John Mangieri lost most of his hearing in his left ear 25 years ago after surgery removed a non-cancerous skull base tumor. He got by with the hearing in his right ear, until three years ago, when a sudden viral infection left him without good hearing in either ear. He sought medical advice at Duke to determine if he might be a candidate for a cochlear implant.
“I was having trouble conversing. I had to have captions when I watched TV. When I played golf, I couldn’t hear a word my partners were saying. My thinking was, ‘I’m not hearing well with the hearing aids. If I can get an implant, it couldn’t make my hearing any worse than it was. Why not get it done?’”