Hi there, I'm currently moderately to severely Deaf. I'm both signing and oral. HAs work very well for me at the moment, however my hearing is going to decline (Ménière's Disease), and as I'm a professional musician I'm looking into what my options will be then. At the moment I have absolutely no problems with orchestral playing (I'm a bassoonist). While I don't hear all the quiet noises, I can still easily distinguish pitch of the players around me, so I have no problem playing in tune (which is pretty important, needless to say). Orchestral playing is generally pretty loud anyway, which is handy for me. I'm pretty sure that as long as I can distinguish pitch I'll stick with hearing aids, but I'm not quite sure what to do if (and it is an if, not necessarily a when, but still a big possibility) I go deaf to the point where I don't get enough with HAs. The rhythm and visual cues will obviously never be an issue for me, but accuracy of pitch is very important. At first I was totally against the idea of the Cochlear Implant because I've read that pitch is not distinguishable with anywhere near enough accuracy necessary for my job. However, I've since been reading about the AB cochlear implant and it sounds like it's a lot better with pitch than other cochlear implants; however, the people I want to hear from are professional musicians who got AB implants after hearing loss. Small subset of people, I know, but I'm sure there are some out there. Music is, of course, not the only factor in my decision; I have other concerns about Cochlear Implants. In fact, music is the only thing that is making me very vaguely consider it, but I can't help thinking that musically I might actually be better off without it, so I wanted to see if anyone who has experienced the same thing has a different opinion. I don't mean this to sound rude, but I am *only* looking for the opinions of professional musicians, not amateurs, because I need someone with an understanding of exactly what is necessary to do my job. I have of course accepted that I may not be able to continue playing indefinitely, and I've totally made my peace with that. Music is one of my two full-time jobs (I'm one of those career-oriented people with no social life), so I have a fallback option which I love just as much as my musical career, and I've had a wonderful and enjoyable musical career to date of which I will always have fond memories. I just want to make a game plan now for all eventualities. Thanks so much for reading, and looking forward to hearing from some other musicians!