What to do in order to get new cochlear implant if I already had old one?


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I wanted to know what I needed to do to get a new cochlear implant and I believe I may need a surgery to change my cochlear implant, because I gotten mine in 1996 when I was 3 years old. I believe surgery is overdue and mappings is probably different now and I don't think it will work with current generation of cochlear implant. I current have medicare and I do not know if they cover the cost of surgery and new cochlear implant, but I heard probably 80% coverage. I wouldn't mind doing monthly payment as well. I dont have much information but I do want one badly. I had a 1996 cochlear implant and box thingy but both were destroyed years ago and no longer usable now. But magnet is still inside my right side of head. So, here is some of my questions. Which company is affordable and what services I will need to go through to get new cochlear implant? I am profound deaf and current on ssdi and part time job.


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Here are links for the 3 brands in the USA to find clinics near you. Many clinics handle all three brands. You probably should contact a clinic to talk with one of their CI audiologists first. You can also ask them to give you contact information for representatives from each brand so you can discuss with them their specific brand. Audiologists and surgeons should not tell you which brand you should get. You need to make that decision after doing research on the 3 brands.

You do not have to get the same brand you currently have.

For Advanced Bionics: https://advancedbionics.com/us/en/home/cochlear-implants-for-you.html#US-Form-1

For Cochlear: https://www.cochlear.com/us/en/connect/find-a-clinic

For MedEl: https://www.medel.com/en-us/clinic-finder