How do I pick the correct cochlear implant company?

#21
thanks everyone for your responses. think I am leaning more towards advanced bionics but am also considering cochlear company. going on Wednesday to the doctor to look at the different ones. see what happens. AB seems to have better technology but am drawn to Cochlear's streaming options.
 

cdmeggers

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#22
definitely play with the demos in the office if you can, that way you get a feel for them and figure out how to put the processors together (take battery on/off, cables, etc.).

It's hard to tell you which company to go for, each company have their pros/cons; it's a matter of what you want to get out of the implant set up (bluetooth wireless streaming vs. having to use a neckloop streamer; different waterproof options; on-ear or off-ear options, etc). I'm pleased with my AB CIs. You can't go wrong with any of them, they all will help you hear.
 
#23
Apparently there are Mel ed, Advanced Bionics and Cochlear. People have said to pick whichever one goes with my lifestyle. But I don't know what that means. How do I know I am picking the best one for myself? I feel aggravated and overwhelmed by all this.
Cochlear has the most advanced technology, the compatibility with iPhone is priceless, I wouldn't know what to do without the iPhone compatibility it just makes the experience so very much better and relieves much of the hassle dealing with add-on equipment. Being able to quickly and easily stream audiobooks where ever I am also helped me learn to hear and speak. My doctors were blown away with how fast I gained comprehension and speech. It was all in the audiobooks.
 

LoveBlue

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#24
thanks everyone for your responses. think I am leaning more towards advanced bionics but am also considering cochlear company. going on Wednesday to the doctor to look at the different ones. see what happens. AB seems to have better technology but am drawn to Cochlear's streaming options.
AB is awaiting FDA approval for their streaming technology which will allow streaming from most phones, not just the iPhone. The parent company already has this ability in one of their hearing aids (Phonak Audeo). When approved, those of us with the latest AB processor will just need to have our audiologist "turn it on".
 
#25
AB is awaiting FDA approval for their streaming technology which will allow streaming from most phones, not just the iPhone. The parent company already has this ability in one of their hearing aids (Phonak Audeo). When approved, those of us with the latest AB processor will just need to have our audiologist "turn it on".
So AB will have streaming like Cochlear does?
 

Jane B.

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#26
So AB will have streaming like Cochlear does?
Not having either, of course, I cannot give you exact information. But, my understanding is yes and without having to have an iPhone (which seems to be one of the most expensive phones you can buy) because it will work with cell phones that use Android!
 
#27
Not having either, of course, I cannot give you exact information. But, my understanding is yes and without having to have an iPhone (which seems to be one of the most expensive phones you can buy) because it will work with cell phones that use Android!
But only if that manufacture included the hardware necessary for the connection to happen, the problem with affordable phones, while they look nifty enough on the outside, the inside is strip model and the cheapest possible hardware available, hence the low price, I think if you pay the 2nd mortgage for the CI implants, you might as well get the better device to use it with. Even Cochlears accessories pricing meet and exceed an iPhone's
 

LoveBlue

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#29
But only if that manufacture included the hardware necessary for the connection to happen, the problem with affordable phones, while they look nifty enough on the outside, the inside is strip model and the cheapest possible hardware available, hence the low price, I think if you pay the 2nd mortgage for the CI implants, you might as well get the better device to use it with. Even Cochlears accessories pricing meet and exceed an iPhone's
What hardware? Don't most phones have bluetooth?
 

LoveBlue

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#30
I like AB because they apparently have the widest IDR and highest PPS. Also their hires 3-d ultra is MRI friendly.
Since the internal will be with you for most, if not all, of you life, I'd go with one that has the best internal now and has lots of growth with the internal. All 3 brands will keep coming out with more bells & whistles for the externals so you may not be satisfied with the brand you pick today based on the externals only when one or both of the other brands come out with something similar or better.
 
#31
What hardware? Don't most phones have bluetooth?
It's not just about the Bluetooth @LoveBlue there is dual connectivity happening when you connect a CI processor to your iPhone, the reduced radio-frequency interference to enable acoustic coupling with hearing aids & CI processors that don’t operate in telecoil mode. As well as the inductive coupling with hearing aids & CI processors operating in telecoil mode.
The coupling isn't one size fits all like Bluetooth, the dual connectivity is required to make the coupling possible and mee the new FCC regulations for HAC(hearing aid compatibility)

The good news is that the FCC has adopted the HAC that is requiring all phone manufacturers to eventually offer devices that are configured for one type of connectivity to a specific brand of hearing aid or cochlear processor.
 

Jane B.

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#33
What hardware? Don't most phones have bluetooth?
I thought so also! I am currently using an LG Escape 3 purchased on special from Cricket at the end of August in 2016. Even after paying for an unlock code and getting a case I only have $60.00+ odd dollars in it. It has the Marshmallow version of Andriod I am using bluetooth to connect to a watch for alerts. I also use InnoCaption+ on it for phone calls. I do most of my email and surfing the internet from my computer because of the larger screen being soooo much easier to read than the 5" one on the phone.
 
#35
Decided to go with Advanced bionics due to their mri compatibility. Don't want to have to have surgery to remove magnet should I ever need to have an MRI done. Getting Naida q 90. I considered med el but they have the shortest battery life. If Cochlear was mri friendly, I would have chosen them.
 
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#36
Start with the surgeon. Ask why he or she prefers implanting particular manufacturers. Your ear anatomy also plays a role in the selection.
The audiologist can then guide you through a comparison of features and you can provide input to choose a manufacturer that has desirable features. As an example, if you wear a hearing aid in one ear, you will want to explore which if any manufacturers are compatible with the implant.
Best of luck on your journey!



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