Everything Cynthia Fuller does is done stratigically like how she talks on the phone and even how she sits in front of the TV. That’s because a virus left her completely deaf in one ear and with permanent buzzing, a condition called tinnitus, in the other. It’s the constant arranging to put myself physicially in a spot where my hearing is maximixed. When I say I can’t hear in stereo, people kind of laugh and say, well that’s not a big deal. But the point is, I have a huge dead zone over here. Janine Charland also has hearing loss in one ear, but she was born with it. So basically I never experienced hearing from both sides, but it didn’t prevent me from moving forward. Cynthia and Janine have never met but they will be making history together at Sunnybrook, being the first two patients to receive a promising new type of hearing implant called the bonebridge. It’s surgically implanted behind the ear and produces vibrations through the bone. And unlike earlier versions, which used a visible metal hook to anchor the external microphone, the bonebridge wirelessly links the inner and outer pieces using magnets. Sunnybrook otologist Dr. Vincent Lin will be performing the surgeries and says this is a great option for patients with single-sided hearing loss or deafness from congenital or acquired hearing loss. For patients that have the condition of single-sided deafness it will allow for them to bring the deaf side of the world back into play by rerouting sound into their good ear. For patients who have atresia, so they are born without an ear or ear canal, it will allow them to hear in stereo once again. About two hours after surgery, both Cynthia and Janine were already showing results. Without this device, if I spoke to her on her deaf side and especially in a quiet voice she wouldn’t be able to hear. I wouldn’t hear a thing! Now with this device, she can hear. Wow, that’s amazing! Thank you! I’m speaking to your deaf side Yes, I could see that it’s working. And one month later, they arrived at Sunnybrook to have their devices permanently turned on. It seems good! Now you sound like a completely normal person, and I hear you like a normal person. Wow! Dr. Lin hopes more people will know this may be an option for them. With Sunnyview, I’m Monica Matys.