA (Pronto Pro) fitted
Sept   2013 - Diplopia Surgery
April   2014 - Platinum chain surgery

mk

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Re: Contralateral Routing Of Sound
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2012, 05:59:37 pm »
To go back  to the original question, there are quite a few recent threads on the Cros. You may want to check them out:

http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=16219.0
http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=17469.0
http://www.anausa.org/smf/index.php?topic=16500.0

The Cros has been significantly updated in the last two years - there are no wires anymore. Some people find it quite effective, and some less so. In my experience I found that the audiologist had to make quite a few adjustments to make it work better.

Marianna
GK on April 23rd 2008 for 2.9 cm AN at Toronto Western Hospital. Subsequent MRIs showed darkening initially, then growth. Retrosigmoid surgery on April 26th, 2011 with Drs. Akagami and Westerberg at Vancouver General Hospital. Graduallly lost hearing after GK and now SSD but no other issues.