Apparently there are Mel ed, Advanced Bionics and Cochlear. People have said to pick which ever 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.
What is right for one person might not be right for you. You'll have to make the decision based on what you do daily (lifestyle). If you have any question go to your doctor and ask them. That is what they are there for.
I have AB (Advanced Bionics). They have a great FB group and online forum. The others may also have FB groups/forums. You should ask on the groups/forums why they chose their brand.
Also, go to each brand’s website (but remember, they’re going to try to sell you on their brand) and see what they have to offer.
The internal is the part that will be with you for, hopefully, you lifetime. The externals will change over the years.
I chose AB because they’re owned by the same company that owned my HAs so I already had some of the accessories. Plus they have a great online community.
From what I’ve been told, AB’s internal part is “ready” for many advancements to the external processor.
If you like swimming, AB has the waterprooof Neptune processor that can used in the water. They also have a waterproof case for the ear processor.
I'd signed up for AB online forums but there haven't been any updated posts on there since August.
Med-el could be good for you if you're a music lover (the implant and the models are based on musical terms like Synchrony, Opus, Concerto, Sonnet and Sonata
*I kinda thought so since my mom is a music lover too and this is the case someday*
That's not true. There's usually at least one post, if not more every day. There are 3 unread (by me) posts right now.I'd signed up for AB online forums but there haven't been any updated posts on there since August.