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Brooke’s Magic Ears – Cochlear Implant Activation

Watch Brooke’s Magic Ears – Cochlear Implant Activation Five-month-old Brooke received bilateral cochlear implants. Over (3) weeks post-op Brooke’s cochlear implants are activated. Brooke has magic ears! We’re so proud of Brooke and are excited to continue to walk alongside her on this journey.  What is a cochlear implant? A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is implanted into the inner ear (the cochlea) and is used to restore hearing in patients who no longer benefit from traditional hearing aids or …

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Marleni’s Story – Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss & Cochlear Implant

  Watch Marleni’s Story: Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss & Cochlear Implant  Thirty-two-year-old Marleni was diagnosed with “Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL).” Her hearing journey began the day before her 30th birthday, when she started to hear a ringing noise in her ear. Later that night she woke up with vertigo and experienced a louder ringing. She decided to go to the Emergency Room where she was told it was probably ear wax. Deep down inside, she knew something else was …

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Patient Testimonial: Joni – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) & Facial Paralysis

Patient Testimonial: Joni – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) & Facial Paralysis (Watch video)  Patient Joni was on a simple bike ride with her family when she felt something on the right side of her neck. On the bike ride she experienced dizziness and uncomfort. She was immediately shouted to her family and was instantly taken to the hospital where she spent 20 days in the ICU. Later diagnosed with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) which is a bulging blood vessel that bursts in …

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Patient Testimonial: Brandon – Cochlear Implant

Patient Testimonial: Brandon – Cochlear Implant Brandon was the first patient to receive a cochlear implant at Saint John’s Health Center. Brandon was diagnosed with otosclerosis in his late 20s. Otosclerosis is a condition in which there is an abnormal growth inside the ear. Otosclerosis is a hereditary disease that can be passed down to generations. In his late 30s, there was a stapedectomy performed on each ear. About a year later, another stapedectomy was performed. Then after, he was diagnosed …

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Patient Testimonial: Deeanna – Facial Paralysis

Patient Testimonial: Deeanna –Facial Paralysis (Watch video) Patient Deeanna now 29 years old, was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma at the age of 26. She was scheduled for surgery to have her tumor removed and was told there was about a 13% chance of Facial Paralysis. After foregoing with surgery, she was told that during her surgery, they noticed her tumor had been wrapped around her facial nerve and irritated it. After undergoing surgery, the tumor removal caused facial paralysis. …

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Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma

Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma  Cristobal from Ventura, California was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma. Cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that begins at the margin of the eardrum and invades the middle ear and mastoid (arrow). This is an infection that deteriorates the ear drum which results in a decreased hearing loss. Cristobal thought he would never recover his hearing. Symptoms have occurred and grown since he was about 4-years old. He experienced consistent ear pain and bleeding. Cristobal found it difficult …

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Patient Testimonial: Ronnie – Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy

  Patient Testimonial: Ronnie -Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy Ronnie had been experiencing multiple ear infections and eczema in the ear for several years. Ronnie had always felt there was cotton stuck in his ear. His ear infections, pain, and swelling continued to reoccur. After multiple visits to the emergency room, urgent care, and other ENT offices no one was able to diagnose Ronnie. Ronnie knew there was something wrong with his reoccurring ear infections and says, “I pretty much kind of …

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Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum

  Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum Johanna was diagnosed with an Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum. In 2019, she was diagnosed during an ER visit. Shortly after being diagnosed with the tumor, she was also diagnosed pre-diabetic with ketoacidosis. Johanna was placed on insulin for 6-7 months prior to surgery. Johanna met with Dr. Barkhoudarian from Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Dr. Griffiths who were preparing her for surgery. She …

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