Hold on there...Yes, Cochlear's processing strategy can be little dated but it is still good! And it will get better with newer processor's features! One example, Cochlear is awaiting FDA approval for new software(SCAN) with improved noise software that is comparable to AB ClearVoice! Plus, I heard that Cochlear Freedom implant and CI500 implant have more RAM than older generation but that about it.. See, there is always room for improvement.Advanced Bionics is heads and tails better than Cochlear. The technology is cutting edge and the results of the new processor/implant have far exceeded an other brand in sound quality and speech perception results. Cochlear has maxed out the available technology in their implants where AB has used only about 25% of the available upgrades. Given that your implant will be with you for life, you want the best chance to accept upgrades in the future. You just can't with Cochlear.
Now, you mentioned that Cochlear cant accept upgrade in the future. With Cochlear, YES you can! Cochlear always give out processor upgrade no matter how old the implant is. 5, 15, 30 years ago, thats fine.. Cochlear will still support it! Nucleus 22(1985-1998ish) users will able to get Nucleus 6 processor in Spring 2015. Thats why Cochlear have a neat slogan called "Hear now And always" Because they are committed to keep supporting all Cochlear branded implant. Can your AB upgrade your CI for life? IMO, I dont think so.. Not after what happen with AB Clarion upgrade fiasco. Clarion 1.0/1.2 users CANNOT get Naida upgrade! If they want Naida upgrade, then they have to go through another surgery to remove old C1 implant and replace with Hires90K implant. Few people already done that. Anyway.. I dont SEE any type of lifelong commitment from AB. I dont care how advanced it is as long it get the job done. What is the point of having advanced hardware if AB not willing to support that long? Thats why I went with Cochlear.