Originally Posted by ismi
I don't know for sure, not being all that familiar with CIs, but I suspect that the level of programmability and automated-ness is pretty much the same as with a digital BTE. Probably more so with a bodyworn CI, given that you have more room to play with, but otherwise I'd guess it's largely the same. The confusion, if that's the case, could be due to the fact that you're switching to a more modern technology that you haven't used before (and would be doing so even with HAs) or could be due to the fact that sometimes the more modern technologies aren't available in the most powerful aids (so, pre-CI, the aids available to you were less bleeding-edge). Again, I'm just SWAGing here - it's just a guess.
To give a little background, I was in the market for a digital as my analog was some ten years old (Fall of 2004) and still ticking strong. My hearing just wasn't getting enough from it and therefore the looksee at digitals. When I was told that I was legally deaf and dropping rapidly, they pointed me to the direction of a CI. The rest as they say is history and I got my CI in Spring of 2005. You are right, I basically jumped a generation (or two) into a CI. That explains my lack of familiarity with digitals although I heard about programmability and digitals were the "thing" and so on. When it is sort of working for you and you don't want to think about spending a wad of bills for a new one...you tend to not look too closely.