Originally Posted by sr171soars
...12) Due to nature of specific unique programming of each CI, no one can "borrow" another's CI to use (there is a identification code on every Freedom CI tied to the implant of the individual - this does two things, save the individual from accidently damaging their cochlea when using the wrong CI but also keeps theft down as no one can use it but the individual it is programmed for)
That's correct, but like Boult stated, one can loan them.
We had that lately where 1 of the CI's of my daughter broke. Instead of not using it for 2 weeks, we have the possibility to get a "loan" which the provider will program with the MAP from the latest mapping session.
So you can't just exchange them, it does require professional handling.