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A Shunt? It's a Cochlear Implant!

Posted May 20 2009 1:20pm

A CRAZY STORY -  Talking with a woman who took her teenage son to one of these Urgent Care Facilities on the weekend to check to see if he had an ear infection.  The doctor said he wouldn't check the son's ears because he has a shunt and that they would have to go to the hospital.  The Mom responded, "Shunt?  That is a Cochlear Implant."  The doctor then told her he wasn't familiar with Cochlear Implants (obviously) and if he looked in the son's ears, he wouldn't know what he was looking at.  The Mom responded, "All you need to do is use the Otoscope to check the ears for an infection or fluid.  If you can see the Cochlear Implant, we have much bigger problems."  More eduction needed!

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